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Offline steph

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Uzi & Blasto
« on: August 20, 2018, 06:19:41 AM »
Good morning!
Our dog Uzi (1.5 year old coonhound) was diagnosed with blasto a week ago.  I am so glad to have found this forum, because there's not a lot of info out there about what happens once they start treatment.
We boarded Uzi for a weekend in July, and picked him up on Sunday July 15th.  He was acting normal, maybe a little tired (which he always his when he comes back from the kennel).  Monday, we did our normal routine - 3 mile walk around lunch time.  Uzi is a very hyper dog, always ready to play and go for a walk.  Tuesday, he seemed a little sluggish, so we cut our walk a little short.  On Wednesday, he struggled to really keep up and had started limping a little on his front paw.  We looked at it, and there was a small cut on the pad of his foot, so naturally we thought that was the cause of limping.  Thursday, we tried to go for a walk, but we barely made it to the end of the street - he couldn't walk fast at all, and was really limping.  Saturday, we called the vet and made an appointment for Monday.  Over the weekend, he stopped limping on the front paw, and started limping on his back leg - holding it up as high as he could.
The vet told us he had a fever, so gave him some amoxicillin and pain meds, thinking it was a small tissue tear (took xrays of his hips and saw nothing).  After a week or so, Uzi had not improved, and was now limping on both the back and front leg (opposite legs, so he could hop around on two legs).  We decided that we wanted to try a different vet (one that was more into holistic treatment and less into just throwing pills at issues). 
When we went to the new vet, Uzi was at the point of having to be carried up/down stairs, and longer distances.  This vet immediately told us to go to the emergency clinic about 40 minutes away and to have a joint tap done.  We drove to the emergency clinic, and instead of paying $500 for a joint tap (which we were willing to do), they wanted us to pay them $2000, and have Uzi hospitalized for 3 days so they could "watch him".  We are not against giving our dog the treatment he needs, but this seemed a little above and beyond, as Uzi was not incapable of walking or eating/drinking (and I work from home, so it's easy to keep an eye on him).  We ended up getting fluids for him and some more amoxicillin and pain meds (still no diagnosis for what was causing the swelling/limping). 
Two days after, the second vet we had visited called us and said he really wanted Uzi to be tested for blasto.  So, Wednesday, we sent the sample to MiraVista and by Saturday we had the diagnosis.  This was about 3 weeks after all of the limping had started.  We were so glad that we were able to find a vet that actually thought about what could be causing the issues instead of just treating the symptoms.
Uzi started taking itra on Monday August 13th - two a day of 100mg for three days, then one a day for the next 60 days. 
We're on day 8 of the itra, and over the past few days, Uzi developed more symptoms than he had before he started taking the itra - he now has sores around his nail beds, and pitting edema in those two legs that were swollen.  We have been putting wet rags and hot water bottles on them to try to get the fluid moving around, but they are still very swollen, and they seem painful.  He also developed a small dry cough over the weekend, but didn't hear it much yesterday or today so far.
We have another vet appointment on Wednesday so the vet can check on him.  From everything I have read here, it seems that developing more symptoms during the first few weeks of treatment is normal...
Sorry for the long post, but there was a lot of story to get out, and it's just nice to be able to talk to people who have had the same experience with their dogs!