Nikkomycin Z Study in Dogs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.