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Fungal Pneumonia in Dogs and Cats / Fungal Infections in Dogs and Cats / Pneumocystis carninii in Dogs and Cats

Fungal Pneumonia in Dogs and Cats / Fungal Infections in Dogs and cats / Pneumocystis carninii in Dogs and Cats

Herbal remedies to help relieve symptoms and the effects of fungal pneumonia in dogs and cats.

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The immune system is a complex array of cells that are found throughout your pet’s body. Immune cells are designed to function in conjunction with one another to provide a fortified defense against unwanted invaders. It is an intricate system that keeps your pet healthy and protects them against all sorts of invaders including allergens, viruses, bacteria, microbes, parasites and toxins.

The immune system is also directed at facilitating normal, balanced function and is not intended to be suppressed or stimulated. In cases of dysfunction, an animal body requires whole body systemic support. If your pet’s immune system is weakened, every bodily system is at risk, particularly when our animals are suffering from infection.

Canine and feline fungal pneumonia can be life-threatening and usually affects young puppies, kittens, senior pets and pets with compromised immunity. Pneumonia can be brought on by a weakened immune system that has been overwhelmed by bacteria, virus, fungus, toxins and other parasites.

Pneumonia is a general term that is used to refer to the inflammation of the lungs. It is different from bronchitis, which is inflammation of the bronchi and affects the air passages that send air to and within the lungs. It is common for a pet to have both bronchitis and pneumonia, which is referred to as "broncho pneumonia," but there are many other forms including, fungal, viral and bacterial infections, as well as disease references, including coccidioidomycosis, Valley Fever and/or California Disease.

Both dogs and cats can get pneumonia, but dogs are more predisposed and canine pneumonia is more common. It generally affects young puppies under one year of age. Sporting and working dogs and hounds may be more affected. 

Fungal infections are usually caused by fungi such as Coccidioidomycosis immitis, or Cryptococcus neoformans.

Coccidiomycosis, also known as Valley Fever, California Disease and San Joaquin Valley disease, is a fungal infection caused by the Coccidiodes immites organisms which primarily affects the lungs respiratory organs but can spread to other parts of the body. It affects both dogs and cats, but tends to be more common in puppies, senior dogs, immuno compromised dogs and large-breed, male dogs.

Coccidioides immitis is largely confined to Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, but the occurence of infection has increased markedly. Coccidiomycosis exists in two forms; one that is environmental driven and the other form that is host driven. The environment form exists as a mold (largely in soil) which is able to go dormant for long period of time and can be reactivated with rain. Once reactivated, Coccidiomycosis fungus produces infectious spores which can be carried by wind, and when inhaled, changes into a yeast-like organism that infects the lungs. The fungus forms spherules, which replicated continually, moving beyond the lungs to other organs and areas of the body, where the cycle continues. 

Coccidiomycosis has two stages of severity; Primary Disease and the Disseminated Disease. Primary Disease is limited to the lungs and often includes symptoms of fever, dry cough, lack of appetite, lethargy, withdrawal and depression. Dissemated Disease occurs when Coccidiomycosis fungus has spread to other parts of the body, and can include the same symptoms of Primary, but the infection commonly infects the bones and joints with symptoms of lameness and pain.   

Cryptococcosis is caused by a yeast-like fungus called Cryptococcosis neoformans. Although, it affects both cats and dogs, cats are more predisposed to this infection. Cryptococcus yeast infection occurs when your pet inhales fungal spores which affects the upper respiratory system, nervous system and the eyes, and enters the brain, eyes, lungs, and other tissues. It can also infect the stomach and the intestines, entering through the gastrointestinal tract.

Common symptoms include coughing, sneezing, breathing difficulties, nasal discharge and drainage, swelling to the eyes, trouble walking, and circling as well as lack of coordination in movement.  

Cryptococcosis can be quite severe, infecting the nervous system and eyes. It is a localized or systemic fungal infection caused by the environmental yeast, Cryptococcus. 

Symptoms will vary and depend greatly on the organ systems affected by the fungus. However, animals may have a history of problems for weeks or months, may be especially lethargic and sluggish, and in about 50 percent of animals, will have a have a mild fever.

Other symptoms include:

Nervous system signs (seizures, wobbly, uncoordinated or “drunken” movements weakness, blindness)

Skin ulceration

Enlarged lymph nodes

Vomiting and diarrhea

Lack of appetite

Nasal discharge

Other fungal infections:

Dermatophytosis (ringworm) is caused by fungal spores in the environment and typically develops on the skin as lesions. It is highly contagious and affects both dogs and cats. Common symptoms include red, raised, crusty skin and circular patches of dry skin with hair loss.

Histoplasmosis is caused by Histoplasma capsulatum organism which can be found in organically enriched soil or bird manure. This infection develops when contaminated dust is inhaled and affects dogs, cats and humans. It affects the respiratory system starting in the lungs and then spreading to other parts of the body such as the spleen, gastrointestinal tract, bone marrow, liver and eyes. Common symptoms include coughing, fever, diarrhea, weight loss, lameness, skin changes and depression.

Animals often develop these infections through ingestion or inhalation of the soil or the air. These infections range from mild skin infections to debilitating, often life-threatening systemic diseases.

Herbal Nutrition - (listed in order of relevance and recommendation by holistic vets - human grade meets/exceeds highest safety criteria for pets)

Herbal remedies are used to help boost immunity, to help address bacterial, fungal and viral infections; help to alleviate symptoms related to all types of pneumonia, including coughing, wheezing, sneezing, congestion, breathing difficulty and mucous; to help clear the lungs and reduce inflammation in the lungs; to help your dog or cat breathe easier; to help reduce pain, stress and discomfort caused by pneumonia, to help support liver function and to fight infection.

Life’s An Itch - (learn more) is used to promote optimal immune response, reduces and works to correct all types of allergic (acute and chronic) reactions by stopping histamine and mast response, which directly causes allergies; help reduce respiratory disorders; relieves wheezing, chest discomfort and sinus inflammation; soothes smooth muscles and tissues and alleviates respiratory congestion, including asthma, bronchitis, pneumonia, laryngitis, esophaghitis (GERD, reflux), rhinitis, sinusitis, bronchitis, COPD; relieves viral and bacterial infections, hot spots, remedies skin allergies and irritations, soothes itchy skin and coat in dogs and cats, and works to cut recovery time and prevent recurring infection. Strongly anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-spasmodic, antibiotic and anti-Candidal.

I Want Liquid Immunity -  (learn more) contains water-soluble plant bioflavonoids that function as potent antioxidants which are important in disease prevention; used adjunctively for growth abnormalities such as tumors, cysts and lipomas (often related to poor diet, excessive medication, environmental toxicity as well as aberrant cellular mutations); provides antioxidant protection against free radicals; helps promote cellular health and to reduce catabolic waste; may help address symptoms related to allergies, Lyme disease and other auto immune diseases; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support. Strongly anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial and anti-mutagenic.

First Aid & Wound Meal Topper for Dogs and Cats* - (learn more) is used holistically to help provide relief against external and internal infections (bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial), wounds, cuts, bites, hot spots, bruises, scrapes, abscess, cellulitis, allergic responses and more; as a hemostatic which may help stop bleeding on contact; may help promote collagen production, cellular repair and wound healing up to 30 times faster than without use; may help accelerate wound healing and combat infection; may be used internally or externally for bacterial, fungal and microbial infections as well as for its anti-inflammatory and pain-reducing properties; used holistically for its action on intestinal parasites, which are known to compromise immune health; may help as an adjunctive to help address acute and chronic diseases related to bacteria, germs, fungus and viruses, including retrovirus; cytomegalovirus; E. Coli; Staph; Bacillus subtilis, Coccidiomycosis, Cryptococcosis and DNA and RNA viruses and as a holistic adjunctive for cases of rabies.

I Cell-Ebrate Life (learn more) antioxidants help promote healthy cell and cell membrane support; helps promotes connective tissue, skin and coat support and antioxidant protection against free radicals, which is important in disease prevention; helps standardize normal cell operation; encourages free radical scavenging of cysts, tumors and lipomas; may help address symptoms related to Lyme disease; for its adaptogen content which may help identify metabolic, oxidative, physiological and physical dysfunction; provides nutritional, biochemical and plant botanical support of healthy immune cells; promotes optimal immune protection and systematic health and strength; supports bone, teeth and muscle health and integrity and for animals that need extra joint, immune, circulatory and vascular support; may help counteract Staph infections and DNA and RNA viruses.

Shake Ur Groove Thing  (learn more) promotes healthy bowel function, purification, gentle parasitic detoxification and body clarification; waste and toxin removal, including pesticides, environmental toxins found inside and outside the home, chemicals related to flea and tick products and drugs regimens such as NSAID’s and synthetic glucosteriods and corticosteroids; helps remove inorganic synthetic and derivative compounds from an animal’s cell walls to help reduce toxic load in the body; also used for cramping, pain, constipation, gas and bloating; helps support a correct balance of native intestinal flora and helps calms the digestive system; promotes immune balance and helps to limit inflammation, which is important in disease prevention; used holistically for anal fissures, fistulas, hemorrhoids, food allergies and hypersensitivities and as a general skin support. 

Conventional Remedies:

Pneumonia is a serious condition. If your pet has pneumonia, or you think your pet could have pneumonia, contact your vet immediately.  

If a dog with pneumonia is in stable condition (eats well and active), he will usually be allowed to stay home with medication treatment such as antibiotics.

Dogs that are in unstable or critical conditions will be hospitalized and receive treatments such as oxygen therapy and IV fluid therapy in addition to antibiotic treatment.


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