Subject: Valley Fever

I am not making any claims that this information helps 'cure' Valley Fever.  The following information has not gone under any formal federal testing or scientific  research to prove its effectiveness.  Trying anything that has not had formal testing and scientific research proves to be a possible risk, with the possibility of detrimental results. If you choose to follow this information for your animal, you do so at YOUR OWN RISK. I will not be held liable. This information worked for my dogs, BUT IT MAY NOT WORK FOR YOURS.

OKAY! Now with that formality out of the way....

I tried this method out of sheer desperation.  I knew the risks, but still chose to be a 'pioneer' because the alternative was looking very bleak, and my pocket was wearing thin. Please understand that if you choose to be a 'pioneer' as well, you too are taking a risk. If you don't like taking risks, you may not want to read any farther.

With my 'amateur' research, this is what I had discovered: The reason dogs and other animals have not been able to overcome Valley Fever is because of a possible depressed immune system. Valley Fever (Coccidioidomycosis) is a fungal type of infection. It lives in the dirt of the Southwestern United States and Mexico.  The only way to catch it is to breathe it in.  The current prescription medicines used for the treatment of Valley Fever, such as Dyflucan or Nizorale, do not 'kill' the fungus, but merely inhibit the growth structure of it.  The dog still needs to overcome the fungal infection on his own.

One thing you should do is reduce the dog's exposure to the fungus. He needs to completely overcome this, or he may re-infect himself over and over again. From what I am told, if the dog is able to completely overcome the fungal infection, he should not get it again. Keep your dog off bare dirt, don't let him dig. Plant grass and don't let him in the area again until the grass is thick enough to hold the dust and dirt down.

This is what I've been sending everyone (and there have been many) that asks me for information on Valley Fever:

I will tell you what helped me. It has helped alot of other dogs too, but NOT EVERY dog that has tried it. You might want to do a VERY LOW dose of Nizorale or Dyflucan along with this to be on the safe side.

This is what I've learned so far about Sulfur and Valley Fever:

Sublimed Sulfur - medicinal grade (NOT MSM, that you get at the health food store), seems to work with most dogs in reducing Valley Fever (and the titers). You can order it through your pharmacy.

For a 60 to 80 Lb dog - use one ounce divided into eight (8) portions (then capsuled), one portion is then given every 12 hours for four days. I repeated this once a month for about three months. Sometimes the pharmacy will capsule the sulfur for you (...and then sometimes they give you a hard time about using sulfur on a dog). Your Vet will also say "Absolutely NOT." It's up to you. I've had success with it. I've also tried the MSM (dietary sulfur) which had absolutely NO effects in reducing the Valley Fever Titer, as a matter of fact, the dog's titer went back up.

I've also found out that if you give a combination of vitamins and herbs that build the immune system and are known for combating fungal infections, you may have greater results with the sulfur. Here's the list:

Vitamin C (Ester-C): Try to slowly build your dog up to 3000 IU a day (if tolerated, at least 500 to 1000 IU a day) Use the Ester-C, I use the powdered form. This is an immune builder. The brand I have used is NATROL's Powdered ESTER-C.... one teaspoon yields a whopping 3000 IU, so be careful how you measure it out.

Acidophilus: Get a good brand, keep it in the refrigerator, I bought Nature's Way Primadopholus, it's really potent.

- One in the morning and evening for the first week, then just one a day after that.

Garlic: you might want to try the 'odorless' kind (hehe). Get a potent one.

- Two in the morning, two in the evening. An effective anti-fungal as well as immune builder.

Pau d'Arco: This is an herb, well known for it's anti-fungal properties (also anti-cancer properties).

- Two in the morning, two in the evening.

Echinacea & Astragulus: these are herbs. Known for immune building.

- One to two in the morning, one to two in the evening for two weeks, then stop for two weeks. Keep doing this rotation.

Pycnogenol & Grape Seed Extract: These are herbal extractions. I buy Dr. Linus Pauling brand because his is the only 'reasonably priced' one that is effective. I get it either at the healthfood store or Osco's drug store. These are extremely potent anti-oxidants. (also effective in treatment of ADD/ADHD children)

- One in the morning, one in the evening.

If your dog is limping, then try either of the following:

- Glyco-flex, glucosamine, or shark cartilage. Any of these will help the limping that the lesions from the Valley Fever causes.

I hope I've been helpful. I know this is alot of pills, but I just grabbed a hot dog and then: shoved down four pills and offered a piece of hot dog to push it down. Then came the next four pills, and a piece of hot dog, I think you get the picture. You will need to keep the dog's immune system in it's prime for at least six months. Oh, yeah, I don't give vities and herbs on weekends (this way the dog's system doesn't start 'taking them for granted').

I hope this helps. Please let me know how it works for you. Everything I've given you (sizes and amounts) are for an adult dog approximately 60 to 85 lbs). If you have any other questions, just ask! For those of you who do NOT want to deal with the mess of capsuling the sulfur, and/or need a decent price on the prescription meds, please contact Medical Arts Pharmacy @ (480) 345-2555. They can sell you the capsuled sulfur AND fill your 'scripts for the Nizorale, etc.

Mustafa can answer any questions you may have with the meds and sulfur.

And you may want to 'surge' the dog with sulfur once a month until the titer is down below 1 to 2. Also, put fresh chopped greenbeans or carrots on the food. If the dog isn't eating, try stewing organ meats (beef liver, kidney, heart), chop them into small pieces. Put them back into the essence with a can of chicken broth (low salt brand). Pour 1/2 cup on each serving of food.

One final note, sulfur can cause some flatulence,... you may want to let the dog out frequently.

Danielle Leto
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