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Does your horse have VALLEY FEVER? It is rare, but growing in the West… check out the symptoms.

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 | Filed under Medical

I’m so sorry that I have been MIA since Saturday… this is the first time in 8 years that I’ve missed posting due to illness.  Usually, I can power through whatever is ailing me… But, this time, no.

I’ve yet to be formally diagnosed because the labwork has not been revealed to me.  But, the docs think I have VALLEY FEVER.

Immediately, they took a chest Xray which ruled out pneumonia.  But, the actual diagnosis comes from a fungus culture, so they tell me, and that is growing.  They think this is what I have… and luckily, it isn’t too bad.


I feel horrible.

However, it could be worse…  People die from this, and I’m not dying.  So, there’s that.  And, once I get the official diagnosis, I get the anti-fungals and I’ll be fine.

But what about your dog, cat or horse?  Do they contract Valley Fever, too?

Yes.  They do.

For me, the symptoms are:  Horrible chest pain like I was having an heart attack, then dry cough, chest pain, headache, joint aches, lethargy, weird taste/smell coming from my lungs, no sense of taste (so horse may be off feed).

…I’m guessing it is about the same in any animal.

This is a photo I found on the internet. It does not depict a horse with Valley Fever. It does show a horse in Arizona, where Valley Fever happens.


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Valley Fever in Other Animals

Valley Fever can affect many other animals besides dogs and cats.

Most mammals can be shown to be infected with the fungus, even if they do not get sick from it very often.

Valley Fever can be what is considered an “incidental finding” after death:

the organisms are present but are not causing any illness in the animal. This is very typical of cows and other ruminant livestock. Occasionally, an animal may become sick and die from the illness but it is very rare.

Species in which Valley Fever has been found:

  • cattle and other livestock
  • horses
  • llamas and alpacas
  • apes and monkeys
  • many kinds of zoo animals such as kangaroos, wallabies, tigers, bears, badgers, otters, etc.
  • marine mammals – sea otters, dolphins, and California sea lions on the west coast
  • occasional wildlife that lives in the endemic area – skunk, cougar, javelina


Infections are uncommon in horses but if they manifest the disease, it is usually severe or disseminated at the time of discovery. Of the 20 or so cases reported in the literature prior to 1990, all were euthanized. Since the advent of itraconazole and fluconazole, successful treatment of horses has been reported. This is likely dependent on awareness, early diagnosis, and the decrease in cost of medication, particularly fluconazole. Horses in the literature treated with ketoconazole all died despite the medication.

Llamas & Alpacas

Llamas and alpacas appear to be exquisitely sensitive to Valley Fever. They develop severe and fulminant disease. Death is a common outcome. No information on treatment of llamas and alpacas is published in the major veterinary literature at this time. However, this author is aware that some southern Arizona veterinarians have had success treating these species with ketoconazole, fluconazole and itraconazole.

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Apes & Monkeys

Apes, monkeys, and all other smaller primates are very susceptible to Valley Fever. Many of the animals in the Phoenix, Tucson, and San Diego zoos, as well as primates in centers and refuges that exist in the endemic area, are being treated long term for Valley Fever, and the zoos lost many of these creatures before treatments for Valley Fever were developed. Treatments are the same as for dogs and people.

Other Zoo Animals

Other zoo animals, most of which are exotic to this part of the country, are variably susceptible to the disease. The zoos are very aware of this disease and often get early testing of animals that are not feeling well. The animals can then be medicated.

Marine mammals

Unusual cases crop up periodically in marine mammals such as sea otters and dolphins, suggesting the spores can be blown out over the water where these animals inhale them and become sick. An occasional case is also found in wild native animals. Likely, these animals have become debilitated in some way, making them susceptible to the disease. The infection is discovered after the animal has died or been euthanized for poor condition.


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More information on Double Cream as POTENTIAL LAMINITIS REMEDY and The Three FLAVORS horses pick most often!

I wanted to follow up on the article I posted about ‘double cream’ being a potential cure for laminitis.  If you missed that post, click here.

Well, the author of that article wrote to me with a follow up that I thought was interesting – so I’ve attached it below.

If Mama Tess were alive… or if anyone here shows signs of laminitis, aside from all the normal immediate actions to take (reduce sugars, no grain, no stress, ice, boots, antiflam…), I would also add the double cream.  Couldn’t hurt, could help.


FROM:  Susan Rogerson

Hi Dawn,

Lovely to hear from you! Someone else in the US asked me about this recently too, so I’ve  already done a bit of research. I was really surprised when I found out that you don’t have fresh cream in the US. What do you put on your strawberries?! In England it only costs around £1.20 per pot, but that’s not much help to you!

I have found out that double cream can be bought on Amazon, imported from England, in glass jars. However, the reviews for the product are mixed – some people love it, but there have also been bad reviews citing spoilt (sometimes seemingly unrefrigerated) product. It’s also really expensive buying it that way.  One person did say that they could buy it “locally” at a cheaper price, but I don’t know where they were from!

Amazon also sell what they call “Heavy cream powder”. It looks like it might be roughly equivalent to our “double cream” (albeit a dried version), with a high butterfat content, so it might be worth trying – although it also contains some additives. There is a hormone-free one advertised (see below) – there may be others (be wary of non-organic US milk as I believe the cows are all fed growth hormone, and I don’t know what effect that would have on a horse – especially a sick one (growth hormone is banned in Britain so we don’t have that problem)). It’s still expensive but has a long shelf-life. I don’t know whether it will be as good as fresh, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t be, if it’s reconstituted properly – it’s the high fat content that’s important.

The only other thing I can think of as a substitute is ghee – if you have that in the US. Unless you can find a local farmer that would start producing fresh cream – there’s definitely a gap in the market!

I hope that is of some help. If you can find anything else that I can recommend to other people in the US, then I’d love to hear from you.

I’d be so happy if other people tried it and it worked. I tried to get a proper trial going in England, in conjunction with a vet, but the Home Office wouldn’t give us a licence. They said that there wasn’t enough proof that it worked. Which was a bit mad, as the whole point of doing the trial was to prove that it works!! But that’s governments for you! I can’t even get articles in British magazines, as they won’t take them without veterinary approval, which I can’t get! Any other success stories would really help the cause. Hopefully there would be a snowball effect, and the establishment would start to take me seriously. More importantly, horses and their owners might be spared the agonies and devastation that laminitis brings.

There is one other success story in the comments section of my paper:

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The milk fat, double cream, as an effective anti-inflammatory in acute laminitis
Abstract: This study indicates that the milk fat, double cream, is an effective anti-inflammatory in the treatment of acute laminitis…

If that pony can get better, then there is hope for all.

Please let me know how people get on, and if you have any other questions, or just want to chat about it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch again (although I only have intermittent email access, so it may take me a few days to reply!).

Thanks for your interest.

Kind regards,


I was a little surprised by this list… I would have thought apples or carrots would be up there – maybe even melon.

But no… here they are:

  1.  Banana
  2.  Anise  (Licorice)
  3.  Maple Syrup flavor

I was also told that if a horse is refusing supplement or medicine, you could try banana pudding powder.

I had never thought of that!

My horses love watermelon! I wonder if melon was offered to these test horses?…

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