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« Reply #45 on: March 01, 2013, 05:52:58 AM »
Dana saw a veterinary opthomologist and she has been on eye drops ever since (and will be for the rest of her life).  Her primary vet said that she may eventually have to remove the eye becauase it could be a source of reinfection, but for now, it is just kind of cloudy looking and she gets along fine.  Good luck and prayers to you!
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« Reply #46 on: March 01, 2013, 06:09:20 AM »
Thank you for sharing.   We are currently on drops too and have scheduled a revisit to the specialist next week.  Our vet here has agreed to monitor eye pressure weekly until we feel a little more at ease. 

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« Reply #47 on: April 11, 2013, 12:57:50 PM »
My Old English Sheepdog Remington (68lbs.) was diagnosed with Blasto 3/23/13.  Her Miravista Antigen level was 0.29 and her x-ray was a snowstorm.  She had 4 - IV infusions of Amphtercin 3/23, 3/25, 3/27, 3/29/13, and was started on Itraconazole (real not generic) 200mg daily ever since plus Prednisone 10mg.  She stopped eating and drinking 4/3 thru 4/5/13 and that scared me to death.  A friend said the only thing her dog would eat when he was so sick was lamb.  She brought lamb sirlion steak to my house, fried it, and Remey ate it down, loved it.  She has been eating ever since.  She now is eating lamb, chicken breasts, hamburger, eggs, and anything else that she wants.  We are still going through the fast shallow respirations.  Today, she for the 1st time might feel just a tiny bit better, I'm thrilled with the small step.  It has taken 20 days to show any improvement on meds.  It truly is one day at a time. Thanks for the all the info I have read so far, very helpful!!

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« Reply #48 on: April 11, 2013, 02:13:13 PM »
Don't lose hope.  This is a stubborn and hateful disease, and things get worse before they get better.  We know our dogs, and if you see a tiny improvement in Remington, then it's there.  My Dana was the sickest I have ever seen in an animal and I really began to doubt that she would make it.  But then, tiny improvements became bigger until she was finally diagnosed as clear almost a year from the onset.

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« Reply #49 on: April 12, 2013, 06:59:30 AM »
Wish none of us were on this path with Blasto, phoward ,yet its been dealt to us.  Even if your dog feels better, do the best to refrain from allowing Remington to run within the first couple of months. Controlled leash walk is a suggestion.  Our first month with Sophie's battle was horrible crazy.  Would never want any owner to live through that.  Our family came to terms to view it as a life long situation. Keep in mind it will require lots of time, work, will < pet & owner >, sleepless nights, and constant self motivation to keep your energy strong.  Keep reading past posts from others who were here before us.  They've helped my Sophie so much.  Refuse to live in fear of it but always be aware of it. 

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« Reply #50 on: May 12, 2013, 06:56:41 AM »
Hi Phoward, wondering how Remington is doing.

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« Reply #51 on: November 14, 2013, 06:22:13 AM »
Hi I am a new member and my 1 year old lab/terrier mix has finally been diagnosed with blasto...we treated for 6 weeks a bacterial infection with no results.  Changed vets and confirmed blasto 2 days later...Ivy has already had 2 IV treatments and her third is today...She is also on oral meds...her appetite is back(thank goodness, it was pretty scarry for a few weeks)  My biggest concern now is the infection seems to have settled in her left hind leg joint and is a swollen open seeping wound that will not heal...Its hard to leave it open...we keep it covered with antibacterial salve on it...she wears a cone at night but the sore refuses to heal...Any suggestions?  Thanks  Nancy

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« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2014, 06:08:32 AM »
Thank you for the informative article on blastomycosis. We had never heard of this disease until about 2 weeks ago when one of the vets in our clinic said our dog could have it. We have been treating him for about 10 days and trying to force feed him for over 2 weeks. He still has labored breathing and now his back legs are extremely weak (One of his early symptoms was lameness in one leg. He also had a puss pocket on his back.) He has difficulty in getting up. We don't want him to suffer if he will not get better but we are concerned about the fact that he can't get up and can't use his back legs much at all. Any thoughts or ideas would be appreciated. 

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« Reply #53 on: June 03, 2014, 04:49:07 PM »
My dog has been lame in his front left leg since early December. He had an xray done in feb showing a subtle grainy something on his left humerous bone and we were told he most likely had an osteocarcoma, tho fungal or bacterial infection were also options. No tests were offered at that time. Instead Rimadyl was prescribed and we were told to return for an xray in a month and to consider if we wanted to amputate his leg. Our 7 and half year old dog did not seem to us to have cancer. One month later we did take him to a different orthopedist who claimed he would do more tests to discover the cause of his lameness. He repeated the xray, saw the same thing, and concluded likewise. Tho he did offer the Blasto test on the offhand tho presented as unlikely chance that Gatsby had a fungal infection. We paid $200 for the test and were told it was negative. Since then we went to a holistic vet who treats cancer with VIT C intraveneously - but he said it did not look like a tumor to him. Arthritis is present in both shoulders and it could also be bicepital tenosynovitis. No further tests have been run. He has received Adequan treatment and is on Glucosamine. He is still on Rimadyl with occasional Tramadol for pain. He sometimes hope to avoid baring weight on the leg. Other times he walk well. Two days ago I found out that the dog across my road (dirt road in rural Vermont) just was diagnosed with Blastomycosis. Imagine my surprise. Now I am trying to decide what to do - repeat the test? Try the blood test? Treat him anyway. He does not have coughing or other signs of illness. He is on raw diet and herbs. Any suggestions? Just to note the original vets in feb and march gave him 1-3 months to live. He is still here but he is still lame. Does he have Blasto? What should we do next?

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« Reply #54 on: February 20, 2015, 05:21:10 PM »
Hi our dog clawdeen just got diagnose with Blastomycosis and after reading a lot of the post I don't see a post that talks the drooling nonstop. Can someone tell me why thanks

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« Reply #55 on: November 11, 2015, 11:57:14 AM »
Anybody have a link for the article referenced in the newsletter "Blasto What" by Rick Hayward? I've searched and searched the site listed in the newsletter dogsincanada but can't find it!
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« Reply #56 on: November 12, 2015, 06:44:31 PM »
Try the second page in this .pdf to view the article:

http://www.gblt.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Landscript-Summer-2009.pdf

 

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