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  • September 1, 2010

    Shelter Medicine: Canine Distemper Virus: Anatomy of an Outbreak

    Canine distemper virus can easily enter a shelter, is tricky to diagnose, and may wreak havoc on a shelter's dog population. A veterinarian and a shelter official discuss the policies and procedures that helped a shelter in West Kennebunk, Maine, cope with an outbreak.

  • September 1, 2010

    The Purebred Paradox

    The quest to create the "perfect" dog may be contributing to a genetic health crisis among purebreds. A lack of genetic testing, mating of closely related animals, and breed standards that encourage extreme features over health have been blamed for a host of health problems facing scores of breeds today.

  • July 1, 2010

    Spay it Ain't So

    Study on ovary retention and longevity shouldn't affect shelter spaying practices.

  • July 1, 2010

    All Roads Lead to Home

    In Mississippi, a transport program administered by veterinary students is saving lives.

  • March 1, 2010

    The Right Way to Transport

    In order to help groups around the country achieve more uniform standards, the National Federation of Humane Societies (NFHS) recently released protocols that explore the best practices for animal transfer programs.

  • March 1, 2010

    Canine Influenza Virus: Fact or Fiction?

    Canine influenza virus, which first grabbed headlines in 2004, is back in the spotlight, thanks in part to the release of the first canine influenza vaccine. How concerned should shelters be? What preventive approaches should they take? Miranda Spindel, the ASPCA's director of veterinary outreach, helps separate fact from fiction.

  • March 1, 2010

    The Soft Touch

    Molding "hard" dogs into "soft" dogs may be easier than you think'and it also saves lives.

  • November 1, 2009

    People Power: A Plane Solution

    A raid in March 2009 rescued more than 300 dogs from the misery of a puppy mill in Arkansas, setting them on the road to new lives. But not all of them got on the road. Some took to the air, thanks to a retired pilot from Colorado.

  • November 1, 2009

    Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

  • September 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: For the Long Haul

    All shelters, regardless of the length of time they're able to hold animals, should strive for high-quality care. But it's doubly important in facilities where animals will be held for weeks or even months. Veterinarian Lila Miller outlines steps to keep longtimers healthy and happy.

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