Our basset hound, Duke, was recently diagnosed with blasto, has now been on sporanox for about 50 hours.
It all started at the beginning of the month when his eye was cloudy and rolling back and his mouth was in too much pain to eat or even bark, the vet basically took a stab in the dark and gave him some antibiotics. 5 days had passed and he only grew worse, so we brought him back and he was prescribed prednisone, he was getting better to the point where he was eating and barking again so things were looking up. A week passed and although he was better than before, his eye was still a bit cloudy and getting worse. And he started developing heavy breathing. So back to the vet he went, when they finally diagnosed him with blasto and started on sporanox immediately. He has no on 100mg sporanox twice daily, as well as a large dose of prednisone and 3 different eye drops in an attempt to save his now bad eye. We are told his lungs are very bad, and things don't look great for him, and even worse for his eye. We have pretty well accepted if he does manage to beat it, he will be down at least 1 eye.
One thing that worries me is the vet has never mentioned hospitalizing him or oxygen or anything. Just basically saying, he may get worse, he may have respiratory failure and pass away. I am aware that the first 72 hours are the worst due to die off, 50 hours in he's still breathing fortunately.
I attempted to count his breaths/pm but quite frankly it's so quick I can barely keep up, my best guess was 160 BPM
So to the question, what can I do to help him out, better to be cooler or hotter? Need a humidifier or anything? Any extra supplements? And so on.
Fortunately in spite of his hard breathing he's still very aware, wags his tail sometimes to greet us etc. Still eats most of the time, and is drinking lots of water, probably partially due to his high prednisone intake.
There is only one other vet in town but I'm debating going to see them.
I am located in Moose Jaw SK Canada, and my do was the 4th blasto diagnosis this week alone just at this vets office.
Anyways my thoughts are jumping all over the place and I'm typing on my phone so I should quit while I'm ahead.
Any tips, help or words of encouragement is appreciated.
I've attached the x ray of the poor boys lungs, and one of his beautiful face.