If you suspect that your pet may have valley fever, veterinary attention is crucial. A veterinarian versed in this regional disease should be able to help you navigate the right treatment path, which may vary according to severity of the case. Note: Valley fever is not contagious from dog to dog, or from dogs to people (or vice versa).
Primary/Pulmonary • Coughing • Fever
• Weight loss
• Lack of appetite
• Lack of energy
Disseminated • Lameness or swelling of limbs
• Back or neck pain
• Seizures and other manifestations of central nervous system swelling
• Soft swellings under the skin that resemble abscesses
• Swollen lymph nodes under the chin, in front of the shoulder blades, or behind the stifles
• Non-healing skin ulcerations or draining tracts that ooze fluid
• Eye inflammation with pain or cloudiness
Shannon Fitzgerald is a toxicologist by training and a canophile by choice; a native of New England, she now lives in North Carolina.