Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Infectious Disease

Cryptococcosis

General Information
Cryptococcosis is disease of people and animals caused by a yeast (a type of fungus) called Cryptococcus neoformans. It is found throughout the world in soil and bird droppings and is consistently found in old pigeon nests. It infects cats more so than dogs, and it gains entrance to the body by being inhaled into the lungs. From the lungs, it can spread to other parts of the body, such as the brain, eyes, sinuses, and skin, via the blood or lymph system. It causes open festering skin sores in the form of nodules.

The brain form of the infection is much more serious and harder to cure, and the chances of recovery are poor. It can cause convulsions and even death. The sinus, nose, and skin forms of the infection are treatable, and the cure rate is fair to good.

Important Points in Treatment
1. Laboratory tests, including complete blood counts, serum chemistry profiles, cultures, and radiographs (x-rays), provide an overview of your pet’s organ system and general physical condition. It is important for some of these tests to be repeated at certain intervals to help guide your pet’s therapy.
2. Treatment is generally for long periods; 6 to 10 weeks is common.
3. The disease is not directly transmitted from animal to animal or from animals to people.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

  • Upon arrival, owners can call us from the curb in front of the clinic and we will have a technician assistant come to your car and bring your pet inside.
  • From here, your pet will be examined and the doctor will develop a treatment plan which he will then communicate via phone with the owner.
  • At the end of the visit, an invoice will be brought out to your car and payment can be taken via phone.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.