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Shelter medicine and wellness

Very often what we see as neglect from pet owners is actually the result of their inability to access veterinary services and other pet wellness resources. For example, there may be a free, local spay/neuter clinic but it’s on the other side of town and transportation is a problem. Or the $400 dental cleaning simply isn’t affordable. Identify what obstacles are preventing people in your community from providing wellness care for their pets and present ways to overcome them in order to make sure people can keep their pets happy, healthy and in their homes.

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  • Magazine Article

    Spot-cleaning cat cages

    If you have a particularly shy kitty, it’s helpful to provide her with a nice hiding space where she can retreat while you tidy up.

    These days, beating germs doesn’t always mean a bleach bath

    If you’ve ever had a pleasant dinner party interrupted by a cat who wanders in, plunks himself down, and begins performing the most intimate cleaning in full view of the table—feet lifted well beyond his head in a kind of obscene yoga, licking with the kind of focused attention usually reserved for advanced calculus—you know: The ways in which kitties clean can make us humans uncomfortable.

    Turns out, the feeling is mutual.

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  • Magazine Article

    Out of the shelter, into the field

    Medical personnel from FOUR PAWS International place a jugular catheter in an abandoned calf in Indonesia.

    Applying best practices to help animals in limited-resource environments

    Providing veterinary care in underresourced overseas locations is a daunting challenge—particularly after a natural disaster strikes. A new field guide helps practitioners provide humane treatment despite less-than-ideal facilities, equipment and medications.

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  • Magazine Article

    Where foster and hospice care meet

    Fospice programs allow sick or elderly animals to live out their final days with comfort and dignity in a loving home.

    Fospice programs help elderly, ill pets spend their final days surrounded by home comforts

    Christopher Frey's wife Liesl loved cats and often talked about her childhood pet, an all-black feline named Midnight. And so when Liesl, 44, was hospitalized with stage IV cancer last summer, Frey contacted the San Francisco SPCA to see if a volunteer could bring a cat to visit.

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