Pythiosis: A Deadly Disease For Canines

Deadly Disease For Canines by Robert Glass, Pan American Vet Lab

Pythiosis is the disease that results from the infection with Pythium insidiosum, an organism that is similar to but not related to the fungi. Pythiosis is more commonly seen in warm wet areas with lush vegetation, such as the Gulf Coast region of the US. While horses are more commonly the victims of Pythiosis, dog pythiosis is now being diagnosed on a regular basis. While pythiosis is not considered a “common” problem, it is believed to be fatal in more than 95% of undiagnosed cases. Even when correctly diagnosed conventional treatment is able to save only 20-25% of infected dogs.