Valley fever is an infection that develops in the lungs. Caused by a fungus in the soil, this disease can range in severity from mild cold symptoms all the way to pneumonia-like symptoms that require medical treatment. Pay attention for the following signs of Valley Fever in your pet so you know when to take the animal to the vet:
If your dog has Valley Fever, you might notice the animal coughing. The infection can also decrease the animal’s appetite and lead to noticeable weight loss. It might also drain your dog’s energy. If left untreated, Valley Fever can eventually cause pneumonia that the vet can see on an x-ray.
Without the proper medication, Valley Fever can actually spread past the lungs and cause more issues for the dog. If the animal has disseminated Valley Fever, you might notice lameness or swelling of some limbs. It can also cause paralysis, seizures, swelling, and swollen lymph nodes. Dogs with disseminated Valley Fever might have eye inflammation, cuts that do not heal, or swollen testicles. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is very important to bring the dog to the vet so the doctor can prescribe the right medication and treatment to get rid of the infection.
Valley Fever Season
Although your animal could get Valley Fever at any time, there are usually more cases in Arizona from June-July and from October-November. Pay special attention to your dog’s behavior during these times of year to ensure that he is not suffering from this disease.
With the help of Scottsdale’s Horizon Animal Hospital, you can ensure that your pet is healthy throughout the year. We are open from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm Monday-Friday and from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday for your convenience. Whether you suspect that your dog has Valley Fever or it is time for some shots, our staff is here for you. Call (480) 614-9500 to learn more.
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