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This is a great idea and would rather have that done rather an accidental PTS and less pets in cages....

By Annemarie Boller on So, Can Your Staff Do This? - 3/25/2015 at 1:51pm

At Monadnock Humane Society, we host a monthly Paws to Read@MHS program.  ...

By Amee Abel on Tip of the Week: Super Power Preschool Hour - 3/23/2015 at 11:42am

This has been very informative. The shelter where I volunteer has their bed on one side with food and...

By martin kolodey on Talkin’ Poo - 3/17/2015 at 9:52pm

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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