We advance shelter medicine as a veterinary specialty through research, specialty training and education, and the performance of veterinary service in animal shelters.

We improve the quality of life of animals in shelters through improvements in veterinary preventive medicine and management of disease.


Feline Infectious Peritonitis/Feline Coronavirus (FIP/FCoV)

Feline infectious peritonitis (FIP) is a complex and inevitably fatal disease whose mode of transmission and infection is still not entirely understood. While outbreaks or increased rates of infections are rare, shelters should have a plan in place to monitor for elevated rates of disease and to respond appropriately. This information sheet provides a basic overview of this disease and presents some ideas to consider if you face increased FIP rates in your shelter.

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Canine: Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex (a.k.a. "Kennel Cough")

Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC) as its name suggests is a complex syndrome of diseases that are of significant concern in any multi-dog setting. The appropriate treatment and containment practices needed to address a CIRDC incident will vary considerably based on the specific agent or agents involved and in many cases identifying the agents involved is not possible; therefore a prevention strategy is the key to tackling CIRDC in a shelter setting.

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Cat Portals: Order Information and Instruction for Installation

Need a simple way to increase the mental health and decrease the incidence of disease of cats in your shelter? Installing portals between two existing cat cages is an inexpensive way to update your single cage cat housing to spiffy double compartment condos that will meet cat's needs in housing and help you save lives. Double compartment housing benefits cats by keeping food, bed and litter separate and allowing cleaning and daily care with minimum disruption. Combine these tips and some semi-skilled elbow grease with equipment begged, borrowed or bought, and you can transform your cat housing overnight. Order your portals today.

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