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Pythiosis in Dogs

Ragin’ Rusti Steel QAA

3/19/2002 - 7/14/2006
3/19/2002 – 7/14/2006

My wonderfully talented 4-year-old male Labrador Retriever succumbed to Pythiosis in 2006. This emerging tropical disease is silently killing dogs around the U.S.

Most practicing vets have never seen this disease, so the information available on this site will give you more options in the diagnosis and treatment of your sick pet.

Pythiosis is an emerging tropical disease that was not seen in the U.S. 10-20 years ago when most practicing veterinarians attended vet school. Unless your vet has personally experienced this disease, they will probably NOT RECOGNIZE its symptoms and most DO NOT KNOW about the simple blood test to detect its antibodies or the immunotherapy treatment.

Early intervention is CRITICAL with this infection.

PYTHIOSIS ALERTS (States which have had cases of Pythiosis)

Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, New Jersey, North Carolina, Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Wisconsin and Virginia. Bermuda.

If you know of a dog with Pythiosis, please help others and fill out this quick form to help us identify areas of infection.

Dogs lost to Pythiosis

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15 thoughts on “Home”

  1. Our 3 year old lab/pyranese mix died Sunday. RIP Bear, We love you Buddy!! (Skedee, OK)

  2. How is the treatment going? We have just sent the blood sample to the lab to find out if our 6 month puppy has this problem. Fingers crossed!!

  3. Mary, I’m sorry to read the post about losing your dog. I see treatment was started and she died not to long afterwards. Do you mind telling me how long did she has the illness before treatment?

  4. We just lost our 4.5 year old Airedale Terrier yesterday from this. It was so sudden. A few days of not eating well and then he died at the vet within ours. We are devastated. We live in a suburb of Houston, Texas named League City. My dog was an inside dog and never swam anywhere.

  5. PavLab has an early detection blood test which indicates exposure to Pythium Insidiosum with a titre test. Their immunotherapy vaccines have helped many dogs survive this disease.

  6. My 6 month old female boxer puppy is not eating as well as I would like. I lost Hershey to Pythiosos earlier this year. I’m trying not to project her loss onto Pebbles. But I am concerned.

  7. Our 22 month old boxer died September 5, 2014 of Pythiosis. We live in Birmingham, AL. RIP Laney. You will forever be in our hearts.

  8. My 2 y.o. German Shepard was just diagnosed last week with Pythiosis. We live just outside of Charleston S.C.

  9. We lost our Lab/Rottweiler, Drake, on October 8, 2014, in Arkansas. I wish I had seen your website earlier, we are devastated and heartbroken.

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I have dedicated this site to my dog, Rusti, whom I lost to Pythiosis in 2006.