Pet vaccine may be available soon – Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Ariz. (KGUN) – Valley fever can be devastating to people and pets. But there are vaccines to protect dogs – and maybe humans too.

Humans only love dogs, and there is something in the Arizona desert that can be very life threatening to them and can lead to difficult decisions for those who love these animals.

The danger lies in the dust. The fungus that causes valley fever is lurking. Dogs live nose to the ground, so they are particularly likely to catch him. Margaret Hardy’s bitch, Gina, has it in her lungs and bones.

“She certainly suffered from it. In the first few months when we met her, she took painkillers for a long time, so there was a lot of discomfort and pain. “

She knew Zena had Valley Fever when she adopted her from the Pima Animal Care Center. She says skillful treatment now makes Zena’s comfortable life easier, but it is sad to know that her life may be shorter than it was before.

“She had just relapsed and had to see a vet. But we went to the hospital twice this week because of a setback. And it costs money. You run to a vet when it isn’t cheap. “

Some animals cannot be saved. Treatment costs will be cut down and some families may have to give up their pets, which they love very much.

“Between Tucson and Phoenix, vets will see at least one new case of valley fever per week,” says vet Dr. Lisa Schwitz. University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for ExcellenceI study volleyball fever for humans and pets. She says the cost of pet diagnosis and treatment for Valley Fever, Arizona is at least $ 60 million.

“And emotional costs and losses are not included. They know dogs that die no matter what we can do to treat them. “

But dr. Schwitz is working on ways to protect pets – vaccine with strong potential to immunize pets against Valley Fever. She says the dog could be ready sometime next year, setting it up for a vaccine to protect people from Valley Fever.

“I think demonstrating the safety and success of this vaccine in dogs can also help create a very optimistic viewpoint. If we can show that, people can move towards it. That works and I can’t make a dog. Illness. And as you know, we also help people. “

Dr. Schwitz says dog owners were so interested in the Valley Fever vaccine that they donated it to pay for development costs. The bad news for Xena is that the vaccine won’t help dogs already suffering from Valley Fever. However, Margaret Hardy says he wants his pet to be vaccinated.

If you would like your dog to participate in a Valley Fever study at the University of Arizona Valley Fever Center for Excellence, please contact Dr. Sweat. [email protected] And Dr. Butkiewicz [email protected] ..

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