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  • January 1, 2009

    Shelter Medicine: How Much Care is Enough?

    The explosion of new medical information and treatment options has created ethical quandaries for shelters: How much care is enough? What can the shelter afford to spend? Lila Miller offers her thoughts on making treatment decisions.

  • September 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: To Test or Not to Test

    Feline leukemia and feline immunodeficiency virus are the bad boys of the microbial kitty kingdom, but when is it in your shelter's best interest to test for these diseases? Here's a prescription shelters can use to inoculate the dilemma.

  • September 1, 2008

    Q & A: Keeping Feral Cats Healthy

    Dr. Gordon Stull of the Burlington County Feral Cat Initiative discusses the feline health benefits of TNR and the challenges feral cat colonies are facing today.

  • July 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: A Matter of Measurement

    The questions seem simple enough: How much space do you have in your shelter, and how much do you need? But Dr. Kate Hurley explores how the equation gets complicated by various factors.

  • July 1, 2008

    Knowing When to Nip it in the Buds

    A survey of scientific literature suggests the healthiest age to spay and neuter pets.

  • May 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Sick to Death

    Dr. Kate Hurley suggests shelter operators learn as much about crowding as they can in order to navigate its tricky intersection with animal welfare and shelter population management.

  • March 1, 2008

    Shelter Medicine: Defining ???Quality of Life??? Within Animal Shelters

    Concerned about the conditions she's seen at some shelters, veterinarian Lila Miller talks about how the "Five Freedoms" can serve as a guide for maintaining quality of life for shelter animals.

  • November 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: When Is a Virulent Calicivirus Really a Virulent Calicivirus?

    Shelters are seeing outbreaks of virulent systemic feline calicivirus ??? or are they? Dr. Kate Hurley explains the basics of diagnosing and controlling strains of FCV.

  • September 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: The Most Persistent Fungus Among Us

    Ringworm is one of the easiest zoonotic diseases to contract'and, in the shelter environment, one of the hardest to get rid of. Here's a primer on causes, symptoms, and effective controls.

  • July 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: Hands Down, Feet First, Clean Clothing Not Optional

    You may be vaccinating by the book, but dirty hands, feet, and clothing can negate all that hard work. Dr. Kate Hurley offers tips on how to clean up your act.

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