Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: WE got our Rotweiller from a couple who lived in the country. She was about 6 weeks old. About 3 weeks after wards, I noticed about 3 open lesions on he body. I took her to the Vet and he said she had been shot. I knew this wasnt possible because she is an inside dog. The vet presribed an antibiotic which did not help.
Symptoms: Within the next couple of days, she began couphing, vomiting, extreme diareaha, no appetite.At this point, she wouldn't even lift her head. I was literally watching my dog die and there didnt seem to be anything I could do about it.
My neighbor came over and we mixed karo syrup and water and force fed her thru a medicine dropper. At this point, the Vet is closed and because I live in a rural area, there were no 24 hour clinics. She continued to get worse throught the night. First thing the following morning, I took her back to the vet and he did chest exrays, and comfired blasto.
He said she would need to stay in the hospital and be on IV's for atleast 3 days. The other option was Ketaconazole and prednizone which is the only option I had due to the price. With alot of love and med's, Kanya is still alive. She has been on these med's non-stop for 3 years now but she is still alive. She is happy, has a great
Treatment: He said she would need to stay in the hospital and be on IV's for atleast 3 days. The other option was Ketaconazole and prednizone which is the only option I had due to the price.
Cost of Treatment:
Additional Comments: 3 years later, Kanya is alive and doing well. She is still on her med's which costs about $100 month but it is worth it. She is a loving and cherished famiy pet.
My vet told me that this is common in the Indiana, KY and Ohio areas due to horse manuer. When a dog digs in soil where horses have been, and they lick their paws, they may get it. I hope this story will give you hope as I am also a pet lover and never want to see an animal suffer. If I stop giving her medicine, she begins going down hill within a couple of days so I've chosen to give them to her daily. As of now, this is working for her. Good Luck to each of you.