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Shelly



Joined: 05 Oct 2007
Posts: 2
Location: Virginia

PostPosted: Fri Oct 05, 2007 7:17 pm    Post subject: Fluid retention Reply with quote

We have a 3-year old dog, Tango, that has recently suffered a recurrence of valley fever (after one year of being off fluconozole). He is suffering from a lot of fluid retention in the sac around his heart and lungs and also his abdomen. The vet has drained the fluid twice, but it keeps coming back. Does anyone have experience with this? We don't know if we should keep draining the fluid, or if it means that the valley fever has already gone too far. Tango picked up valley fever while we were visiting my parents in Tucson. The vets here in Virginia do not know anything about valley fever (it took forever, and a lot of expensive tests, to get a correct diagnosis) and so aren't experienced enough to give us a good opinion on how to treat him. Any thoughts you have would be very appreciated!
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Sheila



Joined: 29 Dec 2004
Posts: 240
Location: Reno, NV

PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 7:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Shelley and Tango. I am so sorry to hear about your situation. It's hard for people who live in other areas who have vf, and maybe harder with dogs, as the vets are so unaware.

Your best bet is to have your veterinarian contact Dr Lisa Shubitz from the Valley Fever Center of Excellence at the UofAZ. Send her an email to lfshubit@u. arizona. edu (fix it so it's without spaces) and ask her for a phone number where your own vet can contact her. She has been wonderful about returning mail and talking with vets in all areas. The link to the vfce is: http://vfce.arl.arizona.edu/, a good place to start for you and your vet.

You didn't mention if Tango was on any medications or not. Keeping all paws crossed for both of you.
Sheila
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Shelly



Joined: 05 Oct 2007
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Location: Virginia

PostPosted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 6:29 am    Post subject: thank you Reply with quote

hi Sheila, thank you very much for your help. we have contacted Dr. Shubitz and hopefully we can get a reply soon. many thanks again.
Shelly
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Sheila



Joined: 29 Dec 2004
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Location: Reno, NV

PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2007 3:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Shelley. I know everyone here is wondering about Tango, praying he is doing well. Hoping you find a moment to give us an update.
Sheila
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