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Valley fever can affect dogs, too

When Stockton resident Chrissy Davis was in a state of depression several years ago, she leaned on Zen, her peppy and active Weimaraner, whose only goal seemed to be improving Davis' mood.

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  • Virginia Pearson-Menezes posted at 6:19 pm on Sat, Sep 3, 2011.

    Virgie Posts: 1

    My dog Maggie had valley fever. I knew she wasn't acting herself and took her to the doctor. He told me there was a test I could have ran but it would cost between 300.00 and 500.00 dollars. I ran the test and sure enough she had it. The cost is great I'm so glad that Zen Speaks can help others pay for the cost. Valley Fever is a long road with med. and vet appt. Thanks so much for helping others. Zen Speaks for all those who can't

  • Chrissy Davis posted at 5:10 pm on Sat, Sep 3, 2011.

    Chrissy and Zen Posts: 1

    Maggie, thank you so much for bringing attention to this devastating disease. Zen was a rescue dog but it was he that rescued me, not the other way around. He taught lessons about life and unconditional love and he still continues to teach today. There are just a couple of corrections I want to make (to protect the innocent) U C Davis was not the place that diagnosed him with a spleen condition first, that was a different place. They did their best effort but Valley Fever is not only persistent it is sneaky. And secondly, U C Davis did perform the surgery to scrape the fungus off his heart after all. It is an extremely difficult and intrusive procedure, but if he did not have it he was sure to die. We made the choice to give it a shot. I will be paying for this choice for many months to come but I will Never regret the choice to try. His death will not go in vain. With Zen's help, it has become my personal mission to raise awareness in our community about this disease and help other families get their furry friends help. THANK YOU MAGGIE! ZEN GIVES YOU 2 PAWS UP! WOOF www.facebook.com/zenspeaks

  • Ann Smith posted at 12:31 pm on Sat, Sep 3, 2011.

    Ann Smith Posts: 23

    Chrissy has been a good friend of mine for over 10 years. Zen did help her through a very difficult time in her life and she and her family tried everything they could to save him. Zen has already helped some vets become more familiar with Valley Fever and will hopefully save lives in the future.
    Go to Zen Speaks on facebook for some beautiful and happy pictures of Zen and his family. Lots of those pictures were while Zen was sick but you could never tell, he was always smiling and playing.

  • Bob Kempf posted at 2:45 am on Sat, Sep 3, 2011.

    Bob Kempf Posts: 41

    I had no idea, thanks for the story. Maybe the loss of Zen will help others to not suffer the same fate.



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