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Symptoms of Valley Fever in Dogs
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Certain breeds seem to be more susceptible than others to the disseminated form, and male dogs are more prone to it than females. Research into a vaccine that will protect both humans and animals from valley fever is in progress, and at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence in Tucson, Ariz., scientists are attempting to determine the natural incidence of the disease among dogs in that region. It appears hopeful that we will be able to control just how much this fungus remains among us. And then we can all get back to worrying about which tocopherols to sprinkle on our dogs’ food in the morning.

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This article first appeared in The Bark,
Issue 47: Mar/Apr 2008
Shannon Fitzgerald is a toxicologist by training and a canophile by choice; a native of New England, she now lives in North Carolina.

Illustration by Ken Orvidas

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