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Why are some shelters no longer testing all cats for FeLV and FIV?

Shelters have felt a responsibility for many years to test all cats for retroviruses (Feline Leukemia Virus and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus) prior to adoption. The hope was that testing could ensure shelters were placing healthy cats up for adoption and also that the viruses might be eradicated through shelter testing efforts. However, increased information about the tests and the diseases has led to the shelter medicine community making recommendations for shelters to discontinue routinely testing all cats for FeLV and FIV. Dr. Schumacher delves into the many reasons behind this change.

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Should my shelter be vaccinating dogs for Canine Influenza (CIV)?

Dr. Dines discusses the considerations for use of influenza vaccination in a shelter setting

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When using accelerated hydrogen peroxide (Rescue) for sanitation does it need to be rinsed?

Many shelters are now using accelerated hydrogen peroxide (Rescue) for sanitation for several reasons, including its ability to function as both detergent and disinfectant, its broad spectrum of activity and more. Another benefit is the fact that it does not require rinsing. Dr. Karsten discusses why it is actually preferable NOT to rinse when using accelerated hydrogen peroxide.

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