Author Topic: Hope, Am Staff, 1 year old diagnosed with Blastomycosis on 11/23/16  (Read 864 times)

Offline Hopesmom

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First Name of Patient   (Helpful if used in the title)
Species (human, dog, cat)
Sex   Female
Age at first symptoms   1 yr and 3 mo
Year of first symptoms   2016
Country   USA
Patient's Locality (town/state/prov)   Minooka, IL, USA
Did this patient survive?   As of right now, yes
Was there an official medical diagnosis of Blastomycosis?   Yes by Internal Medicine Specialist Dr Mazzei at MedVet Chicago based on aspiration of a pustule on her side.  Mira Vista confirmation still pending.  I will post the status of that test when results are in.
How and where do you think this patient caught Blastomycosis?   At the Kenosha KC show in Wilmot, WI -- muddy and ground churned up by cars stuck in mud; they put down wood mulch to give traction.  Overall miserable conditions.  Last time Hope was in good weight -- harder and harder to put weight on her after this show.  I feed raw and she was eating the same as a dog who weighs twice what she does.
Symptoms   Crate spinning; frequent urination in crate.  Losing weight.  Developed cough.  Started picking at food.  Weight loss becoming alarming.  Limping, transient, goes from leg to leg.  Muzzle swollen.  Nodule on side.  Breathing labored.  Chest xray revealed "snowstorm" or what vets call miliary appearance.  Abdominal xray abnormal also, ultrasound perfromed.
Treatment   As of 11/28/16:  11/23 to 11/24 -- in Oxygen cage.  11/25 to 11/26 in normal cage in pet hospital.  Discharged to me on 11/26.  Medications:  Fluconazole, Tramadol, Prednisone. 
Cost of Treatment (optional)   $4926

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Re: Hope, Am Staff, 1 year old diagnosed with Blastomycosis on 11/23/16
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2016, 08:59:36 PM »
How long does it take to see an improvement?  Xray showed some more of a snowstorm appearance, less clotting, and a clear area.  But she hurts still, lameness, mostly poor appetite...I see why many elect to euthanize.

 

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