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Old 03-14-2017, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am getting my puppy in a month but I have some concerns about how to avoid Valley Fever after losing my beautiful basset to this terrible disease four years ago. I used to take Violet to desert areas around Phoenix to train in tracking. I am worried this is how she contracted Valley Fever. I'm thinking maybe I need to stay on grassy areas with this new dog, even though the desert is so much more interesting. Does anyone have any idea if these areas are okay? My vet said there's no way of knowing how she got sick, but I don't want to do the wrong thing.
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Old 03-15-2017, 04:13 AM   #2 (permalink)
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https://vcahospitals.com/know-your-pet/valley-fever-in-dogs

There are other websites, if you search
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no way to prevent getting it. The biggest factor in treating are early diagnose and a healthy dog. that is one without a compromised immune system from ofther conditions.
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Not catching early was probably the worst thing that happened. She was not acting like her normal self but I had just brought home a new puppy and thought it was a reaction to that. Then she developed a bladder infection. I took her to the vet for that, didn't know anything else was wrong. Apparently you can't get aggressive in the treatment until the the bladder infection clears up. When her titers came back,the vet said she had never seen them so high before. So I ended up spending a fortune on meds and vet visits but it was already too late. It was horrible.
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Thanks for your replies. I am going on the website right now.
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"Not catching early was probably the worst thing that happened."


This happens a lot with vet outside the affected areas they just don't see it so a dog that travels and brings it back it is like the last thing they look for. Not a fun disease in humans as well.
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I had a hard time getting over this loss and after four years I'm ready to get a new basset puppy. Since there doesn't seem to be much I can do to prevent Valley Fever and a scent hound is going to sniff, I've just got to relax and hope for the best. I heard that the University of Arizona is working on a vaccine for humans, so maybe a vaccine for dogs will follow. Thanks for your help on this. I get to pick up my puppy in a month and I will post pictures of her. Looking forward to puppy breath and floppy ears!
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