The UNH News Service has recently diagnosed a fungal disease in a rescue dog in Arizona with the New Hampshire Diagnostic Veterinary Lab at New Hampshire University, Valley Fever. It is the first time in the state that the laboratory has diagnosed the disease in a dog. The treatable disease is common in the Southwest and seldom seen in New England wild dogs.
“The presentation of biopsied tissues to histopathology even when a loss seems routine is a reminder to the veterinarian of your pet’s travel history and importance. Increasing numbers of abandoned dogs and cats have been taken to New England for adoption, which is particularly important. The animal may be affected by diseases common in those countries but that does not usually occur in these regions, “said Colleen F. Monahan, senior professor at New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Lab, Senior Veterinary Pathologist, and Assistant Professors at UNH.
Monahan identified the disease after a mass was sent for biopsy to the laboratory on the leg of a New Hampshire dog, collected by a veterinarian.
“As people and animals come to the area where Valley Fever has become more common, there are occasional reports of people and animals from New England. There, we heard from the doctor that two years ago, the dog had a small mass on the leg and was rescued from Arizona.
Two-thirds of the U.S. according to the University of Arizona Valley Fever Institute for Excellency. In Arizona, the infection of Valley Fever occurs, although it is uncommon nationally. Following the inhalation of spores that grow in loose, sandy soils, most commonly found in the United States and northwest of Mexico, people and animals can develop Valley Fever. It cannot be transmitted from animals to humans or between animals .