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  • January 1, 2011

    Mouthpieces: Some Traditions Are Made to Be Broken

    This installment of Mouthpieces encourages pet owners to break the tradition of chaining their dog and bring their canine companion indoors.

  • January 1, 2011

    Shelter Medicine: The Kindest Cut of All

    Veterinary columnist Brenda Griffin addresses common questions and concerns about pediatric spay/neuter, as well as the immeasurable value it has in curtailing pet overpopulation.

  • January 1, 2011

    Q & A: Gold Standards—and Bare Minimums

    Nearly a decade in the making, the animal care guidelines developed for the sheltering field by the Association of Shelter Veterinarians will be released this spring.

  • November 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: Who's More Likely to Succeed?

    This installment of Mouthpieces is designed to help you encourage potential adopters to take a second look at your often overlooked black cats and dogs.

  • 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.

  • May 1, 2010

    Mouthpieces: What Would You Do if You Could Have 18 Children a Year?

    This installment of Mouthpieces features a poster that is part of the extensive campaign materials developed by The HSUS in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to increase spay/neuter rates in Louisiana and Mississippi.

  • 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

    Mouthpieces: Hey, You! Yeah, I'm Talking to You.

    In this issue, Mouthpieces uses a little humor to help you promote some of the smaller creatures you may have for adoption, such as hamsters, rabbits, ferrets, and mice.

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