Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Recent FAQs

June 18, 2014
Our rescue partner is advising us to use only 1/2 a dose of the SQ FVRCP   vaccine for the 6 week old kittens (Splitting 1 vial between 2 kittens).  I   have found the recommendation AGAINST splitting dog vaccines in the 2011 AAHA  Canine Vaccination Guidelines, but can't find a reference against splitting   cat vaccines.  I am uncomfortable using only 1/2 a dose on the kittens   without a reference to back this up.  Cost is not a factor as we get our   vaccines very affordably through the Zoetis for shelters program (The cat   vaccine is just over $1 a dose).
April 21, 2014
 We’ve  had an out break of “non-responsive to treatment” feline diarrhea in ages 6mo and older cats. Our usual protocol after  fecal analysis: 1.       Metronidazole2.       Panacur3.       Albon Not necessarily in that order. We’ve also considered stress a factor an provide feline w/d dry.  We’ve had at least 4 cats at this point test positive for FeCoV with titers 400+.  How concerned should I be that non-responsive cats are FeCoV positive with titers 400+ and non-responsive. Am I missing something and how do we adopt these cats out to homes?  I’ve read your FeCoV hand out and found it to be helpful. Our main question is once we have ruled out panleuk, started our protocol offered w/d and there is still a score 7 diarrhea do we test for corona virus or not. We have not historically tested for this but with the recent FIP cat exposure we are finding it more often.  Your input is appreciated.
June 18, 2014
Our rescue partner is advising us to use only 1/2 a dose of the SQ FVRCP   vaccine for the 6 week old kittens (Splitting 1 vial between 2 kittens).  I   have found the...
April 21, 2014
 We’ve  had an out break of “non-responsive to treatment” feline diarrhea in ages 6mo and older cats. Our usual protocol after  fecal analysis: 1.      ...
January 29, 2014
 Could pool shock rather than bleach be used for cleaning?  The hope is that it could be less corrosive, still sanitize, save space in storage, and be less expensive once the correct ration...
January 29, 2014
Do you recommend using  Griseofulvin and Fluconazole to treat for ringworm and if so how long does the treatment period need to be. It is my understanding that a treatment period need to be at...
January 29, 2014
 We are in the position right now to be able to purchase this drug, and I know it is the one you recommend on your Ringworm info sheet. However, the research I have done has yielded a common...
January 29, 2014
We are looking for a way to conserve water as California is in a major drought. We currently power wash using Accel but use a ton of water. My ED was asking about cleaning with steam as this is how...
January 7, 2014
 I recently learned that some shelters test young kittens for FeLV only, and test older kittens (for example 4 months/4 pounds) & cats for FELV and FIV. This greatly reduces the number of...
October 31, 2013
With Doxycycline on back order our shelter is starting to look at using Minocycline.  None of our veterinarians are very familiar with this antibiotic and so we are wondering what dose we should...
October 30, 2013
 I have a question about controlling uri in our shelter. I just listened to Dr Katie Hurley in a webinar say that uri was normal and should not prevent cats from going onto the adoption floor....
October 9, 2013
We had already been using Accel for cleaning.  In our kennel and ISO areas we were alternating days between Accel and Bleach.  Your recommendation is to put all the bleach in the laundry...