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Welfare of Cats 5 to 29 Months After Perineal Urethrostomy
Cats undergoing PU do well in the home after surgery, showing long-term outcomes are good and earlier surgical intervention may be the best approach.
Shelter Medicine Academic Consortium Updates Quarantine Guidelines for the and Sheltering of Animals Exposed to SARS-CoV-2 (virus that causes COVID-19)
Read newly updated guidelines for animal shelters during the COVID-19 pandemic released by AVMA, CDC and university shelter medicine programs.
Give Foot Baths The Boot
Foot baths may seem like a good idea, but this resource explains why they can often cause more problems than they solve -- and what to do instead.
Two-Page Guide on Shelter Infection Control
This guide on shelter infection control explains how disease is spread, who will get sick, and the best steps to keep your population healthy.
Animal Appetite Monitoring Form
This form can help shelter staff monitor the appetites of individual animals.
Comprehensive Reference Book: Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff
This must-have shelter medicine resource includes information on management, animal husbandry, veterinary care, disease prevention and behavior.
Frequently Asked Vaccination 101 Questions
Here are the answers from our shelter medicine veterinarians to common questions about vaccination.
FAQ: Must We Vaccinate All Foster Animals?
ASPCA Shelter Medicine Services veterinarians explain why vaccinating foster puppies and kittens is crucial.
Diagnosing and Treating Parvovirus in the Shelter
Canine parvovirus is diagnosed by an evaluation of the animal's symptoms and clinical laboratory tests. Learn to diagnose and treat this serious illness.