Healthy dogs!

valley fever life cycle

Our Labrador, was tested for Valley Fever;  his test results and xrays are negative.  This is the best news and wonderful blessing.

Labrador Retriever mix
healthy flat coat retriever

If you live in Arizona, you and your animals will most definitely come in contact with Valley Fever fungi.  A strong immune system will defeat Valley Fever just like it would the flu.

The mucous membrane linings of the respiratory, gastrointestinal, and genitourinary tracts provide one of the first lines of defense against invasion by microbes. Internal defense mechanisms for the immune system include the Lymphatic system, Thymus gland, bone marrow, spleen, white blood cells and antibodies.

valley fever life cycle
valley fever life cycle from the CDC

I’ve learned quite a bit regarding an animal’s immune system and the importance of keeping your pet healthy.

Our Jack Russel, is currently on medication for Valley Fever.  He is doing great and running around like a puppy!  Valley Fever is treated with anti-fungus medication.

dogs swimming in pool
jack russel recovering from valley fever

The immune system is your cat’s, dog’s, bunny’s, etc…  PROTECTOR.   It is the immune system’s job to respond to infectious challenges and antigenic stimuli from the outside world without destroying the host animal itself.

Siamese large cat
Cats can get Valley Fever too

My entire family, with and without fur, wishes you Love, Peace and most of all good Health.  

God Bless you and your families.

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Author: tjsgarden

We are a family that loves the Arizona Desert. A lot of research and team efforts go into our articles and photos. Come discover the beauty and mystery with us. Don't forget your sunscreen!

8 thoughts on “Healthy dogs!”

  1. So glad to hear your Puppies are doing ok. We are away from home on holidays at the moment and have had to leave our Black Lab and Jack Russel at home with Nana. Something I don’t want to do again anytime soon…Next time it will be pet friendly accomodation only! I miss them so much..Blessings to you!

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