Why do I have to use a Study veterinarian?
These vets have all agreed to act as Scientific Investigators for this Study. They are specially trained on the Study computer software and will be recording crucial data such as your dog’s symptoms and medications. They will also track any type of adverse event that might occur. They have all of the necessary supplies for testing in their clinic. You may still get a second opinion with your regular veterinarian or see if your vet wants to join the Study.
What do I need to do to prepare my dog for the Screening Visit?
- We recommend you schedule a morning visit. Please try to fast your pet for at least 12 hours prior to the blood draw. Do not give any dietary supplements.
- If your dog is on prescription medication that requires food then do give a small meal first thing in the morning with the medication and wait at least 6 hours before the blood draw.
- If your dog is on thyroid medication then do the blood draw 6 hours after administration.
- If your vet has asked for urine or fecal matter please make sure you get a sterile container from the clinic for the urine and get it the first time they go in the morning. Collect fecal matter in a clean zip-lock bag.
What are the Benefits of this Study?
One of the primary goals of this Study is to catch Valley Fever at the earliest stages. It’s also designed to be fast, inexpensive, and efficient. Early detection of Valley Fever could prevent dissemination that can be deadly. The Study vets will be working on providing the best standard-of-care possible.
Is my information confidential?
Your data is confidential. Your veterinarian will receive the test results with your dog’s name and will have all of your contact information as is normally done. The dog will be listed in the database by name and site code identifier. None of your private information will be listed in the database.
What are the Risks?
Misdiagnosis is always a grave risk with Valley Fever. Titers may be negative in very sick dogs. Valley Fever is frequently mistaken for cancer. Blood draws are sometimes difficult and there might be bruising where the needles are inserted. There is no compensation available in the unlikely event of physical harm or misdiagnosis.
How will the Results be shared?
Important and relevant information from the Study will be shared with you through updates at the Canine Valley Fever Project website. Results from the Study will be published in scientific journals. Dogs that are positive for Valley Fever will constitute a registry that will provide valuable case studies for future veterinarian use.
Do I have the Right to Withdraw?
After the Screening Visit if you do not wish to participate simply let your Study Vet know. If you do decide to continue with the Study and have to withdraw later on that is also acceptable. Please just notify the Study Vet.