Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: I can't be positive where Jordan caught this disease. In fact I was very surprised because he is an indoor dog. He must have gotten it at one of those times my boyfriend and I let him run at my parents or his dad's, but no other animals at our house, my parents, or his dad have been sick.
Symptoms: It all started with a little cough about Feb. 2009. We didn't think much of it because it was cold outside. Then we began to notice that he was eating less. After a couple of weeks we noticed he would shake a lot when he was laying down, which was all the time now. I would put him on the couch with me and cover him up. After a few days my boyfriend suggested that he may have a fever, so we took him to a vet. The vet told us that he had a fever of 105 degrees and a respiratory infection. We put him on a antibiotic and went about our business. After a few days I saw no improvement and noticed his eyes were red, he was developing skin tags and he would not put any pressure on his back leg. So back to the vet. He gave us eye drops for the eyes and told us to stay on the antibiotic . As for the tags he told us that Jordan had been bit by another animal and that is why he had these sores on his body and was limping. After we left the vet I knew he was wrong about Jordan. That monday I made an appointment with another vet. Jordan was doing pretty bad by then almost never eating, losing about ten pounds, covered in open sores, and even having dizzy spells. When I took him to the vet the doctor immediately suggested that we biopsy his back leg and give him a x-ray to check for blasto. I had never heard of this infection before. He told me it was a rare disease and that he has seen only one other case. He suggested that we start him on a treatment even before we get the results back, so I did. A few days later the results showed up positive. After a few days of treatment his appetite has come back. It has been about two months and he still has some sores, but they are healing. We took him off his antibiotic after his 21 day cycle and he took some steps back, so we put him back on and will most likely keep him on for a while.
Treatment: After the positive test results we had Jordan going on 750-mg of an antibiotic, Itraconazde twice a day, pain meds, and eye gel. He seemed to be improving except for his eyes. In April we found out that he has glaucoma. It looks as if his eyes may have to be removed.
Cost of Treatment: Not counting eye surgery $1,500-1,800
Additional Comments: I keep a close watch on my lil' buddy. I think I cry at least once a day. He has good days and bad days. I will do anything I can to help him get better. He will never be the same dog that he was, mostly do to the blindness, but he is still as loving as ever.