Case History Form Download

Case history form

Use the link above to access a case history form in .pdf format (sorry that you have to click through twice, but hey, this is progress – at least it’s there now!).

I hope to have a survey posted here on the site soon to gather basic information, but it would be most helpful in our data collection effort to have the completed form, and more importantly any veterinary records and other supporting information, that you are willing to share.

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Patty Kovach, DVM February 5, 2010 at 3:26 pm

I recently had a suspected case of Foxtail foreign body in one of my cllient’s top field trial GSPs. He requested that I share his dogs information. I’ll submit a case history form hopefully within the next week.


Kay Olson February 22, 2010 at 1:00 pm

We are in our 2nd week of postoperative care of our 10 year field lab. My husband hunted with her in Canada in October 2009 and she exhibited no overt symptoms of illness until the last week of January 2010, namely shivering and off her feed. The regular vet diagnosed it as a UTI, but after 3 days on an antibiotic, I noticed her breathing was rapid and shallow, so we immediately took her to the vet hospital near us. Only 125cc of fluid was drawn as it was thick and gunky. The recommendation was exploratory surgery whereupon pyothorax was found and a gross amount of mediastinal infection. We brought her home and 5 days later had to be taken back due to a severe wound infection. We brought her home again and gave her IV fluid and Amikacin SQ and right now the wound looks clean and dry. Our usual vet had no experience with this. Previously, in 2001, we had a lab with Erlichea which was unknown in this area but was successfully treated at the same vet hospital.

I’m hoping this site will provide much needed information – most of the vets in our area are not knowledgeable about what hunting dogs can get into. Although the culprit was not found (probably because of the enormous amount of infection which the surgeon described as nothing he had ever seen), it would seem our lab got nailed by Foxtail.

Angie August 23, 2010 at 11:39 am

My english springer is currently in the Unniversity of Saskatchewan Vet hospital getting his chest cavity flushed with chest tubes. He is now being flushed every 4 hours for 7-10 days. He has a PLEURITIS infection in his chest caused by some foreign object probably a grass awn. Hopefully everything works!

admin August 23, 2010 at 11:52 am

Angie: good luck with your dog’s treatment. We’ve had several pyothorax cases ourselves, and generally the treatment is effective. If you would please submit the case history via the web form or if you’d prefer, downloading the paper version, I would be most grateful for the data point.

I hope that you find the information here useful.

Lyn Cardus August 3, 2011 at 5:57 pm

Hi Thank you so much for the information. 2 weeks ago on a trip to Saskatchewan our Newfoundland was running through a field and as a result suffered multiple piercings by grass awns. No body here had any idea what the situation was or how to deal with it. To date we have removed over 150 ! yes that is correct many have abccessed and she underwent her first surgery yesterday. She is a real fighter and we are under no illusions now as to the seriousness of the situation. Would you be interested in including a Newfie in your study?
Let me know. She will be undergoing surgery again next week as we know she has countless more.

admin August 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Lyn: I welcome any relevant information. Not only hunting dogs are affected by this problem. Good luck to your Newfie, please keep us posted on her progress.

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