Cryptococcus is a yeast that can cause disease in many species of animals including dogs, cats, livestock, wildlife and and people. The disease can be hidden in a pet or become long term (chronic).
Cases seen at Little Mountain Veterinary Clinic: 2 dogs and 2 cats.
Dogs: The tissues affected are the brain , the spinal cord and it's surrounding tissues causing incoordination, lameness, pain; the sinuses causing stringy discharge; and skin causing lumps of ears, feet and face.
Cat: Tissues affected are the nasal passages and the throat area. From the nasal cavity the infection can go further into the cranial cavity or around the nerve to the eye causing blindness. In old cats with nose or eye discharge, blindness, stumbling, coughing and a high temperature can be seen. A chronic pneumonia or lumps (may look like a tumour) under the skin can also occur. Eventually the central nervous system CNS, may be affected.
Diagnosis: Diagnosis is needed before treatment can be done. This is a blood test. Sometimes a stained slide of the discharge or cells will have the organism and help diagnosis.
Treatment: Treatment is very long. it may take months to cure this disease. Treatment is not always successful and can be expensive. The cost really depends on the case and varies depending on the drug used and the organism and patient.
Caution: This organism is in the soil and has been found in eucalyptus trees. Remember the outbreak on Vancouver Island in 1999 of Cryptococcus gattii? It has been found on Vancouver Island. If yu see any of the above signs in your pet make an appointment and lets check out what is going on. If your pet has this organism it is in your environment. You will not 'catch' it form your pet but from the environment.
For further information check:
Sign-up using the form or call us at 604-792-2844 today!
|Monday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
|Tuesday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
|Wednesday||9am -12pm||Doctor not in|
|Thursday||9am -12pm||3pm - 4:30pm|
|Friday||9am -12pm||2pm - 4:30pm|
Dr Banyard's Blog
Our new videos:
Weather Alert: We are closed today until further notice due to freezing rain and hazardous driving conditions. Be safe and stay off the roads until driving conditions are no longer hazardous. We apologize of any inconvenience to you and your pets.
In our newest video we tell you what gum recession is and show you a few tips on how to recognize it.
New Video on You Tube:
New Video on You Tube:
This video shows x-rays of the upper right and left molar teeth at the back of the mouth in this dog. These teeth are hidden from view so this is very easily missed by pet owners.
This series of 3 short videos shows what the vet sees in the oral exam. Remember that now all the disease is seen. X-rays are needed to see how severe the problem is.
Do you ever wonder about how often your pet needs to have a professional teeth clean? You are not alone. Here is the answer and reasons why.
New video on You Tube:
This is for people who need a few ideas on how to best start out brushing their pet's teeth. For further information watch Dr Banyard's other videos on you tube, 'Dentistry for Pet Owners 101' and 'Professional teeth clean in a dog: Parts 1 to 7'.
24/7 emergency service is very costly to MediCare and no less costly to veterinarians. The following Emergency clinics are best equipped for your pet's emergency needs. For after hour emergency service please call:
1. Animal Emergency Clinic of the Fraser Valley
Hours: Open 24/7
#306-6325 204th Street,
Langley, B.C. Canada V2Y 3B3
2. Abbotsford Valley Animal Emergency Clinic
Hours: Monday to Saturday 5pm to 8:00 am, Sunday and weekends 24hours
Meet The Doctor