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Love it. I have 3 of our shelters "bad dogs" and wouldn't have it any other way. Thank goodness we have a...

By Patrica on When Bad Is Good - 10/23/2014 at 7:19am

Love it! But what about the big dogs that are like that? They'd never advertise a mastiff with issues...

By Jen :( on When Bad Is Good - 10/23/2014 at 6:45am

Hi Kathy, Hope all is going well. Miss working with you, All good here...Gordy 

By Gordon Maker on Getting to Know Dr. Kathleen Makolinski - 10/20/2014 at 10:01am

Tip of the Week: A Scooper’s Guide to Poop

Nope – we’re not kidding! Good nutrition is a basic component of wellness care in the shelter. One part of monitoring nutritional adequacy and general health is, well, kind of crappy…but a key part of shelter work. Abnormal stool is always a signal to check for disease, parasites or other health concerns. Sometimes diarrhea can indicate highly infectious conditions like canine parvovirus. Rapid diagnosis can allow steps to be put into place to save other animals’ lives. Use of handy fecal scoring systems can help standardize when certain tests will be performed in the shelter. Are you keeping score?

Number two on your list this week? Share this tip with your colleagues. And let us know how you’re keeping score of poop in your shelter.

You can request a fecal scoring chart like this one by calling the Purina Veterinary Resource Center (you don’t need to be a vet to get one) at 1-800-879-1266.

Related links:
Webinar recording: The Five Freedoms and Shelter Wellness
“Tip of the Week: Rinse and Repeat”
Shelter Medicine on ASPCApro.org: Resources and Related Links

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