Valley fever is a serious illness that occurs in dogs and humans living in the Southwest. This illness comes from a fungus that grows well in the dry conditions of the South. Valley fever can seriously affect dogs in the form of pulmonary symptoms, pain, and even seizures. Continue reading to see if you should make an appointment to have your dog tested for valley fever.
He has had recent weight loss.
Weight loss and lack of appetite are common valley fever symptoms, and they go hand-in-hand with one another. If your dog has been reluctant to eat his normal food or even treats, then he may be suffering with valley fever or another illness. If this behavior does not change within a few days, or if the weight loss becomes severe, then consult your veterinarian right away.
He has been coughing.
Coughing and other respiratory problems can be symptoms of valley fever as well. Since valley fever is caused by a fungus, it can quickly settle in the lungs of your dog and cause breathing difficulties. Even if you suspect your dog is exhibiting allergy symptoms, it is best to have your veterinarian test for valley fever.
He is lethargic and removed.
When your dog does not behave normally—meaning he does not greet you or seems too lethargic to engage in normal activities—then you must have him tested for valley fever immediately. Lethargy and apathetic behavior are clear signs that your dog has contracted some sort of illness. Coupled with the previous signs could mean that your dog has valley fever.
He has more serious symptoms.
A small percentage of dogs can experience much more serious symptoms with valley fever. If your dog has noticeable back pain, oozing skin lacerations, or even seizures, then he should be tested for valley fever. Other serious signs can be difficulty moving limbs, swollen lymph nodes, and eye inflammations.
Valley fever is a serious concern of the Horizon Animal Hospital veterinarians. Please call us right away at (480) 800-4559 if you suspect your dog or cat has valley fever.