It is not the intent of the Humane Society of Utah to adopt out an animal with any illness or unknown pre-existing condition. If the adopted animal shows any signs or symptoms of illness within ten (10) days after adoption, return the animal to be seen by a Humane Society of Utah veterinarian to our Adoption Center (not our Clinic). If the animal is taken to a private veterinarian, the Humane Society of Utah will not reimburse any expenses. Read the additional information below.
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Please be aware that some diseases may be present in the community at any time, and animals that are harboring these diseases may be admitted to the shelter. Some diseases do not manifest signs or symptoms for up to ten (10) days after exposure, and some pre-existing conditions are not tested for before adoption. If you notice signs or symptoms of illness within ten days after adoption, return to see one of our Humane Society of Utah veterinarians during designated hours in the Adoption Center (not the Clinic). Our staff veterinarian will offer care at no additional cost for a treatable illness believed to have been contracted at the shelter. If a condition cannot be treated at the Humane Society of Utah, you may return the animal for a full refund of the adoption fee or take it to a private veterinarian at your expense. The Humane Society of Utah is not responsible for illnesses or injuries beyond our control that arise after adoption.
The most common disease that does not show symptoms in the early stages is parvovirus, which can be fatal if not treated as soon as symptoms are noticed. If you suspect that the dog you have adopted from the Humane Society of Utah may have parvovirus within ten days after adoption, notify the Humane Society of Utah immediately and return to see one of our staff veterinarians during available hours in the Adoption Center (not the Clinic) as soon as possible, or take the animal to a private veterinarian to be treated at your expense. The following are symptoms of parvovirus:
* Severe, bloody diarrhea * Lethargy * Vomiting * Sluggish Appetite * High Fever *Severe weight loss
Canine infectious tracheobronchitis, or kennel cough, is another common disease in dogs. The infection can spread rapidly in a shelter environment. The Humane Society of Utah screens animals before adoption, however, it is difficult to eradicate kennel cough, and symptoms may not appear for up to ten days after exposure. Symptoms of kennel cough may include:
* Persistent, nonproductive cough * Runny Nose * Sneezing *Eye discharge
Feline Panleukopenia virus (FPV), also commonly referred to as feline distemper, is a highly contagious and life-threatening viral disease in the cat population. Kittens are especially susceptible to feline distemper because their immune systems are often underdeveloped and cannot fight off the infection. Symptoms of feline distemper usually appear within ten days after exposure to the virus and may include:
*High Fever * Lethargy * Loss of appetite * Vomiting *Diarrhea/bloody diarrhea *Abdominal pain
There are several conditions which may cause a cat to sneeze. Sneezing that lasts more than two days is probably due to a viral upper respiratory infection (URI) of the nose, throat, trachea, and eyes. If left untreated, secondary infections may occur resulting in malnutrition, dehydration, and possibly death. Symptoms of URI include:
* Sneezing * Runny or stuffy nose * Coughing *Nasal discharge *Eye discharge *Decrease in appetite