Blastomycosis and Semen
I got a call from a
gentleman who owns a male intact German Shorthair that was diagnosed with
blastomycosis. They collected and froze semen before starting treatment and the
bitch to whom the dog is to be bred is now is season. The owner wants to know
if blasto is transmissible through that semen. I know dogs with blasto shed
tons of organisms into urine but cannot find any info about shedding into
semen, likelihood of blasto surviving the freeze/thaw process, or likelihood of
infection of the female via introduction of organisms in her uterus. Any
suggestions are much appreciated!
have a weird dog question
from a 3 yr old dog, no history of illness. He has been out on the show circuit
this year and it is hot (85+F consistently for the past 2+ months), though he
lives in an air-conditioned kennel or in the house.
a routine semen check prior to offering him at stud. Motility &
concentration were good. However, >95% of his heads had this ‘balloon’ shape
that tapers sharply to the midpiece. He had a potpourri of other abnormalities,
TCT, swollen/irregular midpieces, but nothing out of the ordinary. I have seen
these heads occasionally in other dogs and considered them abnormal, but never
in the percentages that this dog has them.
this be normal for him? I gave the owner options of rechecking in 2-3 months
(accounting for sperm cycle & weather) or finding a bitch to do a test
Has anyone seen these type of heads so prevalent in dogs that were fertile?