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    Default Re: Moving from Seattle to Arizona in 2 months - any suggestions/guidance?

    Quote Originally Posted by KristinMarie View Post
    Just wanted to update all of you on our move from Seattle to AZ. We have been here 2 weeks and are doing great! The drive down was long and tiring - but I think my husband and I had a harder time with it than Rocco. He slept pretty much the whole way. We made lots of stops for water and stretching our legs and were so happy to arrive safe and sound. Rocco is settling in great so far. It is really hot here - 109 today. We have a good routine with early starts in the morning before it gets too hot. He has two pee/poo pots we created that are in the shade different times of day. Both made from articificial turf (the kind you buy at home depot). I couldn't believe how well he adapted to it. He went pee and poo right away as soon as we showed him that was where he should go. What a smart boy!!!

    Anyway - we are very careful when we take him out to potty to look for spiders, scorpians and snakes (oh my!). So far so good - but we always take the black light and flash light out at night with him. We ran into a wonderful manager at Petco who is also an experienced bully owner. He gave us some great contacts for vets and a local breeder so we can come up to speed quickly on an AZ related health concerns.

    The biggest issue is of course Valley Fever. I guess it isn't really near where we live - but we are very concerned since we understand it is airborne. We have heard some horror stories about other bully owners that have lost their bullies to this horrible disease.

    I just read through the string on sweet Butler - and his near death situation - but it sounds like his momma is taking wonderful care of him, and the recent new meds gabapantin really helped. I'm going to be super diligent to look for any signs or symptoms.

    Anyway - just wanted to give you all an update. Enjoy your weekend.
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    @KristinMarie nice to hear fom you and happy you're there! Keep updating us!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BullyMama View Post
    So glad all went well with the trip/move..... give the boy a hug from us
    Hello Bully friends

    I wanted to give you an update on Rocco and his move to AZ. I'm very sad to tell you that he has come down with Vally Fever. He was diagnosed 5 weeks ago through chest x-ray and symptoms -although he has yet to test positive for the valley fever anti-body - most likely because it is still so early in his disease for the antibodies to show up.

    It all started with a well check at his new vet in early August. He checked out "fine", got his nails trimmed and ears checked, and thought all was good. That evening, he wouldn't settle down to bed, and started panting heavily and showing signs of respiratory distress (panting heavily, showing difficulty breathing, and very agitated) in the middle of the night. We rushed him to the nearest emergency vet for them to tell us what in the world was wrong. They ran very simple blood work, put him on oxygen, and then finally sedated him to calm his breathing and told us to take him home, and go see our vet in the morning.

    After a night of almost no sleep, and high stress, we rushed him into his new vet the next day. They received the ER medical records, and started to evaluate his symptoms and run tests. They did a chest x-ray, blood work, and told us that he had a large amount of "fluids" in his lungs, and his white blood count was quite high. This indicated 2 possible scenarios. Pneumonia, or potentially valley fever. They sent his bloodwork to see if he tested positive for valley fever (which takes 3 days) and then sent us home with anti-biotics and anti-fungal medicine to treat until they got the lab work back.

    The vet told us that there have been more and more cases of valley fever in Maricopa Country (where I lived) due to the change in weather patterns (more monsoons, and more dust storms) that are stirring up the fungus that typically lives 6-8 inches below the soil surface. We are so so careful with Rocco to make sure he isn't outside any longer then he has to for potty time. We don't hang out with him outside at all, due to the heat but also due to the environment.

    3 days later, they called to say that he tested neg for valley fever anti-bodies - but since we had only been in AZ for 5 weeks, it would be very early that he would be exposed to the disease, and therefore very early to see anti-bodies. We continued treatment of both meds for 2 weeks and had a follow up appt last Friday. They did another chest x-ray and saw a slight improvement of the fluid in his lungs (20% improvement from 2 weeks ago) - but they were not pleased that it was not clear. So they have diagnosed him officially with valley fever. I was completely devastated.

    I've tried my best to do some "balanced" research about this horrible disease. Best case scenario - we caught it early, and are treating it aggressively with anti-fungal medicines - and hope that it only stays in his lungs and he will recover fully in 6 months (through careful monitoring and continued medicines). Worst case scenario - it will spread to his organs, central nervous system, brain, bones and ligaments and will ultimately kill him. I'm sick about this development. I can't believe that he has contracted this horrible illness after just a few weeks in AZ. I have decided to move him back to Seattle and have just finished a 2.5 day drive from AZ to WA with him in order to remove him from this horrible environment, and so that I can take care of him (as I spend the school year in Seattle with my son, and work from home, so I can monitor him closely, and make sure he isn't progressing rapidly to a negative state of the disease, and to keep him calm and help him boost his immune symptoms with supplements, rest and excellent food choices.

    I am hoping that we can beat this horrible disease and he will be fine. Please cross your fingers and pray for us.
    I wanted to post this so that any other bully owners considering moving to AZ - that they think twice about their decision before putting their bully babies in harms way.

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    Default Re: Moving from Seattle to Arizona in 2 months - any suggestions/guidance?

    Oh No! I'm shocked and sooo saddened by this news! We do have a member whose Bully survived Valley Fever..She doesn't come on very often but it's @sheila..maybe there are some old threads to help you. What a shock this must've been. And I can't believe how quickly things developed. I remember reading that Climate Change can cause things like this to escalate.

    I have to believe you caught it early since the antibodies didn't show up right away. I'll keep Rocco and you in my prayers. Please stay in touch and we o hope for the best.

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    Wow, I didn't know what valley fever was but it sounds horrid. Thankful you caught it early and hoping you will get him thru this. Hugs to you and Rocco!

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    Oh no! I'm going to pray hard that you caught it early and that the meds work. So very sorry this happened. Please let us know if we can do anything. xoxoxox.
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    Default Re: Moving from Seattle to Arizona in 2 months - any suggestions/guidance?

    oh my wow. who would have thought moving could cause such things to happen. im glad you have gotten him back where he was and it seems since you have cought it early that he will be ok. will be praying for you for sure.

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    I am so sorry this happened to you! Living in AZ you are only the third person I know of who has gotten this horrible disease, I will contact @sheila today and maybe she can help xx


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    I'm sure Rocco is happy to be back in WA. Praying for a speedy recovery sweet boy
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    @KristinMarie

    You are a very dedicated bully mama..... hugs, prayers and positive thoughts for you and Rocco. I so hoe and pray you caught it early enougha nd he will have a full recovery.

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    Oh Kristin, I'm so sorry to hear about this aweful news. I had never heard of Valley Fever before your initial posts on moving. My heart goes out to Rocco and you! I pray for a full recovery for him. What a horrible thing to have to go through for both of you! Hang in there girl and we'll all pray for Rocco!!!
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    Oh my ... I am just so sorry to hear this. I do remember sheila posting about this with her bully, and the things she did to help Butler. I know that Sheila has been tagged on here, and she's also been messaged on facebook. I think speaking to somebody who has been through this themselves is the best thing right now!!

    We are all hoping and praying for your bully-baby!!!

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