Pythiosis is a disease that results from an infection with the fungus-like organism, Pythium insidosum. It is found in warm areas, including the Gulf coast Region. It affects horses and can affect dogs as well. One of the dangers with dogs is that it often goes undetected or is misdiagnosed. Infection can occur through ingestion or a break in the skin. Skin infections start as lesions that look like small puncture wounds. These turn into large ulcerative abscesses that grow quickly and don’t resond to conventional anti funal drugs. Gastrointestinal desease shows up weeks to months after exposure with symptoms such as diarrhea, vomiting, blood in feces, weight loss and loss of energy.
To learn more about this disease, Bob Glass will give a presentation at Bass Pro Shop, Sunday, Sept 16 at 1:30 pm, 5000 Katy Mills Circle, Katy Mills Mall.