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Upper respiratory infections are an ongoing challenge for shelter staff seeking to keep their animals healthy and adoptable. Find out how to help control them.

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  • Kits & Pits

    A shelter finds surprising success in promoting and adopting out cats with colds. In addition, the basic techniques and benefits of clicker training for dogs in shelters are presented.

  • 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.

  • Behavior Department: A Gentle Kind of Cat Care

    Researcher Nadine Gourkow developed a unique scale to assess emotional states in shelter cats and confirmed that mental stimulation and gentling techniques both improve cats’ emotional well-being and reduce the incidence of URI.

  • Value Added

    A veterinarian explains “social value,” and how to quantify the results of sheltering and animal welfare programs to public officials who make spending decisions, or to those outside the sheltering sphere.

  • Mouthpieces: Why Are the Kitties Sneezing?

    This installment of Mouthpieces provides information on the prevalance and relative innocence of upper respiratory infections in shelter cats, and encourages potential adopters to look past the sniffles when seeking their perfect feline companion.

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