Valley Fever Center for Excellence

Coccidioidomycosis

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Valley Fever in Dogs

Nikkomycin Z Study in Dogs

Click here for study results.

Clinical trial to begin August 2014:

VT-1161, an experimental antifungal drug, for treatment of valley fever pneumonia in dogs. Contact Dr. Lisa Shubitz at lfshubit@email.arizona.edu or 520-626-8198 for more information. For easiest enrollment, have your veterinarian contact Dr. Shubitz with your dog’s clinical history and referral information. We will not be enrolling dogs with bone involvement, seizures, skin, or other significant sites of disease; the study is limited to respiratory cases.

Because of their susceptibility and popularity as human companions, dogs comprise the majority of animal cases of Valley Fever. Owners spend hundreds to thousands of dollars each year, especially in Arizona, diagnosing, treating, and following up care for their dogs with Valley Fever. It is estimated that valley fever costs all Arizona dog owners at least $60 million per year.

Education, research, and improved clinical treatment are the missions of the Valley Fever Center for Excellence. Lisa Shubitz, DVM, frequently engages in talks and seminars for both veterinary care groups and dog owners. Dog clubs, rescue organizations, and the Tucson Public Library are among the groups to whom she has given seminars. Dr. Shubitz is the author of the veterinary Valley Fever materials on these pages.

Research is the backbone of medical advances that improve clinical treatment. Vaccines, drugs, better diagnostic tests, and understanding host responses are topics under current study at the Valley Fever Center.

Studies that might benefit dogs in the future include testing combinations of drugs, and determining absorption of various formulations of the drug itraconazole, testing an experimental antifungal drug in sick dogs, and development of a vaccine to prevent valley fever in dogs.

The Veterinary Specialty Center of Tucson is the hub of clinical Valley Fever research involving companion animals in southern Arizona. VSCOT supports the research by providing hospital facilities where animals can be involved in studies of treatments or new diagnostic tests for Valley Fever.

The vast majority of funds to perform clinical studies in dogs arise from donations to the Valley Fever Companion Animal Fund. Click here for information on how you or your group can donate to Valley Fever research that benefits dogs. Be sure to indicate that you would like your gift to support Valley Fever research in animals.

Support groups:

GoldcanyonDOG.org (Phoenix area)






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