Your dog is your best friend, and it’s up to you to make sure he leads a happy and healthy life. Even when you take good care of your canine companion, it is possible that he can contract Valley Fever. Valley Fever is especially common in Scottsdale and other parts of Arizona, and is caused by a fungus that lives in the soil. Spores from the fungus are inhaled by people and animals alike, and affects the lungs and immune system. If you notice that your dog’s health has changed, talk to your veterinarian to find out if it could be Valley Fever. Read on to learn how Valley Fever is treated.
Because Valley Fever is caused by a fungus, it stands to reason that antifungal medication would be used to treat it. Three common types of antifungals are used to treat Valley Fever in dogs: ketoconazole, itraconazole, and fluconazole. All three of these medications have the same basic function, but differ in the way they are metabolized and the potential side effects they carry. Side effects of these antifungal medicines can include stomach upset, loss of appetite, and changes to the dog’s coat. Generally speaking, the benefits of antifungal medicines outweigh the risks of these side effects.
Antifungal medications are the first course of action for dogs with Valley Fever. As these medicines start to take effect, there are also other options for how you can help your dog feel better. A cough is often a symptom of Valley Fever, so cough suppressants may be called for if your dog seems bothered by it. Anti-inflammatory medicines to relieve fever and pain can greatly help your dog feel better, and may improve his appetite during the course of treatment. If your dog is not interested in eating, you may need to feed him different foods such as cooked meats to make sure he gets the nutrition he needs. Please make sure that your veterinarian is the one who prescribes the correct medications for your pet. Do not attempt to administer any treatment without consulting a professional!
At Horizon Animal Hospital of Scottsdale, we understand that it is difficult when your pet doesn’t feel well. That’s why we provide comprehensive, compassionate care for your four-legged friend. Call us at (480) 800-4559 to schedule an appointment or to learn more about what we do.
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