7th Annual Gulf-Atlantic Veterinary Conference
Fungal infections remain a significant cause of disease for dogs and cats in most regions of the United States with there being an increase in the number of cases now recognized and treated. This may be due to the increasing use of immunosuppressant drugs or more likely may be due to advanced diagnostic techniques which are able to detect disease more accurately and earlier in the course of disease. Pathogens usually gain entry through a single portal and then are either eliminated, form localized disease or are disseminated throughout the body. There are few antifungal drugs available for use both in human and veterinary medicine with the efficacy of these drugs being variable. Treatment periods are often prolonged, and the drugs are costly. These lectures will focus of common and important fungal pathogens in veterinary medicine and will include the clinical signs, diagnostics and treatment.