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Offline tlpellic

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Another success story and extra meds
« on: October 01, 2016, 01:36:31 PM »
Our Karelian Bear Dog, Luca, was diagnosed with Blastomycosis in July, 2015.  It started out with a swollen eye.  I thought he had a bee sting.  It didn't go away after a couple of days and it was Friday before a holiday weekend, so I took him to the vet.  She told us that it was definitely not a bee sting and started him on some antibiotics and steroids.  Four days later we took him to an eye specialist (didn't even know they had eye specialists for dogs before this) and that vet guessed immediately that it was caused by blastomycosis.  This was confirmed by a urine test shortly thereafter.  He started treatment immediately, but was already blind in that eye.  For about 3 weeks the eye specialist tried to save the blind eye, but it was causing Luca a lot of pain.  We had the eye removed and he immediately improved significantly.  He remained on the antifungal medications for about 8 more months before one day we really refused to take them any more.  We had another test done and the results were very low, but not quite "0".  We waited 4 more months and then had him tested again last month and the results were non-detect.  He seems as healthy and energetic as he did before he got the infection.  Just don't get on his blind side when he is running full speed!  I currently have Itraspor from the Canada Drug Pharmacy, 100 mg capsules.  10 boxes of 15 capsules each plus 1 box with 6 remaining capsules.  All have expiration dates of 05/2018.  I don't want it to go to waste and would send it to someone that could use it for their dog.  I am attaching a few photos.  It looked really bad at first, but now it is much better.  Luca just turned 6 a couple of weeks ago and we look forward to many more happy years with him!  That is his little sister Bella with him in the one picture.

Offline ryan9178

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Re: Another success story and extra meds
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2016, 11:40:54 AM »
tlpellic,
I'm glad Luca was able to beat this!!  My dog, Cosmo, was diagnosed with Blasto this week.  I picked up 7 days worth of itraconazole (14 pills) to get him started. The cost was crazy-$206!  My vet said in general, that she customarily does a urine test after 3 months of treatment and if clear of blasto, 3 more months of treatment.  Luca's leftover medication would help us out greatly!

I sent you an email to see if you had any takers.  I look forward to hearing from you.
Congratulations to you and Luca!

Offline tlpellic

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Re: Another success story and extra meds
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2016, 12:12:03 PM »
Ryan, I responded to your e-mail and will be mailing you the meds tomorrow.  Good luck with Cosmo!  Tracy

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Re: Another success story and extra meds
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2016, 09:53:48 AM »
Hi not sure where you all live.  But if you have a Costco they have the best prices! for Intraconazole $175 a month vs $300 at target/cvs/walgreens. Hope this helps.  :)

Offline Lottman

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Re: Another success story and extra meds
« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2017, 01:48:36 AM »
It's good to hear a success story!

 

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