Morgellon fibers in dogs

Morgellon fibers in dogs

Morgellons skin and coat damage in dogs

  The photos were taken with a medical-grade, handheld, mobile Bodelin Proscope HR with detachable lenses of 50x or 400x.

     The images displayed on this page are just a sample of the various debris, fibers, specks and "fuzz balls" seen in one household where two pet dogs share similar symptoms/signs of Morgellons Disease.  The "fibers" or filaments seen in, on, or removed from the skin of the dogs have several characteristics in common with what is seen in Morgellons Disease of humans.
     The signs began 3 years ago and the dogs continue to have intermittent malaise and skin and coat changes that were not present in their earlier years.  The owner of these two dogs had several veterinary medical examinations and consultations with veterinary specialists and extensive blood and urine tests were done.  None of the data were consistent with exposure to Borrelia (Lyme disease), Bartonella, Babesia or any other co-infecting organisms.

 Just a few of hundreds of images of fibers, debris and "fuzz balls" are presented here. 

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     Open sores in the skin may not be present in a dog or human harboring the Morgellon fibers.  Interestingly, the fibers seem to have a diverse morphology (body or structural makeup) in that they may display colors such as red, blue, crystalline and black or brownish.  Some are small diameter fibers (about 0.01 to 0.05 micrometer) and the debris and fuzzballs are seldom larger than 0.5 microns in diameter.  Many of these dark to crystalling fibers have varying shaft diameters, have fractured or irregular composition, or can possess a uniform, smooth, gradually bending length and are entwined around a hair shaft or embedded in tissues.
     Curiously, the unusual debris that is present can have irregular clump-like character and varying colors.
Some are dry and crunchy, some short and straight, some mucousy.  In general dogs and cats do not have any skin lesions at all but have hyperesthesia, hyperactivity and persistent itching with no visible dermal manifestations.

Dogs producing Morgellons debris,  fibers, and fuzz balls do not always display traumatized skin.  The sores and skin ulcerations so often present in human Morgellons Disease are not always present in dogs.  Yet owners find these fibers, debris and fuzz balls emanating from the skin of their pets.

     These fibers do not have the appearance of normal hairs.  Many hair root bulbs are in various stages of corruption and degredation; it's as if an unidentifiable microbe has triggered the root bulb to produce a hybred hair shaft... but the resulting hair fiber is morphologically unlike a normal keratin hair fiber.   Antibiotics alone... even for dermal lesions where culture and sensitivity diagnostics are performed to target the appropriate antibiotic for the individual patient's coinfection, may or may not help resolve the skin lesions.  In humans there is remarkable evidence that numerous dietary factors, especially controlling gluten intake, impacts the healing or progression of Morgellons symptoms.

      Is there a living organism such as a prion, viron, fungus, bacteria, protozoa such as Dictyostelium discoideum that coalesce into slime molds, or an unclassified organism that triggers DNA aberrations of dermal tissues?  Perhaps in dogs and cats Morgellon fibers may be an opportunistic invader of injured tissue. Could they be present scattered about the body leaving no evidence of their habitation until cell injury signals a recruitment of these unknown "fiber generators" to gravitate toward the area of trauma? Their presence surely would not be an advantage to the patient and may be a component of a non-healing process of ulcerative dermatitis.
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     The two dogs described on this page with images of fibers , fuzzballs and debris are submitted by the owner.  Although no skin sores or ulcers were present on these two dogs they still exhibit various signs and characteristics typical of Morgellons Disease ...including the primary distinguishing characteristic of the illness, the diagnostic fibers or filaments.

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Morgellons skin and coat damage in dogs

      In my practice when observing pets showing signs consistent with Morgellons-type fibers/filaments either in lesions, on their skin, their digestive tracts, or in non-healing surgical sites, I now inquire about Lyme Disease testing records.  Some patients have been exposed and some have not.  I make it a practice when performing my clinical exams to watch for potential co-infections such as Lyme Disease because it is a fact in veterinary medicine as well as in human medicine that Lyme Disease testing is not completely reliable!   If Lyme diseaseor any other infectious or metabolic pathologic entity is a co-conspirator we must treat that disorder to have a chance to eradicate the Morgellons problems. 

     Therefore, it is extremely important to perform the clinical exam with an open mind while looking for relevant signs of disease characteristics.   Many human and veterinary medical doctors consider establishing a diagnosis of Lyme Disease as an exercise of clinical judgement and begin therapy rather than waiting for conclusive data from tests that are often inconclusive.  Morgellons fibers may be present in dogs that do not and have not shown any evicence of a Borrelia or other infectious organism exposure

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