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Hazel is sick :(
  • HazelHazel
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    Post edited by Hazel at 2016-10-16 07:36:53
  • zandramezandrame
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  • HazelHazel
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    They have not ruled out Blastomycosis, but I will check with the vet. They can probably test for it during her bronchoscopy. However, we do not live in an area with high prevalence of this disease.

    As for the vaccine causing mild symptoms, these symptoms have gone far beyond mild at this point. She is severely ill, coughing all night, vomiting food, and urinating in the bed.
  • HazelHazel
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    @zandrame Also she has been off the steroids for two weeks now... :( I am so worried about her.
  • spacedogsspacedogs
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    Two thoughts on reading this:

    First to add on to what @zandrame shared with you, blastomycosis is sometimes referred to as fungal pneumonia (as they present similar symptoms), but you should be aware that there are other fungi that can cause it as well and while you may be in an area with low incidence of blastomyces there are mould from the aspergillus species virtually everywhere in the world.

    Here's a link for fungal pneumonia results:

    Second, have they done any tests or looked in to the possibility that this is not pneumonia? This was my first thought reading your symptoms as I recently went through this diagnoses with our cat. One of the first signs of congestive heart failure in cats and dogs is fluid in the lungs & coughing. And she responded really well to the Hydrocodone (a cough suppressant) but NOT to any antibiotics (and those are some really really strong antibiotics she's been put on).

    Here's a link to a search term about fluid in dogs lungs, specifically excluding results that focus on pneumonia. If you rule out pneumonia the top responses are all heart failure.

    I would urge you to go back to whichever vet you trust the most, as soon as you can, and push these issues with them and hope like mad that it's CHF rather than a fungal infection, because heart failure is way easier to treat and her chances of survival and having quite a few great years of life are really high. Don't lose hope, and PLEASE go back to the vet!

  • RussSRussS
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    Hello, so sorry to hear of Hazel's health problem. Two months ago our Shiba Inu puppy, Mika, developed what was diagnosed as kennel cough. She had a horrible hacking cough, some time coughed up phlegm. The vet placed gave her an antibiotic, Cephalexin and she was was given a steroid shot, and prednisone. She finished the medication and did not get much better.

    We returned to the vet and an X Ray showed fluid on her lungs and a diagnosis of pneumonia was made. Mika was given another steroid shot and another round of antibiotics, and more prednisone. It took her one month of horrible coughing and sleepless nights before she turned the corner. She had the same exact accidents you discribed. I was averaging about 5 hours of sleep per night.

    Long story short, with medication, and much prayer, Mika recovered. I pray your Hazel responds to the medication very soon. I can tell you it took at least a month before she was better. I hope this helps in some small way.
  • @Hazel-I have no experience in this but wanted to let you know that Quakey and I are sending prayers and healing. We hope that Hazel gets better very soon. Hugs.
  • RussSRussS
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    Hoping your dog is improving with her health problems.
  • Please let us know how Hazel is doing. I am hoping that she is doing much better.
  • HazelHazel
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    Hello- sorry I have not replied to this thread earlier. I read all the responses and was so grateful to have this community.

    Hazel went through a long ordeal with her health, but finally did get better. They tested her for most of the conditions above, and she went through 5 different antibiotics to no avail. The antibiotics started having some horrid side effects (peeling patches of skin, dry paws, fatigue) and I took her to a third specialty vet at my wits end.

    This vet was truly an amazing individual and took the case seriously. Hazel was admitted and went under general anesthesia to have a lung sample taken.

    She tested negative for lung worms, but the vet had a strong hunch and said there were many false negatives. She put Hazel on the lung worm medicine (a powder added to food, and very cheap compared to some of the antibiotics).

    Within 2 to 3 days, Hazel experienced a fantastic turnaround. Her mood improved and she stopped the horrible coughing.

    Lung worms, unlike heartworms, are contracted from mollusks. When I had gone to visit an elderly neighbor, I tied Hazel to her porch (still in my line of sight) but later found out there were slugs on that porch. So she must have eaten and gotten the worms from a slug.

    It was a rare condition, but definitely one to watch for if you have slugs in the backyard!

    It took her a full 2-3 months to completely recover from the antibiotic ordeal. I had to cook her higher calorie meals and feed her twice a day, but now she is 100% back to herself. What a relief,

    Thank you all for your support and ongoing concern ... It means a lot.
  • LilikoiLilikoi
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  • HazelHazel
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    Thank you for thinking of us @Lilikoi @Antoinette @RussS @spacedogs
  • spacedogsspacedogs
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    I'm so glad to hear that Hazel is doing better! So good that you kept pushing the Vets, you're a wonderful pawrent and advocate for Hazel, she's very lucky to have you. :)
  • AntoinetteAntoinette
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    I am so happy to hear that Hazel is better and that you found the source of the issue along with a fabulous specialty vet!!! Hugs from Quakey and me!
  • plasmodiumplasmodium
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    Wow, glad that she's doing better. It seems like it was quite a scary ordeal.

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