Locality: Madison County, Ohio
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: We believe from the Hawthorns thorns Mr. Klyde would get them in his paws- we have creekside Frontage- Little Darby- Ohio Scenic River, he could have gotten it from any log drifting down the creek, he loved to jump in and get the sticks and bring them to you.
Symptoms: Less that perky, lost 10 pounds within 1 week- prior to that he was fine, nothing wrong, just all of a sudden- he was not Mr. Klyde
Treatment: Originally took to vet last week of April 08, did an xray- thought bacterial lung infection- anibotics did not work, took him to emergency vet on 05/04/08 took another xray- they read as either cancer or fungal-he started to cough between last week of April and this visit, from there until today 06/23/08 he was on Itroconaxole 100 mg 2x a day, Tramadol 50 mg 2 tablets 3x a day, Prednisone 5 mg- we had to stop, because they thought that might be interferring with the fungal meds, He also recieved 12 iv treatments of Amphotericn 25 mgs-they couldn't give his 13th today- they could not find a good vien
Cost of Treatment: Over 8,000.00
Additional Comments: I wish someone would make folks aware of this fungus in areas where it is likely to be found- Ohio is one of those, the area where we live- water, woods- Vets should make a special point to tell owners of Pointers and other hunting dogs whose noses are to ground- it is just hearbreaking that we had to put him down- he was in to much pain- drugs were not helping- It just is aweful that dog gets this aweful thing by just being a dog- there is no one to blame, nothing we could have down- but we never heard of such a fungus until May 2008