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My veterinarian just evaluated my dog for an upset stomach that has been going on for a few weeks. He suggested Janus might have Pythiosis and gave me a pamphlet that looks like it was printed from the Internet. It is written for a doctor, far to difficult for me to get much out of it. His explanation was not much better. He did say that surgery and some expensive tests are called for. I told him I would like to read up on it first and left, thinking I really cannot afford any of it. I still hope the medicine (an antifungal?) and the food help him feel better. The doctor says Pythiosis can be fatal. I don't want Janus to suffer but if he doesn't get better, I cannot do surgery.
There is a new and relatively inexpensive blood test to diagnose Pythium -- it’s new enough that your vet may not know about it yet. And the USDA has recently approved a type of injectable treatment called “immunotherapy” for Pythium. Both the test and the immunotherapy are made by Pan American Veterinary Lab, or Pavlab. Check out their website for more information.
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