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.

Our trainer called on Feb. 28 and asked us to look at a photo he had e-mailed us.

Dixie's 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.

Dixie was 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 this illness.

SHR Jamie's Last Frontier Darlin'
5/11/02 - 1/31/05

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