Locality: Collingwood, Ontario
Medical Diagnosis of Blastomycosis?: Yes
Where Caught: If we agree the incubation period is between 30-100 days then Roxanne was only in two places: Ravines, woods, trails in and around Blue Mountain in Collingwood or at a cottage in Honey Harbour on Georgian Bay. The cottages are reasonably close to a recognized blasto area: Penetang. Roxanne ran off lesh in both locations and had her nose in piles of old vegetation, rotting logs etc.
Symptoms: Gradual weight loss, progressive lameness that resulted in a three legged gait, and finally accelerating shortness of breath - even at rest, a loss of appetite
Treatment: We were only able to give Roxy two treatments of sporonox as her vital signs were too weak. We did have her on IV and oxygen for 48 hours and a mild pain med to reduce the stress of her difficulty with breathing
Cost of Treatment: Approximately $2000: broken down as follows:
Initial vet on a Sat identified a lung mass on x rays,
second vet did small bore biopsy of the mass to see if it was fungal or cancerous
Last 24 hours were $1400 of the total in an after hours emergency hospital in an oxygen tent in intensive care
Additional Comments: Roxanne died in part because I attributed her weight loss to "fitness", her "hop" to being hit by a larger dog chasing a ball,her lack of appetite to jealousy of our new puppy; and, in part because I actually was relieved she had a fungal growth and not cancer! I had never heard of blasto and my ignorance meant she lost valuable time when treatment might have saved her life.