Sporotrichosis is caused by infection with the dimorphic saprophytic fungus Sporothrix schenckii. The organism grows best in moist soil rich in decaying vegetation, sphagnum moss, and hay; in humans, risk factors for infection include rose gardening, topiary production, Christmas tree farming, and hay baling. Sporotrichosis is rare in dogs and is usually characterized by multiple cutaneous lesions on the head, ears, neck, and thorax, although osteoarticular and disseminated forms can also develop. Itraconazole appears to be the treatment of choice for cats and humans with sporotrichosis and seems to be effective in dogs as well.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association|
|State||Published - May 1 2001|