Locality: Aurora, IL (Chicago Suburb)
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: We are not sure exactly where Bodi (GSP) contracted the disease. We believe that he may have caught it in Michigan were we visit our lake cottage. Bodi loves to swim in the lake, run along the shore line and explore the woods. Also we do have a park that back up to our house and the geese do flock their so maybe he caught it there. Our vets say that IL does have a higher level of Blasto cases. Bodiís nose is always to the ground, sniffin away.
Symptoms: Back in August Bodi did present with signs of what we thought to be kennel cough and seemed to respond to antibiotics. But we did not get a chest x-ray back then so we have no idea if he has been harboring the dieses since then. The vets say his case is very advanced.
January 16th 2008 we took Bodi to the vet due to a change in his behavior. Bodi was sluggish, had a less than normal appetite and no longer wanted to play ball. (very odd for our normally active dog). We had blood work done and again were prescribed antibiotics. There was no improvement & early on the 20th of Jan. we went to the emergency vet due to Bodiís breathing becoming labored. That is when we got the chest x-ray. The ER vet told us it was either Blasto or Lung Cancer. Bodi stayed the night in an oxygen tent to help his breathing and on Mon the 21st of Jan. we went to our regular vet. He looked at the x-rays and told us to go to the hospital. There Bodi had a biopsy. From what was gathered on the slides sent out for testing & how the x-rays looked (Very Snowy, like a blizard)they started treatment for Blasto. Results from the biopsy came back positive for Blasto a few days later.
Treatment: Bodi was in the hospital from Mon. Jan 21st through Feb 1st. (10 days) and is being treated with Itraconazole. (150mg, twice a day at fist, now just once a day) Bodi dropped down to 54lbs & at his healthy weight is about 70lbs. When ICU he was on oxygen (too large for a tent so tubes in nose :( ), iv fluids, medicine for the inflammation and pain management. Bodi did well for the first 7 days, but Sunday the 26th of Jan. his breathing declined. His oxygen levels were inconclusive with life and we almost lost him. He then had to be feed intravenously. Bodi has pulled through and we hope he is over the worst and continues to recover. Bodi is at home, but recovery is long and he is not nearly back to his old self! Currently we are giving him 10mg of Prednisone Once a day (cut back from twice a day) + 200mg Aminophylline 2 times a day (cut back from 3 times per day) to help his breathing as we are fighting off the fungal pneumonia. At the 9 month point found out that the Itra was not absorbing into his system so switched to Fluconazole 300 mg twice per day. This only lasted 4 days then he passed. 10/11/08
Cost of Treatment: Worth the thousands it costs to give him the chance to fight this devastating disease. So far about $7,900.00
Additional Comments: I am so glad I found this site. Reading all of your stories have given my family hope. I will keep Bodiís profile updated as to how his treatment/recovery goes. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.