My dog may have Valley Fever – what are my options?

Question: 

I took my dog to the veterinary ER for being lethargic, acting sensitive to light, and having a fever, pale gums, and bloodshot eyes. His temperature was 103.8°F and his pulse was 196. His abdominal (belly) X-rays were normal and his bloodwork showed a mildly elevated white cell count and a mildly decreased platelet count. He was also 4dx tested (tested for four common infections, anaplasma, ehrlichia, Lyme disease, and heartworm disease) all negative. A test for Valley Fever, a urine culture, and an abdominal ultrasound were all recommended. We started with the Valley Fever titer and are anxiously awaiting the results. Do you think it’s okay to wait on the urine culture and ultrasound?

Answer: 

I hope that by this time you have an answer to your dog’s illness and symptoms. Fevers of unknown origin often require a diligent search for the underlying cause, which appears to be what your emergency doctor has started. Without being able to examine your pet, it sounds like the advice your local emergency service is suggesting is a very reasonable approach to this illness. We cannot make direct recommendations on this website, but you should consult with your family veterinarian and your emergency facility to determine the proper plan for diagnostics and treatment for your pet. Best of luck.