Please keep Hazel in your thoughts.

Hazel has recently become rather ill.

CAUTION: The following is offered by way of information reaching out to other loving dog owners. Please do not assume I have any specialist veterinarian knowledge and please do not take the following as a replacement for seeing your own vet.


Picture of Hazel taken in the last twenty-four hours.
Picture of Hazel taken in March, 2014.

The story of how this wonderful dog came into our lives was published over two years ago.

About three or four weeks ago we noticed that Hazel’s bark was changing, almost as though she had a sore throat. In every other way she continued being the happy, lively dog that she is.

Then very suddenly last Thursday she started sicking up white, foamy bile and went off her food. Hazel rapidly became lethargic and lacking any vigour. Last Friday we took Hazel to our local Lincoln Road Vet Clinic and she was seen by Dr. Russ Codd, DVM. He took xrays that showed that Hazel’s lungs were far from being as clear as they should be. Potentially, Dr. Codd said that we could be looking at one of three things:

  1. Some form of bronchial pnemonia,
  2. A fungal infection of the lungs,
  3. Cancer.

In view of the fact that Hazel hadn’t been coughing that ruled out 1.

Dr. Codd forwarded the xray pictures to a specialist. Later came the information that the spherules in her lungs, as seen on the xray pictures, were not as would be expected with a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Codd concluded that Hazel was indicating a fungal lung infection. Especially as this is commonly found in hot, drier parts of the USA and Mexico. Hazel was an ex-rescue from Mexico and for a couple of years we lived in Payson, Arizona.

The medical term for the disease is Coccidioidomycosis and I republish a little of what may be read over on the Pet MD website:

Coccidioidomycosis in Dogs

Mycosis is the medical term for any disorder caused by a fungus. Coccidioidomycosis comes from inhalation of a soil-borne fungus which normally affects the dog’s respiratory system. However, it is known (even likely) to spread out into other body systems.

The fungus spores begin in the lungs as round spherules, and live in a parasitic stage in the lungs until they grow large enough to rupture, releasing hundreds of endospores, which then begin a parasitic stage in the tissues, growing and rupturing, spreading out (disseminating) into the body perpetually. Endospores can also take a faster route through the body by way of the lymphatic and blood vessel systems, resulting in systemic infection — meaning the entire body will be affected. Coccidioidomycosis sets in from 7 to 20 days after exposure, though some dogs can develop immunity and never show any symptoms, especially younger dogs.

Dogs that are susceptible to the infection can become ill from only a small amount of the Coccidioides fungus, and fewer than 10 fungus spores are needed to cause the disorder. And though uncommon, Coccidioidomycosis is a deadly disease that originates mainly in the arid, hot regions of the western and southwestern regions of the U.S., and in several Central and South American countries. Coccidioidomycosis affects many different types of mammals, but tends to occur more commonly in dogs than cats. This infection is also known as valley fever, California fever, Cocci, and desert fever.

The condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats. If you would like to learn more about how this disease affects cats, please visit this page in the PetMD health library.

Dr. Codd recommended getting Hazel on a course of antibiotics with Fluconazole being his first choice. That commenced on Friday afternoon.

Early today (Monday) Dr. Codd will be seeking to narrow down the diagnosis with further analysis of Hazel’s blood being undertaken because while he was confident that it is a fungal infection he wanted to confirm precisely the nature of the infection.

I will publish more information as it comes to hand and close with these photographs taken yesterday afternoon.

Hazel taking a very slow walk outside.
Hazel taking a very slow walk outside.


But most of the time she just wanted to be left on her own in our bedroom.
But most of the time she just wanted to be left on her own in our bedroom.

We are holding Hazel very close to our hearts just now.

29 thoughts on “Please keep Hazel in your thoughts.

  1. UPDATE ON HAZEL at 08:40

    Because Hazel has now been off her food for twenty-four hours, Dr. Russ thinks it would be best if Hazel was taken over to the clinic and put on an anti-fungal/anti-vomiting IV drip. We will be going across to the clinic within the next half-hour. Further information as and when we have it.

    Everyone’s concern and love is valuable beyond words. Thank you all.


  2. UPDATE ON HAZEL at 11:20

    Just returned from the clinic and after further tests it’s more complicated than first realised. But the good news is that there is a much clearer treatment route. Dr. Codd at the Clinic was very helpful and supportive. I intend to update all you dear people with a further post tomorrow. And Hazel came back with us! 🙂

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  3. I am so sorry to read about your beautiful Hazel. I will say prayers for her. Do not give up hope. Stay positive so that she can feel healing thoughts and vibes. I think you live in Oregon were you can obtain some Hemp oil from some of the vets in that state. It is legal since it is grown and derived with only a trace of marijuana. Please ask a about it and try to get some. It will stimulate her appetite and give her a bit of energy. It also seems to have an effect on the immune system. I have been giving it to one of my dogs for arthritic pain and to 2 cats with lymphoma. It keeps them eating since the chemo med diminishes the appetite. Both cats have been on hemp oil since last October. After a few days they were alert and eating with a good appetite. I continue to give it most days. The dog or cat does not need blood work (labs) to monitor the effects of the hemp. Of course Hazel will require blood work for her illness and to monitor the effects of the antifungal she is taking.

    I will briefly mention my cat Nellie’s fungal disease- histoplasmosis and I gave her itraconazole for 10 months. I gave her B12 shots and sub cu fluids to keep her going. She was 15 years old at the time she was diagnosed. All my cats are indoor and I have yet to figure out how she acquired the fungus. I think it was probably from a window AC unit- I live in an old house. I now make sure to have some one clean the AC units each year before I turn them on. Just as I was finishing her itraconazole regimen she began losing weight and in mid October of 2015 she was diagnosed at Central Texas Veterinary Hospital (Austin,TX) with lymphoma, one week after another favorite cat was diagnosed with lymphoma Bottom line is that I am fortunate to be on the receiving end of a vet that is progressive and knows her stuff. I got the hemp oil and Nellie gained one pound. (She is a small cat). The other cat has gained 2.6 pounds on the hemp oil. I dose them with a dropper. The hemp oil makes a huge difference in their appetite and energy level. Nellie will be 17 years old in May and Beasley the other cat with lymphoma will be 15 years old in August.

    I wish you much luck and do not throw in the towel on Hazel. She can recover if you have some smart vets treating her. Read all you can. Below is just one web site that I have included. Be your own advocate. It makes a huge difference too be informed and to keep the vets on their toes. Ask lots of questions, Don’t worry about what the vet/s think if you ask questions. Explore all avenues.

    If need be, I think my connection can most likely tell me/you how to obtain the hemp oil. I get mine in the mail.

    Best regards, Yvonne


  4. I forgot to add that you can obtain the antifungal med from a pharmacy in Winnipeg, Canada at a very reasonable cost. Initially it takes about 2-4 weeks to get the med shipped to you. But you will already have your beginning supply form your vet.The vet at Central Texas Vet Clinic ( a specialist in internal medicine) called or faxed the script to the pharmacy for me each time it needed to be renewed. My cat never missed a dose because the vet stayed ahead of the game. The pharmacy will also call you ahead of time. You can call Planet Direct for pricing.

    Planet Drugs Direct Pharmacy. (this pharmacy does not compound)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Phone 888-791-3784

    One other tip: If Hazel should need the med changed to something that she would take more readily, just about any med can be compounded to a flavored liquid or suspension.
    I get the chemo med for my cats from Diamondback Pharmacy. I feel the med is a reasonable price

    Diamondback Pharmacy
    7631 E. Indian School Road
    Scottsdale. Arizona 85251

    Phone: 480-946-2233 Toll free- 866-646-2223


  5. PP&L, we are truly indebted to the concern expressed in your wonderful replies above. Hang on until you read tomorrow’s post that I am just about to write up. Nevertheless, a huge thank you for your information. Hope others are reading the details as well!


  6. Happy to hear it was Not cancer. Paul, hopefully you’ll put dear Hazel (my maternal grandmother’s name!) on a course of PRObiotics, once the anti’s are done. Otherwise her ability to absorb nutrients might (probably will) be compromised. Any good health food store probiotic in the fridge in capsule form that can be sprinkled on her food would be fabulous. Hoping for her speedy recovery! ❤


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