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So the vet doesn't think it is kennel cough. She thinks it may be Valley Fever. I'd rather it be KC. :'( We won't have results back until Mon and she said it may come back as a false negative if I caught it early in the disease so we'll have to retest in a few weeks. I hate this **** disease. It's an epidemic this year and just recently one of my friend's dog died from it.

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So first I had the scare with Murray's agility accident which turned out to be a lot of panick over nothing. Then I noticed he was peeing a lot...A LOT...even more than normal for my pred boy so I took in a urine sample to the vet who found traces of protein in the urine. Not good. So she ran a battery of tests for kidney and liver function as well as a bunch of other things. Everything came back normal. Then she tested for VF...again normal. So we retested his urine...normal. :-\ We have no idea why there was protein in the urine one day but not the next so I just watch and wait for now I guess. Oh and pay $250 in vet bills.

I took Essy in for her OFA last week too which was another $225. That was after the vet visit for her ear infection and to get her anal glands expressed.

Then yesterday Essy woke up hacking and gagging. Kennel cough. :-\ Our next show was supposed to be April 13 but maybe not now...for either dog.Bye bye entry fees. :'(

Around here, when it rains it pours...or maybe that should read "poor". ;)
 

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I so agree... when it rains, it does POOR ;)

Sure hope your crew is back to feeling fit and competing again soon!
 

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You may be okay by the 13th if it is a mild case.
You can also hope for a judge change so you can pull and get a refund. :)
 

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Wow Lydia! Pray things get better soon and it works out you can compete.
 

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Lydia - Hoping Murray and Essy are soon feeling better and mom too. I don't think I've ever heard of Valley Fever - is it similar to Kennel Cough? Betsy
 

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No, Valley Fever is a disease common in the Southwest. It is caused by spores that live in the soil and are stirred up when the wind blows, then inhaled into the lungs where the continue to grow until they burst and disperse the disease. Most people who have lived in the Southwest for any length of time have already had VF and may not have even known...probably thinking it was just the flu. Their immune system fights it off. Some people and animals become very sick and require hospitalization. I had it, developed pneumonia from it, should have been hospitalized but fought against doing that because I had small kids to take care of at the time even though I couldn't get out of bed. I was off work for 12 weeks. The disease causes nodules to form in the lungs. My chest xray looked like someone with lung cancer. Sometimes it becomes systemic and goes into the brain, central nervous system, organs, bones and joints. It can be deadly if left untreated and can still be deadly even if treated.

First symptoms are the cough and sometimes limping if the disease has progressed unnoticed.

If you are interested in learning more, here is a link:

http://www.vfce.arizona.edu/
 

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Lydia - Thanks so much for the information about Valley Fever. I had an inkling it might be a geographical thing. And its whatever that word is that both animals and humans can be affected by it. Sounds like you were very sick and I know pneumonia is nothing to fool around with. I will say a quick prayer for Murray - I do hope he is OK. Its always something, isn't it?
 

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Actually its Essy that we are worried about. Murray tested negative recently. We can use all the help we can get so I wanted to make sure those prayers went out for the correct dog. ;)
 

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I hope they're both feeling better soon, Essy with the possible VF and Murray with the protein in his urine :(
 

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Lydia, double the Primorye--two tablespoons per day. Helps the immune system!
 

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Oh my. Good thoughts headed your way for all of your crew. I hope everyone mends quickly and you are back competeing soon!
 

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Yellow Boys Mom said:
Lydia, double the Primorye--two tablespoons per day. Helps the immune system!
Really? Cool! I was wondering why Murray wasn't coughing. I figured he'd be the one more likely to pick up something since he's on pred which suppresses the immune system. Essy isn't taking the Primorye but maybe I need to start her on it too.
 

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Lydia - Sorry I had Murray with the VF and not Essy. Both seem worthy of a prayer though so I included both. I do hope the news is only good and soon. I say a prayer every day for everyone who has a pup that they love and that loves them back and for all the pups who need someone to love them and all the people who need someone to love that some how they find each other.
Susan - What is Primoyre?

Betsy
 

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Susan - What is Primoyre?
At the IX Terry had talked to the other Oxyfresh distributor about it. It is a stress relief formula with adapatgins that gives the system whatever it needs. Was started by the Russians for their athletes. Since it is an herb it is not illegeal. I helps with mental clarity, builds the immune system, etc. My website for it is: www.oxyfresh.com/SusanJenins Caleb and I both take it everyday and use the Gold before we go into the ring. Has helps us a lot!
 

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Susan - Thanks for the information. Does it help you in the same way it helps Caleb? That probably sounds like a stupid question but what I mean is - the reason you take it and give it to Caleb is a stress reducer?
I know some people think Fresh Factors is great. I don't take much myself although I do take vitamins and some glucosimine and I do give the pups glucosimine tablets every day. I will look at your web site. Thanks . Betsy
 
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