Nocardia Infection in Bird Dogs

I was fortunate to present on grass awn infection to the Purina Pointing Dog Awards gathering in Kansas City this past weekend with Dr. Pat McInteer. Dr. McInteer shared an article that he wrote with Dr. James Mills on diagnosing and treating nocardia and associated infections, and was amenable to hosting that article here, as well as a second article that he wrote on speargrass. My thanks to both Dr. McInteer and Dr. Mills for sharing this information. See Pages list to the right for the article links.

Thanks as well to Dr. Matt Rooney, who generously took the time (during his vacation, no less!) to review the presentation slides. I will be posting these here soon.

Blackseed Speargrass

Image credit: USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York. Vol. 1: 177.

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4 Responses to Nocardia Infection in Bird Dogs

  1. Marcy & Brandon Ward says:

    It is so helpful to have this site as a resource~ We have three pointing dogs, one is a Drahthaar with plant awn disease (diagnosed at the University of MN in May 2011). He is going in for his 4th mass removal today that we have been pulse treating with amoxicillan for three months. We are going in for exploratory this morning. He had two draining tracts removed at the U of MN in May and infection in his chest bone that had to be removed.

    We have come to realize this is a lifelong disease for our Loden and we will do anything to keep him healthy! These seeds are certainly Mean!

  2. admin says:

    Marcy & Brandon: thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Good luck to Loden! Please fill out a case history when you have a chance.

  3. Karen Powers says:

    I just found this site and I dont even know what to say. One of our dogs went down in January-German Wirehaired Pointer-and we have done 5 mass removals exploratorys,drain tubes,meds, now using silver mesh. Vet bills well over 7000.00. My vet has been awesome,doing lots of research ect. But if anyone knows anywhere that there is an expert with this,please let me know. We are willing to travel. Thank you for this website. We had no idea.

  4. Kelly says:

    About 2 months ago my dog went with us to our new farm in Mound City, KS. Within a day or two of returning he presented with an acute episode which included a 104 temp. Coughing to gagging minimally throughout the day and very labored short breathing. Wouldn’t eat or drink. Took him to vet and they X-rayed his chest. Shadow on lower edge of lung suggested the possibility of cancer. Did ultrasound and pulled cells from hock Lymph nodes. Blood work perfectly normal. Nothing in gut and inconclusive on cells. He was put on rimadyl and made a full recovery. Returned to farm 2 weeks later. Coughed the whole time and we put him on prednisone. Full recovery again. 12 weeks in and he is now presenting with a raspy cough and more significant gag. Sounds like something in airway. Breathing hard again. Do you think it could be an awn? Does this sound like symptoms of that? Headed to internal specialist tomorrow. Hope to get more answers.

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