​Valley Fever


AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM PET PARTNERS ABOUT
THERAPY ANIMALS WITH VALLEY FEVER

Dear Volunteers,

Pet Partners has made an update to our policy regarding animals with Valley Fever and we wanted to reach out to those teams in Arizona where Valley Fever is common to make sure you have the most current information.

Based on consultation with our Veterinary Advisory Board and the University of Arizona’s Valley Fever Center for Excellence, our policy has been updated to permit registration of animals that are undergoing treatment with antifungals for Valley Fever, provided that the animal is in clinical remission from the disease. Should symptoms recur (including coughing, lethargy, lack of appetite, fever, or lesions), the team must suspend visits immediately until remission is attained.

Pet Partners believes strongly that animal welfare is best promoted when animals who do not feel well are allowed to rest and recover, rather than make therapy animal visits. Whether your animal is showing symptoms of Valley Fever or simply doesn’t feel up to visiting today, thank you for advocating for their well-being by keeping them home.

Should you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us. Thank you for your volunteer service with Pet Partners in your community!

Sincerely,

Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program​
petpartners.org


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