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Vaccine study finds coughing increases with longer kennel stays

Vaccine study finds coughing increases with longer kennel stays

A recent placebo-controlled study of two bordetella vaccines’ effectiveness within the shelter setting (Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Vol. 62, 2004) found little difference between the cocktails, but the report did indicate that the strongest predictor for coughing in shelter dogs is the length of time animals spend in a facility.

Disease study finds shelters aren’t the root source of viruses—but certainly help them along

Cats don’t necessarily get feline calicivirus (FCV), feline herpesvirus (FHV), or feline enteric coronavirus (FECV) from their stay at an animal shelter, a recent study published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2004) found. But the shelter environment provides an ideal setting for animals already shedding these viruses to spread them.

 Read the full study summaries.

 

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