Blastomycosis => Case Studies => Topic started by: WilbursDad on September 30, 2016, 02:29:48 PM

Title: Wilbur's Story. He's hanging in there 5 weeks after treatment.
Post by: WilbursDad on September 30, 2016, 02:29:48 PM
Wilbur is our 1 year old Bassett Hound, he started out at 48lbs. We live in Vermont.  Wilbur became infected with Blastomycosis some time over the summer and was diagnosed in late August.  He was diagnosed with pneumonia and didn't respond to treatment for 2 weeks.  Chest x-rays were not indicative of blasto.  Radiologist ruled it out and it looked clinically like viral or bacterial pneumonia.  He was losing weight, wanted to eat but didn't seem like he was able.  Breathing became very labored.  Finally a urine test was done and he tested positive for Blasto.

He spent 5 days at the vet overnight receiving IV fluids to keep him hydrated.  During that week the positive test came back and he received his first anti fungal via IV on the Thursday.  The first weekend after treatment started he became critical.  He was admitted to doggie ICU and placed in an oxygen cage.  He couldn't maintain his oxygen level.  He survived that weekend and came home after 2 nights. He was 36lbs. He slowly started to improve over the next few weeks.  He began to eat more and his respiration rate went down from 60/min to around 40.  He struggles with a fever and seems to range from 102-104.5 and has continued to do so for the last 5 weeks.  He has gained 6 pounds! 

The first X-ray after treatment changed significantly and now looked like a fungal pneumonia.  We haven't done a follow up yet since his lungs still sound bad.  He was on Itraconzole 100mg twice a day for one week the down to once a day for 2 weeks.  He was recently bumped back up to 2 doses per day for two more weeks.  I was able to get the Itraconazole at Costo for $180/month supply.  Our costs for his treatment this far has been $7000.  It just kept building and building.

I am wondering if anyone out there has experienced with long term recovery.  Wilbur is 5 weeks out and still has a fever.  He is gaining weight and his breathing has improved but is still breathing rapidly and doesn't have the stamina.  Any info would be appreciated.
Title: Re: Wilbur's Story. He's hanging in there 5 weeks after treatment.
Post by: Loulou on October 02, 2016, 08:00:15 PM
We are in the same boat with our Dachshund loulou.
Today is day 26 and she still has fever and breathing is laboured
But better slow tiny steps.
All I find is she has to rest. No walks. Outside time sleepi f in
The sun and healthy ho e cooking
Isn't it just the worst!
Title: Re: Wilbur's Story. 9 weeks and doing better
Post by: WilbursDad on November 03, 2016, 04:24:44 PM
Just an update that Wilbur is improving.  Fever once in a while and he is still breathing fast but he is really active, has a good appetite and seems to be back to his old self.  4 more months of treatment.  Sending hope and prayers to everyone else who is suffering.