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Will's Story

Will came to our clinic for medical services in June 2020 because his urine had turned dark, and he had quit eating and drinking. Our shelter vet diagnosed Will with bladder stones, known as uroliths or cystic calculi, which are rock-like formations of minerals in the urinary bladder. In dogs, bladder stones are more common than kidney stones. For Will to regain his health, our veterinarian recommended surgery to remove the stones. The cost of this operation with a specialist is roughly $3,400.   

Shelter Diversion Programs

Shelter diversion through pet retention and rehoming.

We have a great facility, and we work hard to provide the best possible care for the animals who come to us, but a shelter is still a stressful place for any animal. There is a shift in the animal welfare industry to divert animals from entering the shelter system when possible, thereby reserving the space and resources for the animals who need them most.

Foxtail Grass Dangers

So far this season, we've been hearing increasing reports of people having to take their dogs to the veterinarian because of foxtail grass being embedded in their paws, ears, or even their nostrils or groin.
The grass seed awn of foxtail grass won't dissolve, and it causes pain and infection. It's barbed, so it will keep traveling through tissue one direction, and it can actually be fatal depending on where it ends up. It needs to be removed surgically.

What Should I Do If I Find a Stray Animal?

Please note: Utah Humane Society cannot accept stray animals. 
In Salt Lake County and most other counties and municipalities of Utah, it is illegal to harbor a stray animal. When individuals lose their companion animals, they tend to look at their jurisdiction’s municipal shelter. If you harbor the animal in your home instead of bringing the animal to the municipal shelter, you are depriving the rightful owner of reuniting with their companion animal. Do the right thing by informing animal services of the found animal immediately.

How to Help with Barking

Barking is an important method of communication for dogs but this can be an issue if the barking is persistent or excessive. Below are some ideas to address this common issue.  

What to Do 

  • Identify when, where, and why the dog is barking. If you know what triggers the barking, you can come up with a plan to reduce or prevent it. For example, if your dog is barking at other dogs passing by the front window, you can block her access to the window or apply window film that will obscure her view. 

How To Rehome Your Pet

Finding a new home for your pet will likely take time, patience, and effort. However, it will be significantly less stressful for the pet to stay out of the unfamiliar surroundings of the shelter, where anxiety and fear are natural reactions that make adoption more challenging. No one knows your pet better than you, and best of all, you will be able to choose your pet’s new home.

Getting the Word Out