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Emerging and reemerging fungal infections in pets

The emergence of novel and previously identified fungal pathogens in pets has become an increasing concern in the veterinary field. This can be attributed to several factors such as climate change, the overuse of antibiotics and antifungals, the increasing use of immunosuppressive therapies and other contributing factors.


❇️ Climate change can disrupt disease distribution and prevalence, enabling pathogens to spread to new areas.


❇️ Antibiotic and antifungal overuse can disrupt the richness and evenness of the microbiota, leading to increased susceptibility to infections.


❇️ Immunosuppressive protocols can lead to the suppression of the animal's immune system, making them more susceptible to opportunistic fungal infections.


To effectively address the challenges posed by emerging and reemerging fungal infections in pets, it is crucial to adopt a OneHealth approach that recognizes the connection between the health of people, animals, and the environment.


Additionally, the use of pre/probiotics to modulate the microbiota may be a promising alternative approach to improve immune function and reduce the risk of infections especially in immunocompromised pets.

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