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  • 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

    These Boots are Made for Protectin'

    When OSHA charged a New York shelter with violations, Executive Director Kathy Contino-Turner got a crash course in safety compliance.

  • 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.

  • April 30, 2007

    Online Extra - Form a Puppy Protection Brigade

    Does your shelter experience frequent cases or outbreaks of canine parvovirus? Do you receive large numbers of young puppies? Do you lack adequate facilities for quarantine? You are not alone. These conditions are common, particularly in southeastern shelters. If you are searching for some cost-effective protocols to decrease the number of parvo cases in your shelter, try what has worked at the Lee County Humane Society in Auburn, Alabama.

  • April 1, 2007

    Shelter Medicine: Controlling Parvo: Real-Life Scenarios

    Dr. Hurley shares real cases sent to her by shelters and rescue groups'and provides potential solutions for controlling the spread of the often deadly disease, parvo.

  • March 1, 2007

    Toying With Your Kitties

    Looking for a great toy that encourages potential adopters to interact with your cats without spreading germs? Jennifer Hatch, cattery manager at the Willamette Humane Society in Salem, Oregon, has come to the rescue.

  • November 1, 2006

    Book Review: Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching

    For those who've been following the news of outbreaks of bird flu as they get closer and closer to home, and for those who are blissfully ignorant of the looming specter of another global pandemic, this book provides an in-depth look at the history of avian viruses and of H5N1 in particular.

  • October 2, 2006

    Heartworm: Frequently Asked Questions

    Environmental changes are paving the way for the spread of heartworm, but veterinarians and scientists know more about the disease than ever before.

  • July 1, 2006

    Avian Flu: Making a Plan

    News about avian flu and other potential pandemic diseases have whole governments worried about what long-term absenteeism might do to businesses and to the global economy. But for workplaces like police departments, hospitals, and animal shelters, where people provide care and vital services to living creatures, finding answers to the questions is even more critical.

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