October, 06, 2002

Khayman's continuous high fever has been really bothering me and I figured there's gotta be something I can do to help relieve it.  I called my vet tonight and asked if I could give him an "aspirin", I was given the OK and after about an hour Khayman sprung into dog mode and was chewing on anything he could find on my daughter's bedroom floor.  It's a huge relief to see him act this way, I just wish now that I had thought of it sooner.


Here are a few sites that I've found to be helpful


If you would like your link added or know of a site that should be listed here
please email me

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone past, present and future who have sent advice, links and/or well wishes.  It's nice to know there are people out there who care enough to take time out of their busy schedules to help a stranger help an animal.
Thank you,


$$$$$  VALLEY FEVER COSTS  $$$$$

If you live in Arizona there's no longer a need to dart off to Mexico for cheaper Valley Fever meds.  Pet Health Pharmacy in Youngstown (1-800-742-0516) makes their own version of Fluconazole and the cost is about 80% less than if you were to actually buy Fluconazole.  
What could have cost me $400.00 a month is now only costing me $45.00 a month.  Huge difference.......expecially when you're talking about 6-12 months worth of meds. 

Thanks to everyone who emailed bringing this to my attention, you have just saved me a lot of unnecessary stress not to mention a lot of money.

Khayman will be started on Fluconazole (150 mg twice a day) by the end of the week.
I'm not taking him off of the Ketaconazole because I've had problems with it, because I haven't at all.  I'm doing it because Fluconazole is a better medication and easier on the animal.

Khayman's Eyes

After only 4 days on the Ketaconazol, Benadryl, and aspirin Khayman's eyes are already over
50% improved.  What a relief, not just for him but me too..

October, 14, 2002

Khayman has been on Fluconazole for 5 days now and seems to be doing worse.
He's lethargic, breathing heavy, has had 1 nose bleed and is now refusing food all together.
My Vet recommends we get him started on Prednisone and see what the next couple days bring.  If there's no improvement it's xray time and we'll go from there.

October, 21, 2002

The prednisone has made a huge difference in Khayman's appetite as I knew that it would. He's eating about 2-3 pounds of hamburger daily along with dry kibble.
He seems to have both good and bad days as far as his eyes and nose are concerned.  No more nose bleeds, but his nose is still really dry and blocked up with gross stuff.    I've been putting him in my bathroom with a humidifier for about 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a day.  It really seems to help clear him up.  If only he could blow his nose............
His eyes seem to go back and forth.  Some days they look really good and others they're small, red and crusty.  Hopefully it won't be to long before he has more good days than bad.
He's such a sweet animal, I hate that he's having to go through all this  :(

October, 29, 2002

I had Khayman at the vets office again yesterday for his eyes and he was diagnosed as having a condition called "dry eye"  He's been put on BNP ointment for 10 days and Cyclosporin 0.2% ointment for life.  He was also put on Rimadyl for pain.
My vet is also suggesting that when Khayman was younger he may have suffered from Distemper.  The pads of his feet are very rough and dry, I was told that it's a good indicator of a dog that has survived Distemper.
When it rains in pours, and in Khayman's case it's a full blown monsoon storm!

November, 05, 2002

Finally some good news!
Khayman's eyes look wonderful, the ointments have done a world of good.
No more oozing gross stuff, no more squinting, no more scratching.
Just big, bright, beautiful wolf eyes!

November, 24, 2002

Khayman is doing incredibly well.  He's showing no physical signs of the Vally Fever at all and his eyes look beautiful.
Khayman's story

On September 13th 2002 Khayman was found as a stray and brought to Maricopa County
Animal Care and Control
in Mesa, Arizona.  After a 2 week stay Khayman was scheduled to be euthanized due to his "wolfie" appearance. 

Ann from Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue and Adoptions found him in time and gave him a second chance at life.  I agreed to foster him until a forever home could be found, but within days I fell in love with him and decided to adopt him myself.

Within the first week, he began showing signs of what I believed to be Kennel Cough.  What puzzled me though was how bloodshot his eyes were becoming and his poor appetite.  I made an appointment with my vet and agreed to have a full blood panel done on him to find out exactly what was going on.  Three days later the results were in and I was told that he tested positive for Valley Fever. 

Temp: 103   -   White blood cell count:  36   -   Titer:  1:16

We started him on Ketaconazole (300 mg) today (Oct, 05) and if all goes well he will remain on it for the next 6-12 months.  He will be retested in three months (Jan, 2003)

I will update this page as often and with as much information as I can, and will supply full reports on Khayman's progress. 

Wish us luck, this is just the beginning of what I'm learning is a long process.





Tax deductible donations can be made through CABRA, earmarked
for Tundra Shepherd Rescue. 
Donations are made payable to
CABRA Inc. and mailed to The Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona,
P.O. Box 7264, Phoenix, AZ. 85011-7264
Khayman & Valley Fever
Just one person's experience
Khayman's story

On September 13th 2002 Khayman was found as a stray and brought to Maricopa County
Animal Care and Control
in Mesa, Arizona.  After a 2 week stay Khayman was scheduled to be euthanized due to his "wolfie" appearance. 

Ann from Arizona Siberian Husky Rescue and Adoptions found him in time and gave him a second chance at life.  I agreed to foster him until a forever home could be found, but within days I fell in love with him and decided to adopt him myself.

Within the first week, he began showing signs of what I believed to be Kennel Cough.  What puzzled me though was how bloodshot his eyes were becoming and his poor appetite.  I made an appointment with my vet and agreed to have a full blood panel done on him to find out exactly what was going on.  Three days later the results were in and I was told that he tested positive for Valley Fever. 

Temp: 103   -   White blood cell count:  36   -   Titer:  1:16

We started him on Ketaconazole (300 mg) today (Oct, 05) and if all goes well he will remain on it for the next 6-12 months.  He will be retested in three months (Jan, 2003)

I will update this page as often and with as much information as I can, and will supply full reports on Khayman's progress. 

Wish us luck, this is just the beginning of what I'm learning is a long process.





Tax deductible donations can be made through CABRA, earmarked
for Tundra Shepherd Rescue. 
Donations are made payable to
CABRA Inc. and mailed to The Coalition of All Breed Rescue of Arizona,
P.O. Box 7264, Phoenix, AZ. 85011-7264
October, 06, 2002

Khayman's continuous high fever has been really bothering me and I figured there's gotta be something I can do to help relieve it.  I called my vet tonight and asked if I could give him an "aspirin", I was given the OK and after about an hour Khayman sprung into dog mode and was chewing on anything he could find on my daughter's bedroom floor.  It's a huge relief to see him act this way, I just wish now that I had thought of it sooner.


Here are a few sites that I've found to be helpful


If you would like your link added or know of a site that should be listed here
please email me

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone past, present and future who have sent advice, links and/or well wishes.  It's nice to know there are people out there who care enough to take time out of their busy schedules to help a stranger help an animal.
Thank you,


$$$$$  VALLEY FEVER COSTS  $$$$$

If you live in Arizona there's no longer a need to dart off to Mexico for cheaper Valley Fever meds.  Pet Health Pharmacy in Youngstown (1-800-742-0516) makes their own version of Fluconazole and the cost is about 80% less than if you were to actually buy Fluconazole.  
What could have cost me $400.00 a month is now only costing me $45.00 a month.  Huge difference.......expecially when you're talking about 6-12 months worth of meds. 

Thanks to everyone who emailed bringing this to my attention, you have just saved me a lot of unnecessary stress not to mention a lot of money.

Khayman will be started on Fluconazole (150 mg twice a day) by the end of the week.
I'm not taking him off of the Ketaconazole because I've had problems with it, because I haven't at all.  I'm doing it because Fluconazole is a better medication and easier on the animal.

Khayman's Eyes

After only 4 days on the Ketaconazol, Benadryl, and aspirin Khayman's eyes are already over
50% improved.  What a relief, not just for him but me too..

October, 14, 2002

Khayman has been on Fluconazole for 5 days now and seems to be doing worse.
He's lethargic, breathing heavy, has had 1 nose bleed and is now refusing food all together.
My Vet recommends we get him started on Prednisone and see what the next couple days bring.  If there's no improvement it's xray time and we'll go from there.

October, 21, 2002

The prednisone has made a huge difference in Khayman's appetite as I knew that it would. He's eating about 2-3 pounds of hamburger daily along with dry kibble.
He seems to have both good and bad days as far as his eyes and nose are concerned.  No more nose bleeds, but his nose is still really dry and blocked up with gross stuff.    I've been putting him in my bathroom with a humidifier for about 10-15 minutes 2-3 times a day.  It really seems to help clear him up.  If only he could blow his nose............
His eyes seem to go back and forth.  Some days they look really good and others they're small, red and crusty.  Hopefully it won't be to long before he has more good days than bad.
He's such a sweet animal, I hate that he's having to go through all this  :(

October, 29, 2002

I had Khayman at the vets office again yesterday for his eyes and he was diagnosed as having a condition called "dry eye"  He's been put on BNP ointment for 10 days and Cyclosporin 0.2% ointment for life.  He was also put on Rimadyl for pain.
My vet is also suggesting that when Khayman was younger he may have suffered from Distemper.  The pads of his feet are very rough and dry, I was told that it's a good indicator of a dog that has survived Distemper.
When it rains in pours, and in Khayman's case it's a full blown monsoon storm!

November, 05, 2002

Finally some good news!
Khayman's eyes look wonderful, the ointments have done a world of good.
No more oozing gross stuff, no more squinting, no more scratching.
Just big, bright, beautiful wolf eyes!

November, 24, 2002

Khayman is doing incredibly well.  He's showing no physical signs of the Vally Fever at all and his eyes look beautiful.
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