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  • May 1, 2012

    Shelter Medicine: Poison Control

    Cats are highly susceptible to toxic substances, a surprising number of which can be found in shelters and foster homes. Fortunately, a little education can help you protect the felines in your care.

  • May 1, 2012

    Kits & Pits

    Nebulization therapy is presented as a possible treatment for cats with URI, while canine play groups are touted as a great way to both socialize and exercise shelter dogs.

  • April 27, 2012

    American Association of Feline Practitioners - Feline Retrovirus Management

    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.

  • January 1, 2012

    Q & A: Million-Dollar Ideas

    The Michelson Prize and Grants program put up millions of dollars to inspire researchers to devise a nonsurgical alternative to conventional surgery. How do things look so far?

  • November 1, 2011

    Lives on the Line

    Every day, animal control officers face unpredictable situations with limited knowledge, stepping onto unknown turf where they may encounter a dangerous animal or -- more likely -- an angry member of the public. What can they do to protect themselves?

  • September 1, 2011

    The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: Taking Them In

    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

    Spot-Cleaning Cat Cages

    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

    The "101" Department: Feeling Insecure?

    Long treated as easy targets by criminals, these days shelters around the country are fighting back. They're rethinking security protocols, installing high-tech alarm systems, and training staff to make the protection of animals and property a top priority.

  • May 1, 2011

    Sanitation Sanity

    Our veterinary columnist answers some of your most frequently asked questions about cleaning and disinfection in the shelter environment.

  • March 1, 2011

    Q & A: Success in South Florida

    Veterinarian Sara Pizano faced daunting challenges when she took over as head of Miami-Dade Animal Services in 2005, such as no pain medications and a very high infectious disease and mortality rate. Within five years, she and her staff turned it around, winning major awards from the Florida Animal Control Association. How did she do it?

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