Hi everyone, I am new here and desperate for answers.
I am trying ot find out as much information as possible about disseminated aspergillus.
My beautiful 4 year old spayed female first complained about sensitivity to the neck area back in early July. We visited the vet and the vet thought it was sterile menangitis and were given prednisone, which helped her but she never was back at her 100%.
In August she complained of lower back/hip area pain, especially when getting up. So back to the vet we went and were given more prednisone, which seem to help. This time, the vet thought it might be an auto immune disease.
In September and October we went back again and she was given again more prednisone, but this time she was also given arthritis medication and pain killers.
Well in early November she got worse to where she would cry horribly to get up, but once she was up and moving, she seemed to be ok.
So finally we were referred to a neuoroligical vet. in Phoenix and after undergoing MRI's, CT Scans, X rays, blood and urine tests that were also sent off to the lab for cultures.
We recieved the bad news about a week ago that she tested postivie for aspergillus, the disseminated type. It is in her spine, affecting her getting up and a bit walking.
We now have her on Clavamox, Prednisone, Gabapentin, Tramadol and Morphine. She recently started with Itraconazole and Terbinafine, which will help kill the fungal disease.
She will also have to undergo IV Treatments 2 - 3 times a week to also help kill this fungus even quicker. So far she has recieved 2 IV treatments last week and just this past weekend, I could see some improvement, which makes us all happy.
My lovely Shepherd is very alert, has a good appetite and drinks plenty of water. She does not look like a dying dog. The Phoenix vet said that we should see an improvement in 2 weeks from the IV treatments.
Has anyone ever heard of this disease or can head us in the right direction for more information or to someone who has been through this? From what I understand, this disease affects mostly female German Shepherds.
We don't want to put her down, I want to give her a chance, my kids are devastated and so are we, she is our first family dog.