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  • How shelter communications can turn a parvo outbreak from crisis to positive outcome
    Does an outbreak of parvovirus need to be a crisis in your shelter? No, said Dr. Lesli Groshong, Chief Shelter Veterinarian for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley, at the 2012 Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Conference at University of Florida. As a shelter that accepts large transfers of puppies from high risk... Read more »
  • Making change for Australian shelter animals, thanks to UF online shelter medicine course
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    The transformation being made for animals by the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at UF is a global one, and there are few better examples than the changes accomplished by Australian alum Ann Enright, BVMS, MRCVS. Enright was working in a cat shelter in Australia when she went the to the International... Read more »
  • Dr. Marty Becker: Why Fear Free animal shelters aren’t just possible, they’re inevitable
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    The Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida will be giving away one Fear Free training and certification each day at our booth, #905, at Animal Care Expo in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, May 8-12, 2017, chosen among attendees who stop by our booth and enter during Exhibit Hall... Read more »
  • Is there a single-dose, less expensive drug to treat giardiasis in shelter dogs and cats?
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    Treating the protozoan disease caused by giardia infection is a nightmare for shelters. Treatment continues for several days, and is very difficult for staff to administer. The drugs are foul-tasting, and one of them, metronidazole, has numerous side effects and a narrow margin of safety. So, asked Dr. Cynda Crawford at... Read more »
  • Are we getting our cats’ temperatures all wrong?
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    Is your cat’s temperature really normal? Maybe not. While the range of healthy feline temperatures considered normal is considered to be between 100.0 and 102.5⁰F, there’s little evidence supporting that range. In a recent study, UF Shelter Medicine Program researchers led by Dr. Julie Levy checked temperatures on 200 healthy adult... Read more »

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