URI Protocol for Kitten Foster Programs
Upper respiratory infections (URI) are a common occurrence for any animal shelter or rescue group. For foster-based groups who handle kittens—and inevitably URI—it’s important to focus on timely, low-stress supportive care in order to move your kittens through your organization as efficiently as possible.
Download this kitten URI protocol, created and used by the ASPCA Los Angeles Kitten Foster Program, and customize it to your own foster program with oversight from your program veterinarian. Helpful information includes:
The five categories of URI, with photos and their recommended treatments
When to seek further input from a veterinarian
Disease transmission prevention tips
Foster family responsibilities
Have a question about this resource? Ask an ASPCA Shelter Medicine Expert.
Please note, these protocols were created for a foster-based program based in Los Angeles, California, whose population is primarily kittens over four weeks who eat well on their own. These protocols were created prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and changes have since been made to the program to accommodate current social distancing best practices. Consult your local regulations and program veterinarian for insight on how to customize this protocol to best fit your organization’s state regulations and specific circumstances.
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