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Cat AntifungalsAbout Cat Antifungals

Funguses (also called fungi) are parasitic, spore-producing organisms. They obtain their nourishment by absorbing food from the hosts on which they grow. Many species of fungus exist in the environment, but only some cause infections. The primary source of most infections is soil. Fungal infections can be acquired by inhalation, ingestion, or through the skin (for example, through a cut or wound).

Some fungal infections can cause disease in otherwise healthy animals, while others require a host that is sick, weakened, or immunocompromised to establish infection. Prolonged use of antibiotic drugs or immunosuppressive agents appears to increase the likelihood of some fungal infections. The infection itself may be localized, or it may affect the entire body. In general, fungal infections affecting the skin (such as ringworm) are common in cats, while generalized fungal infections are very rare.


 

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