Recently, a good friend of mine and his family lost their hunting dog to this fungal infection. As imagined, it was devastating to the family. Cally is the sister to my youngest male Drahthaar and she was an incredible hunting dog with unbelievable natural ability who not only tested well but in just two years became an incredible hunter of upland and waterfowl game. She had an incredible switch to go from pure hunting machine to lovable house dog with 3 little ones to hang around with.
It’s at least the 5th dog I’ve known in central Illinois to get the fungus in the past 10 years; several of which passed away because of it and the others lost at least partial eyesight. Quite frankly, it scares the heck out of me because it is hidden in the soil and there is no way to know exactly where. Hunting dogs are more likely to get infected simply because they spend a lot of time rooting around with their nose close to the ground. I’m adding a couple of good websites with information as I’m no veterinarian. In short, know the symptoms and get IMMEDIATE veterinary care when shown as the speed at which the drugs are administered are key to fighting it.
Rest in Peace, Cally girl. . .