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Tthe test results just came back. Olina has been diagnosed with ZYGOMYCOSIS. It is a VERY rare and VERY aggressive bacterial infection. We will be starting her on some heavy-duty antibiotics immediately. (I can't recall the name of the drug ,but I will post is later). My vet could only locate enough of this drug to last 4 days, that is how rare this is. It is very expensive, too. After 4 days we will evaluate her condition. If it does not improve we will have to put her to sleep.

I am so upset. I cannot believe how fast this disease has attacked such a young, healthy dog. I pray that she can recover. I love her so much.
 

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Oh no! I'm so sorry- is there any clue as to how she got it?? Best wishes for a successful treatment, poor little girl.
 

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Oh no :( I am sending prayers your way that there is an improvement in four days :hugs:
 

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:hugs:I'm so sorry to hear this! Sending prayers and warm thoughts to both you and Olina!

Please keep us updated to how she's doing.
 

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Sending prayers your way!
 

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Oh now! I hope that the treatment is effective! Sending prayers your way!
 

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I'll be sending many good thoughts her way in the next few days. I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. =(
 

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Poor baby!! I hope everything turns out ok...your both in my prayers!
 

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Here is a photo of Olina's Eye this morning. It has gotten worse since I picked her up from the vet this past Saturday. We began to administer the ITRACONAZOLE (150 mg) twice a day on Friday. I ma praying that this drug kicks in soon.

My vet assured me that if she makes it, she will not lose her eye even though it looks horrible. I just PRAY she makes it.

Her spirits are good and she went on a nice 20 minute walk this morning. While on her walks she as almost as happy as she was before her illness began. Since it boosts her spirits I try to take her a few times day. I just don't know what the future holds for my little one. I am just trying to provide the best for her each day.

Tomorrow I am taking her back for another evaluation by the vet. I need to pick up more of the Itracon as well. It is VERY difficult to find. For the 4 day dosage, my vet had to have a human pharmacy grind the meds. So he could only get enough for 4 days but he's found another resource. He begged my husband and I to give her 2-3 weeks of this med. We want nothing more than to save her, but I also refuse to have her suffer.

At the moment she is still eating like a little horse, she enjoys her walks and she sleeps at my feet here in my office. As soon as she shows any sign of throwing in the towel, then I will have to make a decision.
 

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Oh my gosh - poor baby. =( I'm so glad you're giving her a chance to fight though, especially as it sounds like she's up for it. I'll continue sending good thoughts her way.
 

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Tomorrow I am taking her back for another evaluation by the vet. I need to pick up more of the Itracon as well. It is VERY difficult to find. For the 4 day dosage, my vet had to have a human pharmacy grind the meds. So he could only get enough for 4 days but he's found another resource.
I had a compounding pharmacy make it when my Max was on it, though compounded Itra may not be quite as effective, something about the way the meds is granulated or encapsulated. It seemed to work for my dog. We went through Meds for Vets, and I'm sure someplace like RoadRunner pharmacy can get it to you, but I'm not sure about the time frame.

Keeping good thoughts for Olina, that eye looks scary, but she can fight through this. I might combine it with some Pau D'Arco, very good for fungal infections.
 

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Thanks Lisa. I will ask my vet tomorrow about the Pau D'Arco. He also has had me add the Probiotic powder to her food to boost her immune system.

Did your dog, Max, have this fungal infection? If so, how long was he on the Itra? Did he fully recover?

Thanks all for your positive thoughts. I will be a real wreck if I lose my baby. I keep whispering in her ear to FIGHT this nasty bug. My boy, London, has been really kissing her face to make her feel better, too.
 

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Oh, wow, I feel so sorry for you and Olina and that you're having to go through this.

I hope the meds kick in and start to work soon. I am sending prayers and healing thoughts your way for a full recovery for Olina.
 

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Sending prayers for Olina and your family!!


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