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Disease control

A disease outbreak serves as a wake-up call on the preventive measures every shelter can take to help decrease germ exposure and minimize disease spread. Animal Sheltering's resources include vaccination protocols, proper nutrition, cleaning and disinfection, staff hygiene, decreasing animal stress, isolation and separation and more.

  • Germinating solutions

    The basis of any healthy shelter environment is sanitation. A few upgrades to your practices can have a lifesaving effect for the animals in your care. Consider everything from the cleaning and disinfecting process to staff’s clothing to make sure that you’re achieving maximum cleanliness—and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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  • What the fomite?

    Would you be worried if I said you have fomites?

    Believe it or not, your skin cells, hair and clothing are fomites, and so is your cell phone and that pen you’re carrying around. A fomite is simply a nonliving object or material that can transmit infection.

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Most recent Tools and Resources > Disease control

  • Magazine Article

    Sanitation sanity

    Answering your cleaning and disinfection questions

    Recently, while teaching an online class covering infectious disease management in the shelter, I made a mistake: I assumed that the audience of shelter and veterinary professionals would want to know about things beyond cleaning and disinfecting! I quickly found out that, while the subject may seem basic, questions abound about new products, how to eliminate certain diseases, and how to clean effectively in shelter environments. I could not keep up with all the questions that came in!

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  • Magazine Article

    Shower me with love, not germs

    Animal Sheltering magazine Winter 2017-2018

    Download this Mouthpiece to encourage shelter visitors to sanitize their hands frequently to avoid spreading disease.

    People don't realize how easily disease can spread in a shelter environment. Download this Mouthpiece to encourage shelter visitors to wash their hands.

    Browse additional Mouthpieces designed to aid your community outreach. To submit a PSA your organization designed, contact us at

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  • Magazine Article

    Identifying and treating mouths full of hurt

    Cats won't open up and say "ah" when they've got a toothache.

    Cats with dental problems may be suffering in silence

    It wasn’t that long ago that we failed to understand pain in our companion animals. You may recall veterinarians in the past saying things like, “Animals don’t feel pain like we do.”

    In fact, when I went to veterinary school in the late-1980s, we weren’t taught to provide pain relievers for animals after common procedures such as spay/neuter or dental work, including extraction of teeth. Typically, our patients received short-acting pain medicine in the hospital, and then were sent home to rest and recover.

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