Author Topic: Blastomycosis in cats  (Read 106 times)

Offline bwilkes

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Blastomycosis in cats
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:17:42 AM »
Hi all,

I have a 12 y/o cat that has been having difficulty breathing. Initially I took him to get blood work done as I was scared it was kidney failure. Blood work was perfect and treatment from the vet was a shot of prednisone which did alleviate symptoms for a few days. However, his breathing problems returned and I took him back. I got a chest x-ray and the vet found what she believes in blastomycosis. She admitted she had to look it up in a few of her textbooks as it is so rare in the region I live in (southeast Georgia) and even more rare in cats. I've started him on Itrafungol 2x daily and after a month of treatment I am taking him back for a follow up radiograph. I'm very worried about him and may very well end up taking him to a specialist for a wash or biopsy. The fact that he got any lung infection scares me honestly. He's always been a strictly indoor cat and everything I've seen has vectors from outdoors. This is the only forum I have found with other people sharing their experiences. Has anyone out there had any experience with blasto or any other lung infection in cats?

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Re: Blastomycosis in cats
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 07:37:25 PM »
Sorry to hear your kitty is feeling poorly. Not very many cat owners have posted on here, but I seem to remember someone thinking their indoor kitty may have contracted blasto from potting soil with a lot of organic matter in it. There's a lab in Indianapolis called Mira Vista that can test a urine sample for blasto in dogs. It might be worth checking to see if they can do the same for cats, that would be less stressful on your kitty than the wash or biopsy.

Sorry I couldn't be much help, but hope your kitty gets better soon!

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Re: Blastomycosis in cats
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2017, 05:49:28 AM »
Thank you very much!

 

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