Comet

Species: Dog

Sex: Male

Age: 4

Year: 2007

Country: U.S.A.

Locality: Pulaski, VA

Survived?: Yes

Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes

Where Caught: Either in my excavated back yard, the river banks where he plays each day, or Bristol, TN or Richmond, VA areas where he was competing... or somewhere else :-(

I have no idea when he caught it or how long he might have had it before we noticed symptoms.

Symptoms: Right eye red. Days later, right eye uveitis. Days later, right eye glaucoma. Ten days later, right eye ruptured and was removed.

Treatment: Leaving out mistreatment and misdiagnoses: Comet's test indicated "weak positive" urine antigen test.
Derramax for eye pain. Antibiotic drop, prednisone drop, and some other drop to reduce tearing behind the eye (to help control pressure). Drops every three hours. Eye ruptured, ws removed in emergency procedure, was sent to U of Wis for study. Sporonox (Itraconozole) beads (removed from gel cap) for four months. Tested negative for blasto.

Cost of Treatment: $8000 perhaps more. Much less because he was treated by specialists at a TEACHING HOSPITAL (VA Tech)

Additional Comments: Most vets misdiagnose this illness and can cost you valuable time, money, your dog's vision, and maybe even his life.

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