Locality: Wittenberg, WI
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: We approximately 200 feet from the Embarass River in Wittenberg Wisconsin.
Symptoms: intermittent coughing and gagging spells, inactivity, decreased oral intake, fever 105.4, appeared "achy"
Treatment: Approximately 1 day after Max's symptoms appeared, we took him to our local vet. When we got there, he coughed up a scant amount of sputum that looked to be "blood tinged". I told her that this was new. She wiped it up and proceeded with his admission.
His vet assessed him and though that his symptoms were consistent with Lyme's. She did a snap test for Lymes which came back positive and I was told that the cough was most likely "kennel cough" He was to take docycycline 300 mg once a day for 28 days, and the "kennel cough" would progressively get better on it's own.
I had heard that we live in an area that is known to have an increase of blasto cases, and I shared this information with her and expressed my concern.
I was told to try the Docycycline for a couple of days and bring a urine sample in if he wasn't improving.
The next day, Max appeared more uncomfortable and continued to cough. The 2nd day he appeared to be more mobile, but had a fairly consistent cough (especially with activity). I called the vet to see if I should be concerned, and was told that kennel cough would run it's course.
after 4 days Max's breathing was more labored and I was concerned. It was the Christmas holiday, and I needed him to be seen. I took him to an animal ER. He was immediately diagnosed with blastomycosis and I was told he had severe lung involvement.
He could still see and appeared to have no other organ involvement.
He was admitted overnight and started on fluconazole.
I was called the next morning to hear that he would need oxygen and needed to go to a more acute facility but still had a 50-75% survival rate. I was told that as the fungus began to die, it would create a systemic inflammation response that could make him sicker over the next 24-72 hours.
We drove him to an acute facility an hour away. He was admitted with the same prognosis.
He was there for approx 24 hours and passed away :(
Cost of Treatment: $3000.00