Rabies, salmonella, ringworm—these are all zoonotic diseases, which mean that they can jump from animals to people. Learn how to keep yourself, your staff, and your shelter safe.
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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.
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.
We talk to bird expert Eileen McCarthy about the troubles birds have in shelters and about ways to make sure our feathery friends find a comfortable roost when they visit.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that in 2004 and 2005, nine human cases of salmonella resulting from contact with beef- or seafood-derived pet treats were documented in Canada and Washington State.
The history of avian influenza is both frightening and fascinating. While the majority of the U.S. population is focused on the worst-case scenario'that the virus will mutate in a way that allows it to spread easily from human to human, causing a global pandemic'those involved in animal protection have reason for concern about even a milder outbreak.
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The shelter medicine program at the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine has a wealth of information on disease control, facility design, animal housing and many other topics.
Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control, 2011