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Disease outbreaks are something every shelter will face at some point. The good news is that if you stay well informed and develop proper disease control protocols , you can keep your risk of outbreak to a minimum.

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  • Spore Wars

    Austin Pets Alive's, Brittany Dell'Aglio Mitchell conquers feline ringworm infections.

  • Closed for Safety

    Sometimes the safest response to an infectious disease outbreak is to temporarily close your shelter. It's a difficult decsion, and one with the potential to generate negative publicity. But shelter veterinarians must make it a priority to protect the health of the animals as well as the public, and being transparent about your actions will ultimately build trust. Learn how to cope with an outbreak-and it's aftermath.

  • Canine and Feline Parvovirus: What You Need to Know

    Separate fact from fiction regarding canine parvovirus and feline panleukopenia.

  • The ASV Guidelines in Real Life: Safe and Sound

    From slippery floors to rambunctious dogs and hazardous chemicals, animal shelters contain many potential dangers to the public. You can mitigate these with smart safety practices and tips from the Association of Shelter Veterinarians.

  • Medical SOPs: Lifesaving, Step by Step

    Getting basic shelter medicine SOPs in writing can help you prevent widespread problems while providing a consistent, transparent standard of care.

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Samples

  • Sample: AWA - Treatment Technician Manual

    An all-encompassing manual that includes information for shelter staff and foster volunteers.

  • HSUS Canine Distemper Basics

    Fact: Canine distemper is highly contagious, can be carried and transmitted by wild mammals -- and is easy to kill with proper sanitation. To get all the facts on distemper, download our factsheet to keep the basics at your fingertips.

  • HSUS Parvovirus Basics

    Fact: The canine parvovirus is difficult to kill, can live in the environment for months or even years, and is transmitted only through direct contact with bodily fluids. To get all the facts on parvo, download our factsheet to keep the basics at your fingertips.

  • Animal Welfare Association - Treatment and Isolation Area Protocols

    Use these sample isolation and treatment area protocols from the Animal Welfare Association in Voorhees, New Jersey to help you develop your shelter's own protocols.

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