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Hello Greytalkers,

 

I am usually here to ask about a foster issue. But Today I am here to ask for Desert Specific advice. Pete had been coughing, and acting less happy for May and June. Not wanting to eat off and on. We took him in July 9 got his blood work done for coccidioidomycosis. The results came back as a 1/32, the vet also mention his hemocrit was 45%. possibly VF related. the prescription was compounded and arrived 7/14/16. so he has been taking as prescribed.

 

Well his cough has gotten so much worse since he has been on the Fluconazole. it has turned into a very loud cough.

 

 

Has anyone else any experience with their Greyhound having VF? My Golden had it previously, and at it's worst he had seizures, and bad joint pain, and limited mobility. I thought we caught Pete's early on, and being on the medication would be helping. Do you know of something that can help with his cough?

 

I can't get into my regular vet. they are booked, i would take him to our secondary Vet- and last resort the E-vet.

 

any advice and comments are appreciated

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Peggy - Pete (Wild Pan Thief), Remy (Exotic Ziricote) Buddy the Golden 11-26-04 to 9-18-15, the KATZ - Ozzy, Freckles, Jake and Elwood Hubba, Desert Tortoises Tortilita, and Athena. and when I figure out how to make a PET collage they will all be included in this signature. I included my 2 most recent fosters. Marie a sweet darling of a girl. And Willie, a dog I want to keep. He is a loveable mushy boy.

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Since you live in AZ you are probably familiar with the Valley Fever Center of Excellence, which has a veterinary component for dogs. They recommend the Veterinary Specialty Center in Tucson, perhaps you can ask your clinic for a referral.

 

I only know about this facility because several years ago I took an interest in a greyhound by the name of Blazin Blue Blast who had a very serious, life threatening case of the disease.

 

Hopefully you can get your Pete in to see them soon.

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We have had experience with VSCOT. With our Golden and it was before they expanded and sold out to a big corporation. Maybe they have changed their patient care. When we took our boy in, the vet tech takes the animal into the back of the facility and they come out an hour or so later to tell you they want to run these tests, here is an estimate. sign this paper. i feel as though my pet is taken hostage, and they hold him in the back. my regular vet has exam rooms, and you wait in the exam room for the doctor with your pet. and the doctor talks to the PET owner, not sending a vet tech out with a paper to sign. My regular vet is so busy, because she is a very good vet.

We have an appointment with the back up vet tomorrow morning. thanks for your post. VSCOT is our 4rd option. Unless he continues decline. tonight he seemed fine and then the next minute he could use his front left leg and it was dragging. like paralyzed. i took his thunder shirt off, thinking maybe the front was too tight around his shoulders. We had some really big thunder earlier tonight.

 

i looked up Blazin Blue Blast- he has Molotov and Flying in his pedigree. My Pete has Molotov. Blazin Blue Blast is a handsome boy. I have liked his page on FB. My sister has Flying Han Solo, I would wager they are also related. At least they are both beautiful BLUE boys.

 

 

Peggy - Pete (Wild Pan Thief), Remy (Exotic Ziricote) Buddy the Golden 11-26-04 to 9-18-15, the KATZ - Ozzy, Freckles, Jake and Elwood Hubba, Desert Tortoises Tortilita, and Athena. and when I figure out how to make a PET collage they will all be included in this signature. I included my 2 most recent fosters. Marie a sweet darling of a girl. And Willie, a dog I want to keep. He is a loveable mushy boy.

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Mary Jo's (Blackandbrindle) girl, Sadie, was diagnosed with VF and successfully treated, it was a long haul, but she pulled through. So she has a wealth of experience with it, I think she lives in Tucson. You may want to pm her. I believe she is a very tech now, too.

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Shanti had it. Fluconozole didn't do a lot for her. She was put on itraconazole. It was compounded by Diamond Back pharmacy in Arizona and shipped to me in California. For us, it was a lifetime battle and my gut tells me that is what took her in the end. She didn't have a cough from it. She had serious joint issues from it. She would fluctuate drastically on tests. Drove me crazy! She was finally diagnosed at age 3 with it and she died at at 11.

 

Mary Jo will likely be more help as she is a vet tech and Sadies battled it and I believe her other dog has it to.

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Thank you Shantis mom. I appreciate your input.

seenh20- i can't use PM on here- still too new or something. thank you for your reply too.

 

 

We went to our backup vet, and saw a wonderful Dr. All the Docs at this practice we have seen are Greyhound Savvy.

 

They took, blood, i brought urine and fecal. They did a chest x-ray. The doc said he didn't see anything that concerns him on the x-ray. just VF and possibly a little bronchitis. Partial expense of the radiographs is they send to specialist electronically and get a review by specialist within 12-24 hours. So we will hear more from them tomorrow. Dr says possibly Pete will need a short course of steroids, to help his body fight. He said since he started the fluconazole- he shouldn't be worse. But he also said it is not a reaction to the fluconazole. With VF it does take years to treat, and possibly a life time. I get that. My Golden battled VF for years. And at it's worst it caused him seizures. if he dosen't seem to be improving in the next few weeks i will see this same vet about Itraconazole-

 

he ate his dinner, but then proceeds to drink water. and threw up some of the water and only a little of the food.

Peggy - Pete (Wild Pan Thief), Remy (Exotic Ziricote) Buddy the Golden 11-26-04 to 9-18-15, the KATZ - Ozzy, Freckles, Jake and Elwood Hubba, Desert Tortoises Tortilita, and Athena. and when I figure out how to make a PET collage they will all be included in this signature. I included my 2 most recent fosters. Marie a sweet darling of a girl. And Willie, a dog I want to keep. He is a loveable mushy boy.

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