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Brenda Griffin, D.V.M.

Dr. Griffin is a 1990 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. While a member of the faculty of the Scott Ritchey Research Center, Dr. Griffin co-founded the Alliance for Contraception in Cats and Dogs. She later served on the Association of Shelter Veterinarians’ Task Force to Advance Spay-Neuter, as well as the Shelter Standards Task Force. In 2000, she was named by the AVMA as the Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year.

She currently co-instructs courses in shelter medicine at both the University of Florida and the University of Georgia, and serves as the Regent for the new specialty in Shelter Medicine: ABVP- SMP.

Content by Brenda Griffin, D.V.M.

  • Magazine Article

    Identifying and treating mouths full of hurt

    Cats won't open up and say "ah" when they've got a toothache.

    Cats with dental problems may be suffering in silence

    It wasn’t that long ago that we failed to understand pain in our companion animals. You may recall veterinarians in the past saying things like, “Animals don’t feel pain like we do.”

    In fact, when I went to veterinary school in the late-1980s, we weren’t taught to provide pain relievers for animals after common procedures such as spay/neuter or dental work, including extraction of teeth. Typically, our patients received short-acting pain medicine in the hospital, and then were sent home to rest and recover.

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    Your building is a nightmare ...

    Is your shelter’s facility so old and creepy, it sometimes reminds you of a horror movie? You can still develop cleaning and disinfection protocols that will help you fight your own (microscopic) monsters.

    ... but your disease control doesn’t have to be

    In a facility with cracks, leaks and creaks all over, it can be hard to provide the best care for your animals and keep disease from spreading. But like the saying goes, if you can’t change something, change the way you think about it. So until you get that extreme shelter makeover, take other steps to curb disease. Learn how creative retrofitting and routine maintenance, clear cleaning and disinfecting protocols, and organized traffic flow can help keep the microbes from spreading—even in your leaky, creaky, cracking shelter.

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    Making the shelter a happier place for animals

    Appealing to animals’ five senses and giving them outlets to express their natural behaviors can make them happier and healthier.

    Practical tips on how to help the animals in your care feel good

    We all want the animals in our care to be as healthy and happy as possible. To accomplish this, we must attend to both their physical and emotional needs. We protect the animals’ physical health through routine vaccination, parasite control, proper nutrition, spay/neuter and other basic medical care. We create a healthy environment for them—one that is clean and well-maintained, not crowded, kept at a comfortable temperature and with good air quality.

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    Emotional rescue

    Emotionally healthy animals are content and resilient, and their positive energy can spread to the animals around them.

    Understanding why it’s crucial for animals in our care to feel good

    Health is not complete if only the body is sound. Being healthy means being sound in body, mind and spirit. When we are healthy, we feel good—physically and emotionally. In fact, many would argue that a mental ailment is often more debilitating than a physical one.

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    What's that bug in your ear, kitty?

    Recognizing and treating ear mites in cats

    If you’re around a lot of cats, you’ve probably seen it: Suddenly, one of them stops what she’s doing and begins violently scratching one of her ears with a hind foot, then shakes her head so hard that her ears flap, and then begins to scratch again.

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    A vaccination education

    Decoding the true risks and benefits of vaccines

    Vaccines have long been a mainstay of routine preventive health care for both people and animals. Their use has controlled and prevented widespread epidemics of numerous infectious diseases that otherwise would claim many human and animal lives each year. In the past few years, however, the safety of vaccination has been called into question. Vaccines have been blamed for the development of many chronic diseases, including cancer. Such claims have led medical professionals to study not only the potential benefits of vaccination, but also the possible risks.

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