Valley Fever and the Haboob

Dust storms in Chandler, AZ, Gilbert AZ and Mesa, AZ are common. The recent (July, 2011) Haboob made national news and everyone was commenting on Facebook about the amazing weather in Phoenix. To those of us that have lived in Arizona for a long time, this weather is nothing new to us. It does bring to light though some important human and animal risks.

Whenever we have blowing dust, we must always think of Valley Fever. Valley Fever is a fungus that lives in the desert soil and is easily picked up in the wind. It is inhaled into the lungs and can then disseminate to the rest of the body. Signs of Valley fever include but are not limited to; lethargy, weight loss, dry hacking cough, anorexia, or limping. If you are at all concerned about Valley Fever or would like more information about it, please contact us.

Dr. Salemi

Dr. Charles Salemi

Here is a link to an article about the increased risk of Valley Fever after a dust storm.


  1. Dr. Tenney says

    This summer is turning out to have more major dust storms. Unfortunately, there is no way to prevent a pet from being exposed to Valley Fever spores as long as they live in the Valley. And there are no vaccines or other methods to prevent infection. We continue to diagnose this disease on a weekly basis. But there is the good news that medications are normally effective and have become far more cost effective.

  2. Brutus says

    I, Brutus is an unfortunate receiver of valley fever. When I first got it it took me down to 87 pounds, then with the right medicines I got back up to 150. You see I am a bull mastiff. Then the valley fever hit again and took me down to 100 lbs and infected my testicles so I had to be neutered. It was two rough surgeries but I’m happy to say I’m weighing in at around 200 lbs feel good and look great. Thanks to Dr. Tenney who saved my life. Its a horrible disease and I know I still have problems. Like some days I can’t reach my head to the ground to even get a drink of water let alone eat my food. So I have the raised up food and water dishes. I don’t know how I got Valley Fever, I know its from the dirt so keep your loved ones out of any dust storms. Not all pets are as lucky as me.