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Shelter Medicine: How Much Care is Enough?

Strapped for cash at the best of times, shelters must consider the big picture when it comes to vet care

Strapped for cash at the best of times, shelters must consider the big picture when it comes to vet care

Relief of pain and suffering must be a top priority for any animal who’s held and considered for placement. PETER GARBET/
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Selecting a topic to discuss in this column wasn’t easy. There are so many veterinary issues confronting shelters right now! Was it time to review the veterinary literature for the latest information on parvo 2c or Strep zooepidemicus, the latest threats to shelter animal health? Or perhaps for a column about the importance of strict sanitation to prevent disease outbreaks?

Ultimately, I decided to go in another direction. Although these subjects are important, shelter medicine is about more than just science. Currently, the veterinary profession is experiencing an explosion of information and research that is creating opportunities to improve the health and well-being of animals in ways never dreamt of until recently. This is not just about advances in genetics, surgical procedures, or expensive technological breakthroughs. There are more options than ever before: vaccines against dental tartar and decay, diets that include special additives to promote good gastrointestinal health or combat arthritis, and a host of other possibilities that promise to help animals live longer and healthier lives.

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