Locality: Goose Lake Twns. IL
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: We had 10 yards of mulch brought in from a local much company. Spread it on dirt areas around plants in our back yard to cover the mud that Fannie May loved to dig in! She was a full to the ground haired Pekinese,(I was tired of bathing the mud from her) and we thought it better to mulch. We are also located on the Kankakee River with a seawall.
Symptoms: A Seizure started in the middle of November with vomiting. Followed by a swollen eye the first week in Dec. We took her to the Vet at the end of the week. We treated her aggressively to reduce swelling of eye. By the end of Dec. her eye was considered blind but there was no swelling and we were making arrangements to have it removed when her lymph node in her neck became swollen.She refused to eat and was simply sitting in a corner all day. That is when the Vet took an aspiration. A diagnosis followed.
Treatment: Intraconazole,prednisolone antibiotics,eye drops and fattening food!
Cost of Treatment: Our Pekinese is just over 12 pounds. We just finished the first 4 months at $728.00 and are beginning another 3 month Intraconazole after receiving her urinalysis bak and it was showing a 6.6...the vet said he would like to see it lower than 2 before discontinuing medication
Additional Comments: Has any one else heard of this in other small dog breeds. Our vet hasn't.