Blastomycosis Beware – CBD as Complementray Therapy for Fungal Infections

CBD oil may help stave off Blastomycosis symptoms

Recently a valued customer reached out to us with an unusual story. We have hundreds of pet owners who give their dogs C.H.O.™ Pet to help with osteoarthritis, seizures, and anxiety. We know our CBD oil routinely helps canine patients deal with cancer and the ravages of chemotherapy. And we know that some skin issues resolve with the addition of CBD oil. But Ashley Gaer’s story of her beloved Newfoundland Cass and his experience with Blastomycosis was something new.

Blastomycosis typically attacks male large breeds who spend a lot of time in the water.
Cass (brown) and his brother Elmore (black) both enjoy benefits from C.H.O.™ Pet CBD oil.

What is Blastomycosis?

Blastomycosis is a systemic fungal infection caused by an organism that thrives in rotting wood and wet soil. Dogs that spend a lot of time in the water and in wet environments – especially male large breed hunting and sporting dogs –  are most susceptible to Blastomycosis infections.

Ashley’s dog Cass is a Newfoundland – clearly part of the susceptible population. Newfies are large breed working dogs who are most at home in the water. These gentle giants even have webbed paws, and they are known for their ability to perform dramatic rescues in icy waters.

How does a dog get Blastomycosis?

Most canines get Blastomycosis by inhaling the fungal spores. The spores travel through the dog’s respiratory system and become large yeast-like organisms that multiply throughout the body.

Cass was diagnosed with Blastomycosis in 2018. Ashley suspects that he inhaled the spores while doing water rescue work in an area where the fungus is prevalent.

What are the symptoms of Blastomycosis?

According to Dr. Karen Becker, symptoms include loss of appetite, fever, weight loss, inflammation of the iris of the eye, coughing, and pus-filled skin lesions. More severe symptoms can include sudden blindness, lameness, and seizures.

Cass’s presentation was a little different than most. His symptoms have included bone, muscle, and joint issues, coupled with respiratory complications that initially looked like kennel cough. Ashley feels strongly that using C.H.O.™ Pet CBD Oil as a complementary therapy–along with prescribed anti-fungal medications–has allowed her Newfie to keep up his appetite and stamina. “I think it really has helped Cass,” she says, “because he has NEVER lost his appetite and frankly, any energy, during his fight with it. This is a sickness that kills dogs and he has only once had a flare up and even then, I had him on the 2400mg and he recovered in 24 hours.”

How is Blastomycosis typically treated?

The standard treatment for Blastomycosis infections is a long course of anti-fungal medications. Some dogs may stay on the meds for many months as they battle the fungus, and marked weight loss often occurs. Ashley says the anti-fungals were rough on Cass’s system, but stresses the importance of sticking with the medications for their entire prescribed course. She credits the CBD oil with easing the side effects and allowing Cass to stay strong throughout the treatment.

We’re thrilled that our C.H.O.™ Pet CBD oil is helping Cass fight off his fungal foe, and so grateful to Ashley for telling us his story. Want to learn more about Blastomycosis? Check out Dr. Becker’s informative article here. And read Ashley’s testimonial for more great information about Cass and his brother Elmore.

Huge thanks to Ashley and her beautiful boys. Have you got a story to share? We always love hearing from customers–email us!

Applied Basic Science Shines at 20th Annual CVMBS Research Day

Research students at Colorado State University – working with CBD oil supplied by Applied Basic Science – garnered third place accolades at the 20th Annual CVMBS Research Day on Saturday. This informative poster details a current canine epilepsy study conducted by Dr. Stephanie McGrath at CSU. Dr. McGrath and her team are working in conjunction with Applied Basic Science and the American Kennel Club – Canine Health Foundation. Their current study tests the following hypothesis: CBD will be a safe and effective therapy for uncontrolled canine epilepsy with minimal adverse side effects. Promising preliminary results are encouraging. Researchers note that “CBD has the potential to reduce seizure frequency in dogs with uncontrolled, idiopathic epilepsy.”

CBD Oil provided by Applied Basic Science shows promising results with canine epilepsy patients.