Systemic candidiasis in a dog

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 Sep 15;223(6):821-4, 810. doi: 10.2460/javma.2003.223.821.


Candida albicans is a common cause of nosocomial infections in humans, but there are few reports of systemic candidiasis in dogs. This report describes an 11-year-old spayed female Scottish Terrier with systemic candidiasis. The diagnosis was made on the basis of results of microbiologic culture of specimens from urine and venous catheters and histologic examination of tissues obtained post mortem. Factors that predisposed the dog of this report to systemic candidiasis included diabetes mellitus, corticosteroid and broad-spectrum antimicrobial administration, venous and urinary catheterization, and administration of nutrition parenterally. The development of pyrexia and leukocytosis in dogs with risk factors that predispose to Candida spp infections warrants evaluation via microbial culture of specimens from urine and vascular catheters used in those dogs.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antifungal Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Candida albicans / isolation & purification
  • Candida albicans / pathogenicity
  • Candidiasis / diagnosis
  • Candidiasis / drug therapy
  • Candidiasis / veterinary*
  • Catheters, Indwelling / microbiology
  • Dog Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Dog Diseases / drug therapy
  • Dog Diseases / etiology
  • Dogs
  • Fatal Outcome
  • Female
  • Fluconazole / therapeutic use*
  • Opportunistic Infections / diagnosis
  • Opportunistic Infections / drug therapy
  • Opportunistic Infections / veterinary*
  • Urine / microbiology


  • Antifungal Agents
  • Fluconazole