When we first told people that we were going to spend the Winter in Arizona, we got lots of dire warnings about there being something in the soil that could make a person ill and even kill them! We were told there wasn't a cure! Nobody seemed to know what it was, but had a healthy fear of it! We were concerned, but figured it couldn't be all that bad if there weren't reports in the news of large numbers of people in Arizona getting sick and dying from the mystery illness. We just recently learned that the thing to be concerned about in the soil is a fungus and that it gets carried through the air on windy days. It is not only a concern in Arizona, but in all the southwestern states and Utah. In Arizona it is referred to as Valley Fever and in southern California it is referred to as San Joaquin Valley Fever. Because of it's flu like symptoms and the ache it can create, it is sometimes referred to as Desert Rheumatism. It can affect humans, as well as, other animals. Get the facts at this link: Scary Air . Org
We later discovered this wonderful anti-fungal lotion at a vet's office. It is available without a prescription and can be ordered online. It seems to be very soothing, as well as, very healing! Our cat, Odie, goes outside. Although he didn't develop welts on his skin, he did lick his fur on his belly to such excess as to lick the fur off and create lick sores. This lotion seemed to stop the itch and desire to lick. It can be distributed through the wet fur following a bath or put on the dog or cat's dry fur, as needed to reduce the desire to lick. The animals are well now, but have recently developed some mysterious shaking of their ears. I've begun suspecting fungal involvement and again went to the internet for answers. I found this great resource: Anti-fungal Ear Treatment. We have learned to stay out of the wind and limit the pets contact with the soil. We hope this helps keep you and your pets healthy!