Canine Valley Fever Symptoms
Canine valley fever refers to the development of fever in dogs. The symptoms of canine valley fever are quite similar to the symptoms appear in the dogs associated with other health conditions and diseases. It generally originates in dogs when the dogs inhale the fungal spores of Coccidioidomycosis. These fungal spores are generally present in dirt and in dry areas. Once these spores are inhaled by dogs, they grow rapidly, in any part of the body of the dog. In maximum cases, lungs are most commonly infected and the multiplication of spore starts from the lung infection.
Canine valley fever is a high dangerous disease, when compared with a typical cold or flu like symptoms. This symptoms and the condition is not generally fatal, however, when the symptoms progress severely, which includes pneumonia, the symptoms becomes detrimental and the disease lead towards death. A strong Immune system in dogs is capable enough to fight the infection. Dogs in all ages with the weakened immune system are more likely to develop canine valley fever symptoms.
Signs of canine valley fever:
Signs and symptoms of canine valley fever are not apparent for the first three weeks of infection. However, there is an exception that dogs with poor immune systems and puppies shows the symptoms in a couple of days of infection. With the weakened immune systems, the symptoms develop rapidly resulting towards complicated health condition. In other conditions with a good immunity, the symptoms of canine valley fever are associated with very mild respiratory troubles. However, the mild symptoms also include the following;
- Constant hacking cough
- Chronic cough producing phlegm
- Temperature of dog more than 103 degrees Fahrenheit
- Loss of appetite
- Weariness and soreness
Dogs generally have a hotter body temperature and it is too difficult to diagnose the condition based on the temperature, which is one of the symptoms of canine valley fever. In spite increase in temperature in dogs, normal temperature in dogs lies between 99 degrees Fahrenheit to 102 degrees Fahrenheit. So, unless the dogs start to produce other symptoms, it would be difficult to conclude. However, it is very easy to identify the symptoms in puppy with increased temperature. Puppies with fever infection generally become drowsy and less playful. On the contrary, the condition in old age dogs is also quite difficult to identify by the symptoms, where old aged dogs sleep continuously for a longer time.
Severe symptoms of canine valley fever include the following:
- Complete avoidance of human contact
- Change in behaviour and confusion
- Increased urination
- Loss of weight / reduced consumption of water
- Loss and lack of energy
- Pain in joints, where the dogs are unable to play, walk or move
- In most severe cases, the dogs get dehydrated and get into the stage of coma.
Generally, infected dogs want to stay away from human contact and prefer to be alone in a calm area with no noise disruption. By paying close attention to the behavioural changes and symptoms of the dog, the condition can be identified. Once the symptoms of canine valley fever are identified, it requires immediate attention and treatment from veterinarian.