My name is
Sherri Young and my dog died last
week from blastomycosis.
My dog was a 2 1/2 year old female labrador retriever named Dixie. We
live in Alaska, but traveled to Emmetsburg, Iowa the first 2 weeks of
November '04 for a pheasant hunting trip. While we were there, Dixie stepped
on something and developed an infection in her paw/leg. She was treated
with antibiotics and the infection disappeared quickly. She didn't come
back to Alaska with us, but went for advanced retriever training in Mississippi.
Dixie was progressing wonderfully in training and had a strong will to
please while working.
trainer called on Feb. 28 and asked us to look at a photo he had
posture seemed wrong and she was squinting in the sunlight. I told
him to take her to the vet. He did so right away, but by the time
they arrived, her symptoms were gone.
Her temp was normal as was the blood work. There was a slight redness
of throat and she was given a vitamin shot. The next day, she appeared
to be fine. The trainer worked with her a little and she did a nice
job for him. That night, she seemed tired and was bloated and had
gas. He took her to the vet in the morning. She had a slight elevation
in temperature, but nothing major. She was given a penecillin shot
and the trainer was told to rest her and bring her back in the morning
for a recheck. The next morning, she was very lethargic. She was
taken to the vets early in the morning and remained there for the
entire day. She passed away around 6:00 p.m. on Jan. 31st. The results
from the pathology lab indicated blastomycosis with evident brain
involvement as the cause of death.
a much loved family companion. She was a very healthy, athletic dog. We
are heart broken and worry very much about our other dogs contracting
Jamie's Last Frontier Darlin'
5/11/02 - 1/31/05
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