Locality: Tuscaloosa, AL
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: This is a sad story and my beloved Prince died 7 years ago July 31st. After two dogs on our street both labs died of Blasto, one during treatment and one never treated, Prince had the exact symptoms. I googled and researched and he had every symptom so I immediately took him to my vet and asked him to test him for Blasto. Well I'm so sorry to say that he said he tested him, but did not. He told me 4 days later that Prince did not have Blasto or he would be a lot worse or even dead. This was in January 2003 and Prince had first started to cough in April of 2002. The vet (horrible vet) told me he had an enlarged heart which was pushing on his trachea and that was causing the cough. Well, we moved in April of that year and I never mentioned Blasto to our new vet because I trusted our old vet. After sores wouldn't heal and his cough became worse, we were sent to Auburn University Animal Hospital. After a series of tests, the doctor told me Prince had advanced lung cancer and would not survive for even two more days. My devastation was beyond words, he was my baby. I asked the vet if I could look at his x-rays and I saw the exact snowstorm pattern I had seen months before while researching Blasto. I asked the vet there if it was possible that he had Blasto and not cancer and she said very possible, why do you ask? I told her the whole story. She told me she didn't think Prince could make the trip home, he was going downhill very fast. I laid there holding my precious boy as he went to Heaven. After his autopsy, it was confirmed Blasto. I know this was long, but don't always trust your vet. It had to be everywhere in the soil on our street and it isn't even common where I used to live. It had to be where he got it though because he was the third dog to pass away. I'll never know if he would have survived had he been diagnosed immediately. I'm so sad that I let him live so long suffering and I had no idea how bad he felt. He never let it show and I love and miss him so much. I did report it to the local health department, but I don't think it ever was investigate. I believe he breathed it in from the ground on Lauren Street in Northport (Tuscaloosa) Alabama.
Symptoms: Severe cough, depression, open wounds that would not heal.
Treatment: None, my vet supposedly tested him and said he didn't have it. It wasn't until he passed away at Auburn University and was autopsied that we were told he had Blasto. We had a horrible vet, I only wish I had known it at the time.
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Additional Comments: Let me just say again. If your dog is showing any symptoms of Blasto, test and then test again. Prince survived over a year and I would give anything if I had only known what he really had.