Species: Dog

Sex: Male

Age: 4

Year: 2008

Country: Canada

Locality: Chapleau,Ontario

Survived?: No

Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes

Where Caught: My husband and I were rifling through an old wood pile at camp to bring the good pieces of wood home to burn in our furnace for the winter. It was a very wet summer that year. Both Ammo and our lab Harley followed me around as I moved the wood.

Symptoms: Weight loss, loss of appetite, shaking, profuse drinking and copious amounts of urine (had to put him out 3-5 times at night or he would just wet himself), unproductive cough, red weepy eye, oozing lesion on back toe, head tilting and shaking
All these symptoms appeared gradually and one at a time over a period of 4 weeks

Treatment: First vet said he had a UTI and was put on antibiotics. Did not improve so the next week I went back, bloodwork and xrays negative; told to stay on antibiotics. I was unable to return for two weeks due to the vet being 200 kms away and I was at work alone will my coworkers were on vacation. Returned to vet, now he had the cough and weepy eye. Blood work normal, chest xray showed his lungs were full. Sporanox one day.

Cost of Treatment:

Additional Comments: Decided that his lungs were too full and he was too sick so that the dying fungus would suffocate him and kill him so I returned the following day to have him euthanized. At this point his head was tilting and shaking so the fungus had crossed the blood/brain barrier. The following week both myself and the lab exhibited symptoms and immediately went on meds. At that time the lab's xray was normal, two weeks later it showed spots, my xray and bloodwork were normal but the fungal culture on sputum was positive; by 6 weeks following treatment both he and I were both fine.

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