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Case Studies / Singer
« Last post by Singerbellringer on September 12, 2019, 02:02:46 PM »
Singer
Irish setter
female spayed   
12 1/2 years 
Wondering if she's had this before...at least one year ago 
U.S.   
Madison, WI   
Did this patient survive?  so far...
Was there an official medical diagnosis of Blastomycosis?  yes, urine test showed moderate levels of antigens on Aug. 30, 2019
How and where do you think this patient caught Blastomycosis?  could've been our backyard, torn up, or a kennel with woods/streams last November.
Symptoms  cough, eye involvement, back legs lameness, possibly infected tooth which was pulled.
Treatment fluconazole and doxycycline   
Cost of Treatment (optional)   so far, around $500 for diagnosis and drugs. If tooth extraction counts, add another $638.37
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Case Studies / Re: Scout Blastomycosis
« Last post by Singerbellringer on September 12, 2019, 01:50:30 PM »
Hi Laurascout, My Irish setter, Singer, is 12 years old and was finally diagnosed with Blasto last month. She will be checked for liver enzymes next Tuesday after being on fluconazole for two weeks, along with doxycycline. She had been on Doxy twice before, because she had been Lyme positive as a younger dog before we had her and we thought this might be a flare up. She is a former show dog from Canada and I'm wondering if she's had subclinical Blasto for years. This summer we had our yard torn up for resodding, but that is the only exposure, except for being kenneled in a woodsy area last November. We thought she had kennel cough and treated her with antibiotics in December, then Doxy in May. She had the urine test in August after I suggested it. She has responded to the fluconazole, but she seems to be plateauing as well. So I am wondering too if transitioning to Itraconazole would be helpful. She has it in her eye and I will ask about glaucoma drops next week, because antibiotic drops don't seem to work. Her skeletal health is exceptional, but she has been limping in back legs. Her lungs showed donut hole pattern, not snowstorm pattern, which suggested asthma, not Blasto and delayed diagnosis. How is Scout? How old is he? I am concerned about Singer's age, but she's been so healthy that we're hoping she'll pull through. I also feed her very healthy food--homemade meat patties baked in oven with ground up vegetables, blueberries and apples. She loves them. It's not too expensive, either! Cheaper than other dog foods. Let me know if you or anyone wants the recipe. Lasts about two weeks and she's about 65 lbs. at least last time she was weighed. Good luck with Scout! Did you treat with fluconazole each time? Was his antigen levels high when tested? Singer's was on the lower end and we hope that means she will be easier to cure.
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Blastomycosis - Pets and Animals / Re: blasto RARE in our area!
« Last post by PhillipMartin on September 01, 2019, 04:08:22 AM »
My 5 year old Golden Retriever, Everett, has been diagnosed with Blasto.
We brought him in approximately 2 weeks ago because his nose was swollen and he was having trouble breathing.  His joints were also swollen.
He was also lethargic and depressed, but I did not associate that as a symptom because we lost his brother two years ago when they were both poisoned (another horrific ordeal), and he's been depressed off and on since then.  My baby was born in November as well, so I also was assuming his depression was related to that.  Also, he was losing weight and not eating- which I attributed to the depression.  I am so grateful we brought dbal max https://www.redadair.com him in.
At our first visit, she gave him antibiotics.  We were all assuming the swollen joints were related to what he's been suffering with since his poisoning- he's had achey swollen joints for about 2 years now!
Then a few days later, the swelling on his nose broke open with puss.  I called her back and she said she wanted to see him.
She looked at his joints and said she suspected Blastomycosis.  She took his blood and samples of the puss and started him on antifungals right away.

She called a couple days later to confirm it was in fact Blasto.

I am SO thankful she went with her gut!!  I had never heard of it before.  Our old vet ignored my concerns 2 years ago and I blame him for my dog being dead.  This vet was overly cautious and turned out to be right!

Now, he's got even more sores, and he's having trouble breathing and eating.  We're doing our best and PRAYING he gets better soon!!

The MN Dept of Health called today to ask questions.  Apparently, it's practically unheard of for Blasto to be in our area.  We're in Southern MN.  And Everett hasn't traveled away from home.  Of course, we live in the swampiest area of the whole county. The rest is corn and soybean field.  Makes me want to move.

I too have a Golden Retriever. Never heard of Blasto. Heading over to Google to research about it.

That was not that much easy with those blast because the search engine has came up earlier

Now I understood the whole story what had happened.
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Blastomycosis - Pets and Animals / Re: blasto RARE in our area!
« Last post by GeorgeDickey on July 20, 2019, 07:43:12 AM »
My 5 year old Golden Retriever, Everett, has been diagnosed with Blasto.
We brought him in approximately 2 weeks ago because his nose was swollen and he was having trouble breathing.  His joints were also swollen.
He was also lethargic and depressed, but I did not associate that as a symptom because we lost his brother two years ago when they were both poisoned (another horrific ordeal), and he's been depressed off and on since then.  My baby was born in November as well, so I also was assuming his depression was related to that.  Also, he was losing weight and not eating- which I attributed to the depression.  I am so grateful we brought him in through Agoc Travel.
At our first visit, she gave him antibiotics.  We were all assuming the swollen joints were related to what he's been suffering with since his poisoning- he's had achey swollen joints for about 2 years now!
Then a few days later, the swelling on his nose broke open with puss.  I called her back and she said she wanted to see him.
She looked at his joints and said she suspected Blastomycosis.  She took his blood and samples of the puss and started him on antifungals right away.

She called a couple days later to confirm it was in fact Blasto.

I am SO thankful she went with her gut!!  I had never heard of it before.  Our old vet ignored my concerns 2 years ago and I blame him for my dog being dead.  This vet was overly cautious and turned out to be right!

Now, he's got even more sores, and he's having trouble breathing and eating.  We're doing our best and PRAYING he gets better soon!!

The MN Dept of Health called today to ask questions.  Apparently, it's practically unheard of for Blasto to be in our area.  We're in Southern MN.  And Everett hasn't traveled away from home.  Of course, we live in the swampiest area of the whole county. The rest is corn and soybean field.  Makes me want to move.

It had been very bad with your Golden Retriever because he faced a lot of problems that were not easy to handle. I hope he is fine and healthy now.
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Case Studies / Re: CASE STUDY - BRECKER German Shepherd Dog
« Last post by Mendieta on July 15, 2019, 11:58:02 AM »
Is this cost of treatment the amount it usually costs?
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Blastomycosis - Pets and Animals / Re: blasto RARE in our area!
« Last post by lanaroady on July 15, 2019, 03:32:03 AM »
My 5 year old Golden Retriever, Everett, has been diagnosed with Blasto.
We brought him in approximately 2 weeks ago because his nose was swollen and he was having trouble breathing.  His joints were also swollen.
He was also lethargic and depressed, but I did not associate that as a symptom because we lost his brother two years ago when they were both poisoned (another horrific ordeal), and he's been depressed off and on since then.  My baby was born in November as well, so I also was assuming his depression was related to that.  Also, he was losing weight and not eating- which I attributed to the depression.  I am so grateful we brought dbal max https://www.redadair.com him in.
At our first visit, she gave him antibiotics.  We were all assuming the swollen joints were related to what he's been suffering with since his poisoning- he's had achey swollen joints for about 2 years now!
Then a few days later, the swelling on his nose broke open with puss.  I called her back and she said she wanted to see him.
She looked at his joints and said she suspected Blastomycosis.  She took his blood and samples of the puss and started him on antifungals right away.

She called a couple days later to confirm it was in fact Blasto.

I am SO thankful she went with her gut!!  I had never heard of it before.  Our old vet ignored my concerns 2 years ago and I blame him for my dog being dead.  This vet was overly cautious and turned out to be right!

Now, he's got even more sores, and he's having trouble breathing and eating.  We're doing our best and PRAYING he gets better soon!!

The MN Dept of Health called today to ask questions.  Apparently, it's practically unheard of for Blasto to be in our area.  We're in Southern MN.  And Everett hasn't traveled away from home.  Of course, we live in the swampiest area of the whole county. The rest is corn and soybean field.  Makes me want to move.

I too have a Golden Retriever. Never heard of Blasto. Heading over to Google to research about it.

That was not that much easy with those blast because the search engine has came up earlier
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Blastomycosis - Pets and Animals / Re: blasto RARE in our area!
« Last post by WalterLangdon on May 07, 2019, 01:58:36 AM »
My 5 year old Golden Retriever, Everett, has been diagnosed with Blasto.
We brought him in approximately 2 weeks ago because his nose was swollen and he was having trouble breathing.  His joints were also swollen.
He was also lethargic and depressed, but I did not associate that as a symptom because we lost his brother two years ago when they were both poisoned (another horrific ordeal), and he's been depressed off and on since then.  My baby was born in November as well, so I also was assuming his depression was related to that.  Also, he was losing weight and not eating- which I attributed to the depression.  I am so grateful we brought dbal max https://alvenda.com/dbal-max-review/ him in.
At our first visit, she gave him antibiotics.  We were all assuming the swollen joints were related to what he's been suffering with since his poisoning- he's had achey swollen joints for about 2 years now!
Then a few days later, the swelling on his nose broke open with puss.  I called her back and she said she wanted to see him.
She looked at his joints and said she suspected Blastomycosis.  She took his blood and samples of the puss and started him on antifungals right away.

She called a couple days later to confirm it was in fact Blasto.

I am SO thankful she went with her gut!!  I had never heard of it before.  Our old vet ignored my concerns 2 years ago and I blame him for my dog being dead.  This vet was overly cautious and turned out to be right!

Now, he's got even more sores, and he's having trouble breathing and eating.  We're doing our best and PRAYING he gets better soon!!

The MN Dept of Health called today to ask questions.  Apparently, it's practically unheard of for Blasto to be in our area.  We're in Southern MN.  And Everett hasn't traveled away from home.  Of course, we live in the swampiest area of the whole county. The rest is corn and soybean field.  Makes me want to move.

I too have a Golden Retriever. Never heard of Blasto. Heading over to Google to research about it.
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Blastomycosis - Pets and Animals / Re: Itraconazole
« Last post by dhrdgrec1 on November 13, 2018, 10:10:49 AM »
I don't know where you are at this point.  The drug is hard on some dogs.  Max was really tired.  Got up to go out and would come back in and sleep.  I monitored him daily.  He did eat but I had to be inventive with can and dry combination of Hills Prescription from vet.  Chicken stew was his favorite.  The Sporamax was hard on the liver so we gave him a supplement the vet suggested to support.  After 5 months on med. and high enzyme count in liver he came back.  Each and everyday we were seeing the old Max coming back.  he became more active.  Often times he would look me in the eyes and I swear he was just saying thanks for being there.  Max is a therapy dog who has done so much for others in his short life and now he needed the help.  He has had 2 neg. Blasto test and doing well.  My thoughts are with you.
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Case Studies / Re: Maxwell Standard Poodle Diagnosed with Blastomycosis January 2018
« Last post by dhrdgrec1 on November 12, 2018, 03:17:52 PM »
Companion Animal Speciality in Crystal Lake, Illinois and we also went to the University of Wisconsin Veterinary hospital in Madison,Wis. ( very knowledgeable about Blastomycosis. 
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