April 27, 2012
Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are among the most common infectious diseases of cats. The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) has put together a set of guidelines on how to manage FeLV+ and FIV+ cats in a shelter setting.
September 1, 2011
What happens—or doesn’t happen—when an animal enters a shelter can affect an individual pet’s ultimate outcome, as well as impact the health of an entire shelter population.
July 1, 2011
For years, the standard approach to cat kennel cleaning has been to remove the cat and completely scrub down the cage. There's a simpler, quicker, less stressful way!
May 1, 2011
Our veterinary columnist answers some of your most frequently asked questions about cleaning and disinfection in the shelter environment.
March 1, 2011
This edition of Mouthpieces provides an amusing and effective reminder to your human visitors to clean their hands after visiting with each animal so that all of the animals in your care can stay healthy.
September 1, 2010
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.
March 1, 2010
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.
July 1, 2009
Upper respiratory infections in cats are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their kitties healthy and adoptable. Brenda Griffin, D.V.M., lays the groundwork for an approach to keep cats wheeze-free.
May 1, 2009
As public concern over the recent swine flu outbreak grows, get tips on how to handle inquiries from your community'and how to protect yourself and your staff.
January 1, 2009
A new manual helps shelters battle the common problem of infection control.