Year: September 2008
Locality: Barrie, ON
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: We took Peanut to Sudbury/Manitoulin Island ON for a week of cottaging in July 2008. Spent lots of time in the water, walking through forests and near rivers.
Symptoms: Just after Labour Day weekend, Peanut's energy dwindled until she was extremely lethargic. Her breathing became rapid and shallow (50-60 breaths/min). She had fever >40 and chills. She had a bit of a cough. She stopped eating voluntarily for about 3 weeks. She had enlarged lymph nodes. An X-ray showed a "snowstorm" pattern. It was almost completely white.
Treatment: Initially, Peanut was treated with Amoxil and an antipyretic. 3 days later and with no improvement our Vet thought of blasto and had her in for more tests: Chest X-ray, thoracentesis and bloodwork. The lung fluid only showed inflammatory cells but the chest X-ray had the classic snowstorm pattern seen with blasto. She started on Itraconazole loading dose of 300mg daily, now on 175mg daily. She lost 20 lbs. Now weighs 69 lbs.
Cost of Treatment: So far it has cost us $1000 in vet visits(including tests) and the pills are approx $250/month and our vet expects at least 6 months of treatment.
Additional Comments: We are thankful to Dr. Choles of Barrie Animal Hospital for diagnosing Peanut so quickly. It has been nearly 3 months and she is back to her old self, except just a little bit more spoiled now. She had an x-ray last week(Dec.) and still showing white fluffy stuff but she is eating with gusto and chasing squirrels again. Thanks to this site for all the helpful info as well!