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2014 SFT meeting: news worth sharing with shelters (Part II)

Here is the second part of our blog on what I learnt during the 2014 SFT meeting that is of great interest for shelters (if you…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on August 22, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

2014 SFT meeting: news worth sharing with shelters (Part I)

I was recently in Portland, OR attending to the 2014…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on August 15, 2014 at 9:30am — No Comments

12 interesting facts about parvo in shelters

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on July 31, 2014 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Sanitation in shelters: why there should be no animal around while cleaning & disinfecting

It’s been a while since I last wrote on our shelter…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on May 16, 2014 at 4:42pm — No Comments

The compulsive “animal petter”: why it is a threat & how to prevent this in shelters

There is a story I like to tell when I visit our shelter partners, it’s about this discussion I had a while ago now with a shelter manager. She was telling me about “compulsive petters” (understand “people who love to pet animals anytime anyplace”).  This was an issue…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on March 18, 2014 at 3:30am — 1 Comment

Hydrogen Peroxide vs Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide: sounds the same, but quite different in the end!

I recently visited one of our shelter partners in Ontario, in order to lecture on shelter sanitation to their volunteers. Never a waste of time to discuss these sanitation basics, since when these protocols are used efficiently, they can definitely make a big difference…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on March 11, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Kitten season: is there still such a thing?

There is one thing I am pretty sure: in shelters, the feline species is, from far, predominant. And I get confirmation of this situation each time I visit one of our shelter partner. This is the reality: but for somebody who is not familiar with the shelter world,…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on March 4, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Our month of February: CE events in Ontario

 

I spent the month of February on the roads of Ontario, with my colleagues Sabine Maarse and Pierry McLean. Sharing knowledge is one of the priorities of our company and that’s why together we visited several of our shelter partners in the province this month. Each time indeed, we gave our talk on “Sanitation in shelters”.

Those of you who attended can confirm that this is not a formal talk, but it should rather…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on February 25, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ringworm cultures: red does not always mean infected!

Let’s continue on our ringworm series of posts! Today, we’ll focus on ringworm cultures. Many of the shelters I visited last year were doing their own. And I was told once by a technician that “when the medium turns red, it means that the animal is infected.” Must admit I was usually outsourcing those tests to an external reference lab when I was at the vet faculty in Paris, but I thought: “Ok, let’s have a look in the literature and see…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on January 29, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Shelter medicine: 27 things shelter staff should know about ringworm (Part II)

Remember our previous post on ringworm (if not, just click here)! As promised here is the end of the list of important points shelter staff needs to know on such a problematic disease.

Fact 12:…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on January 22, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Shelter medicine: 27 things shelter staff should know about ringworm (Part I)

I did quite a few talks on infectious diseases last year to staff members of our shelter partners. Why? Because that’s what shelters’ reality is about: since animals of usually unknown health status arrive on a daily basis, these environments are highly predisposed to face infectious threats. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, right, so that’s why I definitely think this topic is of great importance for staff members and…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on January 15, 2014 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Feline upper respiratory diseases: 24 things you need to know concerning Feline Herpes Virus (aka FHV-1)

Each time I visit one of our shelter partner, we obviously spend some time discussing the challenges they face on a daily basis. Obviously, infectious diseases are big. Obviously, feline upper respiratory diseases are one of these. If you remember our previous post on this topic, it’s in…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on December 9, 2013 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Feline Upper Respiratory Tract Diseases: things to know to better control and prevent these diseases

Yesterday in the plane, I started reading a very interesting book called “Infectious Disease Management in Animal…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on October 23, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments

MSDS: What the heck???

Do you know what MSDS stands for? No worries if you don’t, I also recently learned what it means… and how helpful it can be in a shelter environment!

We were doing a lecture at the Gatineau SPCA, QC, on shelter sanitation. During the coffee break (because a coffee break is definitely needed when you attend to one of my lectures!), somebody came to ask me a question about the disinfectant they were using. She was wondering if it…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on September 6, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

How do you know if this animal is spayed or neutered? Easy ways to check!

If you are working in a shelter, I am sure you already found yourself asking this question: is this pet spayed or neutered? That’s indeed an important one, because you don’t want her to go through an invasive surgery for no reason. And from a clinical standpoint,…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on August 23, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Rabies, you are at risk: 5 important tips everyone at the shelter should know!

I read several reports of identified rabies cases this summer: Maryland, Colorado, Texas, Florida… In some cases wildlife such as raccoons were involved. In others, it was dogs and cats, with potential exposure to humans. Why is it all over the news and internet? Because rabies is one of the deadliest virus that exists for human beings! There is definitely a risk in North America, because of the huge wildlife reservoir (foxes, wolves,…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on August 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

All about shelter sanitation: this was our June marathon!

Hard to realise that today we are already Aug 1st. Wouah, time flies by! It seems to me that yesterday I was on the road, doing those shelter talks while in fact, it was nearly a month ago! Indeed on June 18th I was visiting the SPA…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on August 1, 2013 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Parasitology: to systematically screen or not, this is the question…

I was recently visiting one of our shelter partner and we had a great discussion that I thought would be interesting to share with the rest of our shelter community. This was around the following question: should all individuals entering a shelter be screened for intestinal parasites?

This is an important question when we know how predisposed to infectious diseases shelter environments are… In a perfect world, my answer would…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on June 19, 2013 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Not only for dogs: CPV-2c

I was forwarded a newspaper article last week which was about a hemorrhagic diarrhea outbreak affecting the canine population of a local shelter. From what I could read, canine parvovirosis was suspected. Nothing unusual unfortunately I would say:   parvovirosis is among the most common diseases shelters have to routinely face. But something else caught my attention: it was written somewhere “there’s no risk for the cats”. To me, that did…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on June 10, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments

A lot of hygiene and a glimpse of contraception: this was our shelter convention!

Last week we held our first Canadian shelter convention at our plant facility in Guelph. Great opportunity for some of our shelter partners to see with their own eyes what makes all of us so proud to work for the Royal Canin company! But to go in this plant tour,…

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Added by PRO Technical Services Emmanuel on May 26, 2013 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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