Locality: Madisonville, KY
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: Zoe must have caught blasto in her hometown Madisonville, KY which is about an hour away from the Ohio River. The ground had been very saturated with rain waters. She would also sniff around the bird feeder LOTS - we has SO many birds the winter before she got sick.
Symptoms: Zoe began coughing in mid-April 2008. That same week she developed a urinary tract infection complete with blood in her urine. She was put on an anitbiotic, but began throwing it up several days in and stopped eating. The vet changed the prescription to something that would be easier on her stomach, however it was a type of steroid. Breathing troubles began in early May, but they couldn't "hear anything wrong with her lungs" so they did not take an x-ray until the following week - after she collapsed on the lawn. We were sent to a specialty vet who said she had some sort of advance lung disease which could be blasto, lung cancer or some type of bacterial thing. 800 dollars worth of tests later she hadn't tested positve for anything. I pushed to go ahead for treatment of blasto. She developed lameness in her leg and she became blind in one eye. Two weeks after treatment Zoe began developing lesions and breathing continued to be horrible. Two days before she died we got a diagnoisis of blasto from the lesions. She was on meds for exactly 3 weeks.
Treatment: Zoe received fluconazole along with several oxygen treatments. She was placed on a/d prescription food in attempt to get some calories in her system. I had to mix it up with water and feed it to her through a syringe.
Cost of Treatment: $2000 over a period of 6 weeks (including testing).
Additional Comments: Zoe was an amazing dog and her system was just too far gone when we began treatment. The vet did not believe it was blasto since we did not live next to a lake and had not visited one in recent months. My advice is to get a second opinion if you are not getting answers and look into options for possible pain meds, something that was not offered to us.