Monthly Archives: October 2013

Treating Sarcoptic Mange in a Shelter Setting


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Sarcoptic mange, also known as scabies, is a skin condition caused by sarcoptic mange mite (Sarcoptes scabei) infestations. These white, oval-shaped, microscopic arachnids reside on and eat the skin of their animal host. Sarcoptic mange mites can infest humans and cats, but are more common and persistent on dogs. What is often called sarcoptic mange on cats is usually a similar condition with the same treatment protocols—notoedric mange—caused by a related mite, Notoedres cati. Transmission of Sarcoptic Mange Mites In […]

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Which Calicivirus is to Blame in a Shelter Outbreak?


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Differentiating between “regular” feline calicivirus (FCV) and virulent systemic feline calicivirus (VS-FCV) during an outbreak of disease in a shelter is not a straightforward endeavor. Typically, FCV causes some combination of *fever *sneezing *discharge from the eyes and nose *red and swollen eyes *drooling *ulcers in the mouth *loss of appetite *painful joints and limping VS-FCV can cause all of the above with the addition of: *swelling of the face or limbs *crusting, scabs, hair loss, and ulceration of the […]

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How to Get Started with Social Media


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If you spend any time online, especially on social media websites like Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, you’ve no doubt seen videos, photos, or posts about animal rights or animals in need. Social media is a powerful tool when it comes to marketing and increasing awareness of issues or causes. It’s made a huge difference in the success of animal rescues and shelters all around the country, from 11th-hour adoptions to raising rapid donations to prevent shelter closings or to fund […]

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