General information on Histoplasmosis
Histoplasmosis in cats is caused by a fungus found in soil in the central part of the United States.
Symptoms of Histoplasmosis
The symptoms of Histoplasmosis may include fever, weakness, debilitation, appetite loss, and weight loss. The eyes, skin and respiratory system may also be involved.
Treatments for Histoplasmosis
Early diagnosis is critical since Histoplasmosis is nearly always fatal. Your vet may treat your cat with anti fungal drugs.
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Histoplasmosis - personal experiences
Histoplasmosis experience by - Martha
My 7 year old cat has been battling histoplasmosis since October, and it is now almost the end of March. Symptoms included fever, lack of appetite, troubled breathing, and generally feeling "punk." Since he is strictly an inside cat, we did the dance of antibiotics, differing diagnoses, etc. until he was definitively diagnosed as having histoplasmosis. His weight has fallen from 16 pounds to 11 over the months.
Itraconazole, specially formulated at a vet pharmacy, did not help. When he became lame in one hind leg and began hating to be touched and handled, we decided to add amphotericin B to the mix. He has finally started acting better: his fever is gone, his appetite is better, the lameness has disappeared, and he is acting much more normal. We are about to finish the course (about 4 or 5 weeks of thrice weekly i.v. treatments)of the ampho B, and we hope that he continues to improve when he is back to the itraconazole alone.
This is a horrible disease: hard to diagnose, harder to treat, and expensive to the owner. My cat started out young and healthy, and he is a beloved family member, so we decided to go whole hog on his treatment. There have been several times when I considered euthanasia, however,and we still are unsure of the outcome.
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