Infectious Disease Management in Animal Shelters
Lila Miller, DVM; Kate Hurley, DVM, MPVM

VSPN Review by Elizabeth Warren, RVT Star
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I have been waffling a bit on my rating for this book—my first thought was to give it four stars because it is an excellent resource from cover to cover, but may have limited value to the non-shelter-affiliated reader. But as I read through each chapter, I realized that anyone who works with dogs and cats in any capacity—certainly in any facility where dogs and cats may be housed—can benefit from the information provided in this book, so I’m going with five stars. This is a book that can help you better understand the fundamental nature of wellness and disease (and how to support the former and prevent or control the latter). I’ve placed it on my “essentials” bookshelf.

Of course, the intended audience is shelter care providers, and so the focus is on populations of dogs and cats and herd health, but the individual is not neglected—not by far. The second chapter, Wellness, describes both physical and behavioral/emotional health care. Keeping a group of dogs or cats healthy is not as easy as vaccinating them all for infectious diseases; we also must consider that stress, physical suffering and emotional suffering can make individuals more susceptible to disease and more likely to shed infectious agents, and may delay healing. This, in turn, can affect the health of other individuals in the group, as well as potentially even the well-being of caregivers.

This book (and its companion, Shelter Medicine for Veterinarians and Staff, also co-edited by Dr. Lila Miller) is written and organized in a manner that is clear, understandable, and useful for anyone who provides medical care and support to sheltered animals. It is a critical point of recognition that this book is not just for DVMs, or CVTs, or even lay staff, but is rather for anyone that works with the many animal shelters in the United States that do not have a DVM on staff.

For example, there is an entire chapter on sanitation and disinfection. Everyone working in the shelter needs to understand not only the mechanics of thorough cleaning and disinfecting, but also the whys and hows that come with controlling disease agents in the environment. The chapters covering specific infectious diseases describe signs, symptoms and transmission so that anyone working with shelter animals can monitor and recognize indications of infectious illness, and will know how to avoid inadvertently passing pathogens from one animal to another (whether symptomatic or not).

Some chapters, such as Pharmacology and Necropsy Techniques, are most valuable to the DVM reader, but the majority of the content is immediately relevant and useful to most animal shelter staff and, I believe, to anyone who “shelters” (in the literal sense of the word) dogs and cats, providing for their basic physical, emotional, and behavioral needs.

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (2009).

384 pg; soft cover.

ISBN-13: 978-0-8138-1379-0.

(Editor's Note: For the VIN review of this book, click here.)

 


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Introduction
Alternative Medicine
Anatomy
Anesthesia/Analgesia
Animal Welfare
Aquatic/Fish
Avian
Behavior
Camelids
Canine
Cardiology
Client Education
Cytology / Hematology / Histology
Dental
Dermatology
Dictionary/Reference
Drugs/Pharmacology
Emergency Med
Endocrine
Epidemiology
Equine
Ethics
Exotics
Feline
Food Animals/Livestock
General
Genetics
Geriatrics
Handling & Restraint
Human-Animal Bond
Imaging & Radiology
Immunology
Infectious Diseases
Internal Medicine
Laboratory Medicine
Microbiology
Multimedia
Neurology
Nutrition
Oncology
Ophthalmology
Orthopedics
Parasitology
Pathology
Pediatrics
Physiology
Physiotherapy
Practice Management
Primates
Rabbits, Rodents & Ferrets
Reproduction
Reptile/Amphibian
Research
Respiratory
Ruminants
Sheep/Goats
Shelter Medicine
 
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Surgery
Swine
Technicians
Toxicology
Urology/Renal
Veterinary Education
Wildlife-Zoo Animals
Zoonoses

Date Published: March 2, 2010

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