Do you live in Maricopa, Pima or Pinal counties, Arizona full or part-time?
If yes, then choose your group below. Rescued or foster dogs may also participate.
If you are a pet owner located outside Arizona and have a dog that has tested positive for Valley Fever, you may enroll in this study after July 15. Please check back for more information.
If you live in Arizona and are willing to drive to one of the participating clinics, you may register under Group 2.
Group 1: Dogs must have one of the symptoms and live full or part-time from the three counties.
Group 2: Dogs that have been diagnosed with Valley Fever. There are varying degrees of disease resolution. Even if the dog is off the medication and no longer sick they are eligible for Groups 2.c. and 2.d. The purpose of this is to monitor relapse rates. Please bring as much of the original Valley Fever diagnostic results as possible to your Study Vet.
Group 3: Healthy dogs living full or part-time in the 3 counties. If you have a healthy, symptom-free dog that is not on anti-fungal medication. Minimum 6 months of age.
Now you may sign up and become part of the study.
Step 2: Now You Can Purchase Your Labs
What is a blood panel and titer?
The blood panel consists of many of the measures that your veterinarian would normally request to verify the health of your dog such as globulins and white blood cells. The Cocci Screen and Titer determines if you dog has been exposed or infected by Valley Fever organism and is making antibodies to fight the organism.
What is a PCR test?
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) testing measures the DNA of the Valley Fever organism if it has infected your dog. It’s very sensitive, accurate and fast. There are two types of PCR available through this study. The first will be done at the Screening Visit on your dog's blood. This measures systemic infections.
The second type is for Specific Manifestations of the disease. Examples of Specific Manifestations are swollen joints, seizures, coughing and diarrhea to name a few. Your vet will be able to run tests to determine if the Cocci organism is present.
Special subsidized pricing for Study participants.
The Study vet will charge you for the exam and possibly the blood draw plus any other tests that might be necessary to diagnose your pet’s condition if you are in Group 1. All other Groups will be responsible for exam and possibly the blood draw fee plus any other services that the pet owner or vet wishes to use. The CVFP only provides discounted labs for Cocci Comprehensive and PCR testing.
The first combined test set of the Cocci Comprehensive and PCR is currently $95.00 (normal pricing is $165.00). Add-on PCR testing is $40.00 for Specific Manifestations of Valley Fever. Follow-up testing for the Cocci Comprehensive and all the bundled tests is $125.00.
Please do not confuse this with the cost of just a Cocci Screen and Titer. That is only one test.
WOW! We just received a generous donation! For a limited time only labs are only $95 at check-out. Normal $165.
These are the minimum tests that you will receive with your first visit. The charge for this set of tests is $95.00:
The Cocci Comprehensive bundle
Comprehensive Complete Blood Count
Thyroid - T4
Coccidioides Screen and Titer
PCR to determine a systemic presence of the fungal organism
In order to receive this special pricing you will be responsible for purchasing the labs on this website by clicking on the PURCHASE TESTS tab prior to setting first appointment. If an additional Add-on PCR test is requested you will also purchase it on this website in order to receive the discounted prices.
Step 3: Schedule with one of the listed CVFP Study veterinarians for a first visit, which is called the Screening Visit.
What is a Screening Visit?
This is the visit where the Study veterinarian will be examining your dog and obtaining the biologic samples for testing. The vet will determine if your dog is eligible for the study.
What is expected of owners who enroll their dogs in the Canine Valley Fever Project Study?
If the vet determines that your dog is eligible then you have the option to continue with the Study. We would like at least a year of participation if possible.
Your dog will be tested either every 3 months or every 6 months. You may stay in the Study until it is over, a potential of 3 years. You will need to fill out the Owner Questionnaire at each visit.
Step 4: Fill out an Owner Questionnaire
Once you have completed your Screening Visit, you will receive a log-in to the CVFP Software. We ask that you complete all of the information regarding your dog’s diet, supplementation, exercise program and medical history. This is vital information and crucial to the Study.
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?
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.