Bacterial Infection by Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma, & Acoleplasma in Dogs

Mycoplasmosis is infection caused by mycoplasma, ureaplasma (t-mycoplasma), or acholeplasma. These are anaerobic bacteria capable of assuming a variety of shapes, and spreading into different systems throughout the body causing various forms of diseased conditions. These are believed to be the smallest organisms capable of growing independently. They are found in nearly every environment, causing disease not only in animals, but also in people, plants, and insects.

Symptoms of mycoplasmosis includes inflammation joints (polyarthritis) causing lameness, difficulty moving, fever, and general discomfort. Other signs may include squinting or spasmodic blinking, fluid-buildup in the eyes, reddened eyes, discharge from the eyes, conjunctivitis and sneezing.

Further signs may relate to the site of infection. Urethritis  vaginitis, prostatitis, nephritis, and cystitis are some of the conditions that may be present. Infertility is also a common finding, along with pregnancies that abort or produce weak newborns, stillbirth, early death of newborns, or death while in embryo.

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