Pythiosis is caused by a fungal-like aquatic organism called Pythium insidiosum. This organism is not a true fungus, but behaves somewhat similarly. It exists in stagnant water, or on grasses that have been exposed to the stagnant water. the spores can become airborne in high winds and be spread in that manner. Wherever they land, they may lay dormant for long periods of time until activated by rain or heavy dew. Although many dog and horse owners have never heard of this water borne plant pathogen, we believe it is more common than vets or researchers realize. No reporting of animal pythiosis cases is required. It is becoming more resistant and it’s also moving further north (some cases as far north as Arkansas, Washington State, and North Carolina).
There are two ways Pythiosis presents in dogs. Cutaneous (pythiosis of the skin) is visable, with lesions that can develop in many areas. some dogs are affected in more than one area. It commonly appears on the legs, tail, head or neck, perineum or inside of the thigh. We have seen cases where the entire back is covered. The lesions differ somewhat from what is common in the horse. In our experience, kunkers (necrotic, sometimes calcified, pale material that resemble bumpy rice kernals) are not present in Canine lesions. Rather, these lesions may have pus filled nodules and draining tracts.
We have found the sub-cutaneous cases to be much more common. Most common of the sub-cutaneous type of Pythiosis is gastro-intestinal although it may also infect the brain, lungs or sinuses. Symptoms of stiffness, head pain, fever, coughing and swelling of the sinuses may be seen for the latter. Symptoms of Gastrointestinal (GI) may include fever, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss, abdominal mass and pain and enlarged lymph nodes. Unfortunately, once symptoms appear the disease has been present for some time.
*We now know Major’s Solultion™ (formerly Fungus Free Plus®)has a positive effect on Lagenidium Gigantus. Although very rare, we were contacted by a documented case in North Florida for product. The horse is doing well and responding favorably to the Major’s Solution™ protocol. At this time we have not heard of any reported cases of canine Lagenidium Gigantus.
Step 1: Clean infected area
Gently clean the area with a sea salt solution, pat or let dry.
Step 2: Major’s Solution™ (formerly Fungus Free Plus®)
Shake the bottle before each use. Apply enough Major’s Solution™ to cover the area.
Step 3: Bandage the area
This product may safely be used under bandaging. We highly recommend changing bandages twice per day and applying Major’s Solution™ at each bandage change.
Step 4: Recommended Treatment
Continue to re-apply & bandage until wound is scab free. We recommend our Canine Internal formula be used in conjunction with the topical formula. The dosage is just 1 drop per 10 lbs twice a day.
For Sub-cutaneous cases the dosage for the Canine Internal formula is the same.
*Ultimately, it is the body that heals itself, given the proper support.