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    OK, now I really don't know what to do. The Mira Vista lab's antigen test was negative for Blasto. That test is pretty high confidence, somewhere in the high 80/90% range. But the snowstorm pattern on both lung X-Rays is indicative of Blasto. I'm still giving her the fungus medicine that I brought back from the vet's. But, I haven't ordered the large quantity of it from the Canadian pharmacy yet. It's so expensive I want to make sure of what I'm doing first. If anyone has any suggestions or advice, I'm sure open to hear it!

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    I'm taking Daisy to an internal medicine specialist this afternoon. Something new has occurred to me. Where we live Desert Broom (Baccharis Sarothroides) is blooming profusely. It's covered in white pollen things like a Dandelion that float around all over the place. Over the last couple of weeks it's been like a veritable blizzard of the stuff out there. When you walk down the sidewalk you can see it swirling around your feet. I also know the stuff is highly irritating to those with allergy problems. Does anyone have experience with this causing respiratory problems in their dogs?

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    I'm still at the vet but just have to share the good news. It was an adverse reaction to the Rimadyl after all. Daisy aspirated some of the vomitus, and that caused the lung problem and confusion over the X-Ray. Today's X-Ray looks much better, and all she is going to need is a couple of weeks on antibiotics.
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    Great news!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I'm still at the vet but just have to share the good news. It was an adverse reaction to the Rimadyl after all. Daisy aspirated some of the vomitus, and that caused the lung problem and confusion over the X-Ray. Today's X-Ray looks much better, nd all she is going to need is a couple of weeks on antibiotics.

    this is good news indeed
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    I want to thank you all SO much for your concern, prayers, and good wishes. I know Daisy appreciates everything done for her, she's just that kind of dog. Interesting, how I took Daisy in to our vet and told him I was concerned about an adverse drug reaction, but how his knowledge and high technology led him pursue a diagnosis of Blastomycosis. $2,500.00 later it turns out I was right. I'm just thankful that Daisy isn't real sick and that none of the treatment has hurt her. She is a daddy's girl, and I just couldn't bear to see anything bad happen to her. Thanks again for all your support!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I want to thank you all SO much for your concern, prayers, and good wishes. I know Daisy appreciates everything done for her, she's just that kind of dog. Interesting, how I took Daisy in to our vet and told him I was concerned about an adverse drug reaction, but how his knowledge and high technology led him pursue a diagnosis of Blastomycosis. $2,500.00 later it turns out I was right. I'm just thankful that Daisy isn't real sick and that none of the treatment has hurt her. She is a daddy's girl, and I just couldn't bear to see anything bad happen to her. Thanks again for all your support!
    So glad she is getting better! I have had my fair share of similar vet experiences, but the good news is she's going to be okay. Keep her calm she may perk up and overdo herself. Aspiration is still scary indeed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    I want to thank you all SO much for your concern, prayers, and good wishes. I know Daisy appreciates everything done for her, she's just that kind of dog. Interesting, how I took Daisy in to our vet and told him I was concerned about an adverse drug reaction, but how his knowledge and high technology led him pursue a diagnosis of Blastomycosis. $2,500.00 later it turns out I was right. I'm just thankful that Daisy isn't real sick and that none of the treatment has hurt her. She is a daddy's girl, and I just couldn't bear to see anything bad happen to her. Thanks again for all your support!
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    One last word that might help someone and their bully in the future. Davidh was right in the second post in this thread. My vet said that the X-Ray didn't look like aspiration pneumonia, and I believed him because his explanation sounded so reasonable. I went for the Blasto possibility even though other evidence pointed more toward an adverse drug reaction and aspiration. I knew she'd been throwing up, and I knew the time line was all wrong for Blasto. The specialist had better X-Ray equipment, and broader experience in reading the films. And, since my vet had the good sense to have put her on strong antibiotics as a precautionary measure while she was hospitalized, the specialist was able to see an improvement in her lungs that could only mean that the problem was bacterial, not fungal. So the lessons learned here would be:
    1. Eliminate the commonplace before jumping on a more exotic explanation;
    2. Don't trust an X-Ray interpretation that flys in the face of other evidence;
    3. Immediately get a second opinion from a higher authority whenever things look serious and iffy, and;
    4. Immediately stop administering any medication at the first sign of any adverse reaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VegasGeorge View Post
    One last word that might help someone and their bully in the future. Davidh was right in the second post in this thread. My vet said that the X-Ray didn't look like aspiration pneumonia, and I believed him because his explanation sounded so reasonable. I went for the Blasto possibility even though other evidence pointed more toward an adverse drug reaction and aspiration. I knew she'd been throwing up, and I knew the time line was all wrong for Blasto. The specialist had better X-Ray equipment, and broader experience in reading the films. And, since my vet had the good sense to have put her on strong antibiotics as a precautionary measure while she was hospitalized, the specialist was able to see an improvement in her lungs that could only mean that the problem was bacterial, not fungal. So the lessons learned here would be:
    1. Eliminate the commonplace before jumping on a more exotic explanation;
    2. Don't trust an X-Ray interpretation that flys in the face of other evidence;
    3. Immediately get a second opinion from a higher authority whenever things look serious and iffy, and;
    4. Immediately stop administering any medication at the first sign of any adverse reaction.



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    So very glad to know that Daisy is going to be alright and that you finally know what it is. We have been keeping her in our prayers to get better, and will continue to do so for a few more weeks.

    I do wish I had paid closer attention to this thread though, as I already knew not to trust a single vet's diagnosis when it was out of the ordinary. Years ago we nearly lost our Golden Retriever. We took him to the vet, who decided he had this really rare disease that was 100% fatal and wanted to put him to sleep.

    Dad couldn't bear the thought of it that immediately, so we took our dog to another vet who took one look at him and said "that's a staph infection. Get him on antibiotics immediately." We did. Our dog lived another 12 years, and gave us a huge litter of adorable puppies (along with help from his mate, or course.)

    We stopped going to the first vet after that one.,

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    I am just so pleased to hear that she is getting better and the cause of all this was finally revealed!!!

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