URI in Shelter Cats: It's Snot Inevitable!

Dr. Ann Enright and Dr. Cynthia KarstenOctober 2017

Recent research shows that upper respiratory infections in cats need not be as frequent as we once thought. Learn More


Kitten season and canine flu: How to keep the summertime blues away from your animal shelter

June 6, 2017

Summertime, and the shelter is crowded. That means it’s the season to prevent disease by helping keep pets from entering the shelter at all! Right now, there’s a confirmed outbreak of the highly contagious H3N2 strain of canine influenza virus (CIV) in Florida, Georgia and six other states, which is combining with kitten season to… Learn More


Upper Respiratory Infection in Kittens and Cats

April 2017

Are you a foster caregiver of cats or kittens? Then there is a high chance that you might encounter upper respiratory infection in one or more of your fostered felines. Learn how to recognize the illness, and what to do about it. Learn More


Kennel cough can kill pet store puppies

April 25, 2017

Add to the list of reasons to give to your family and friends on why they shouldn’t buy a pet store puppy: They can be particularly likely to develop severe or even fatal pneumonia if they contract kennel cough. Kennel cough is not a specific disease, but rather a complex of respiratory diseases affecting dogs,… Learn More


Treating Upper Respiratory Disease in Shelter and Rescue Cats

Dr. Mary MarcotteApril 2017

Upper respiratory disease in shelters and rescues is a major medical problem seen in cats. Learn easy, simple ways to prevent and treat URI in cats. Learn More


Shelter medicine changes everything for influenza cats in New York City – and beyond

March 21, 2017

When hundreds of cats in the New York City Animal Care and Control shelters tested positive for avian influenza last year, everyone involved set their only goal — saving the cats’ lives. That was a goal they reached, thanks to shelter medicine and the power of collaboration. “The NYACC did not want to euthanize a… Learn More


Treating feline herpes: Getting it right

December 27, 2016

Feline herpesvirus is probably one of the most common causes of feline respiratory disease. How can animal shelters and rescue groups best treat it? In a recent study published in the August 2016 issue of American Journal of Veterinary Research, authors looked at the anti-viral drug famciclovir. Because of unique characteristics of the drug itself,… Learn More


Study: What’s on a shelter cat’s mind can can prevent disease

September 20, 2016

Why do shelter cats so frequently get sick or suffer behaviorally? Because they’re essentially being held in a form of captivity, usually one originally designed for an entirely different species, the dog. There are many medical and housing interventions that can reduce the stress of captivity for cats, and they are indeed associated with a… Learn More


How long do dogs with canine influenza have to be isolated?

July 26, 2016

Animal shelters have been among the places hardest-hit with infections of the H3N2 canine influenza virus since it made its first U.S. appearance in dogs from a Chicago animal shelter. Understanding how to prevent the spread of this respiratory disease is critical to protecting dogs in shelters and the community. One key to preventing transmission… Learn More


What animal shelters need to know about the new canine influenza

April 5, 2016

There’s a new cause of canine respiratory disease in town, and it’s something animal shelters need to sit up and take notice of. As if the original canine influenza, first identified in 2004 and dubbed H3N8, wasn’t bad enough, the new virus — N3N2 — presents special challenges both to owned pets and to dogs… Learn More


Cats can get canine influenza – should cat owners be afraid?

April 1, 2016

Yesterday’s news out of the University of Wisconsin that cats can become ill with the canine influenza virus has some cat owners worried. While there’s still far more unknown than known about this risk, there’s no evidence that anyone needs to panic about their pet cats. UW experts report that the four cats known to… Learn More


New canine influenza virus can infect, sicken cats

March 31, 2016

Disturbing news was just released by the Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine indicating cats as well as dogs can become ill from a new strain of canine influenza virus (CIV), H3N2: [Dr. Sandra] Newbury, in collaboration with Virology Section Head at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, Kathy Toohey-Kurth,… Learn More


Toys and TLC in animal shelters: Looking beyond adoption rates

March 15, 2016

What if playing and interacting with shelter pets didn’t help them get adopted more easily? Would that be a reason to stop? Absolutely not, and here’s why. A number of studies in recent years have looked at the impact of toys, play, grooming and human interaction on pets in shelters. Some have shown those interventions… Learn More


TLC from humans staves off respiratory infections in shelter cats

September 23, 2015

Cats who receive positive attention from human caretakers while in animal shelters exhibit fewer signs of stress and a lower incidence of upper respiratory disease than cats who don’t. These results, reported in the October 2015 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Preventive Veterinary Medicine, are consistent with the authors’ earlier study on petting shelter cats,… Learn More


When it's More Than URI: Pneumonia in the Shelter

Elizabeth Berliner, DVM, DABVPOctober 2015

Learn how to recognize and diagnose pneumonia, the underlying pathogenesis and pathology, and the treatment options. Learn More


Sniffles and Snots: Prevention and Management of Feline Upper Respiratory Disease in the Animal Shelter

Jodi Boyd, DVM October 2015

Learn best practices in preventing upper respiratory disease, with new approaches for managing and monitoring cats in shelter environments which put the LVT at the center of animal health management. Learn More


Medical Treatment for Dogs on a Shoestring Budget

Alexis Bardzinski, DVM, and Jordana EstradaFebruary 2015

Since Austin Pets Alive! takes almost any animal from the open intake city shelter, regardless of medical issue, we see many diseases in dogs.  We will talk through the worst one, Distemper, as well as others like broken bones, mange, upper respiratory infections, orthopedic issues and much more. Learn More


Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD)

Stephanie Janeczko, DVM, MS, DABVP, CAWAJuly 2014

Infectious respiratory disease can be a significant challenge affecting the health of dogs in a shelter setting. This presentation provides an overview of the disease complex, discusses causative agents and diagnosis and treatment. Management and preventive strategies are emphasized. Learn More


Respiratory Infections in Shelters: Beyond Kennel Cough

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

Assuming a cough is kennel cough just might cause you to miss an important diagnosis. Learn More


How, When and Who to Test for Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDOctober 2013

How, when and who to test for canine respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), also known as kennel cough. Learn More


Fixing the Feline Housing Crisis: How Shelter Housing Can Make Cats Sick - And What You Can Do About It

Sandra Newbury, DVMOctober 2012

Cats are extremely sensitive to noise, crowding, and stress - three things that are in abundant supply in many animal shelters. These adverse conditions often lead to illness in sheltered cats, particularly the most common of all feline shelter diseases, upper respiratory infection (URI). Learn More


Knocking the Snot Out of Feline URI: Saving Shelter Cats' Lives with Treatment and Prevention

Kate F. Hurley, DVM, MPVMSeptember 2012

Feline upper respiratory infections are killers. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians list it as the number one health issue in shelters, where stress and close quarters provide the perfect conditions for both exposure and illness. Can shelters really beat URI? Can outbreaks be prevented, or once started, stopped? Learn More