Blastomycosis in Dogs
“This is a special dog,” says Fred Kampo of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, referring to the black Labrador Retriever he calls “Stinger.” While everyone likes to think his or her Lab is special, Kampo’s perspective is broader than most. A member of the Retriever Field Trial Hall of Fame, inducted in 2012, Kampo is president of The Labrador Retriever Club, the American Kennel Club parent club of the Labrador Retriever.
Last summer, FC-AFC B Bumble was on a serious roll. In June, the 6-year-old male, who had earned more points over the course of his career than any retriever his age or younger actively competing in field trials, churned through 10 grueling series to become one of 13 finalists from a starting field of 110 at the National Amateur Retriever Championship in Stowe, Vermont. A few weeks later in mid-July, Stinger topped a field of 82 in a hotly contested open all-age stake at the Mississippi Headwaters Retriever Club in Bemidji, Minnesota.
Two days after that impressive win – two days— this elite canine athlete could barely walk. Stinger was diagnosed with blastomycosis, a fungal infection that can occur systemically or locally, laying even the most robustly healthy dog low and sometimes with devastating, even deadly, consequences.
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