Locality: Streator, IL
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: we live 1/4 mile from a creek and had trouble with beavers for the 1st time this past fall. Our dogs would run back there and play.
Symptoms: Bailey started having trouble breathing and we took him to a local vet May 27th of 2009... we explained we had JUST lost Casey March 30th 2009 from Blasto and we were told that was not this.... they diagnosed him with and enlarged heart with fluid in the lungs and prescribed medication for it. He was not getting better so I took him to a second vet (who also knew of Casey) and he said the heart looked normal for a Lab who is 13 years old and he felt the problem was in his trachea and referred us to a Vet Hospital where they diagnosed Blasto July 17th, 2009...Bailey passed July 21st, 2009..at 7:30am he had no temp...they called us at 1pm saying he had 107 and how fast can you get here...we are over an hour away...not even 10minutes later they called to say he arrested and did we want them to stop trying to bring him back.
Treatment: we started Bailey on Itraconazole that day and he went quickly downhill...he did not have a fever but then spiked 105.2.. he would not eat or drink and we were unable to give him the 2nd pill... he would hardly move. we rushed him 1 1/2 hours away to the vet hospital where they started to give him IV fluids and anti-nausea medications...he did well Saturday and has been really bad every day since.
Cost of Treatment: we have spent $1,250 getting him diagnosed and another $1,550 getting treated.. that is not including the Itraconazole as we used what we had left from Casey.
Additional Comments: I am amazed Itraconazole is given without anti-nausea medication.... I am surprised the lack of preparation the family was given.... It would have been much easier on us to know in advance this can cost up to $15,000 with a 50/50 chance.....it is horrible watching him suffer so much.