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Canine parvovirus remains a constant and frustrating disease for many veterinary practitioners, particularly those working in or with animal shelters and other facilities housing many vulnerable animals with frequent turnover. In such facilities the threat of a single case of parvovirus turning into an outbreak is real and the consequences can be grave both in terms of animal morbidity and mortality as well as the impact on personnel and the community. As sheltering organizations seek to expand their ability to care for pets infected with canine parvovirus and maximize opportunities for positive outcomes, critical analysis of the available organizational resources, preventive care protocols, and spectrum of treatment options employed can assist in life-saving efforts.
- Why is canine parvovirus a continuing threat to canine health and welfare?
- What resources help define an organizations ability to manage canine parvovirus cases?
- What is “isolation,” which cases should be “isolated,” and how/where can patients be isolated effectively in a variety of facilities?
- What are the most common mistakes animal care facilities make that may contribute to outbreaks of canine parvovirus?
- How effective are low-cost and outpatient treatment protocols for canine parvovirus?
- What are some novel, effective, and cost-effective treatment options for canine parvovirus?
- Canine parvovirus monoclonal antibody
- Oral recuperation fluids
- Fecal transplantation
- List the resources required to successfully manage canine parvovirus cases in shelter environments
- Evaluate preventive care and biosecurity practices and identify gaps that increase the risk of disease transmission in the shelter
- Compare the benefits of different treatment options and their impact on the course of disease and shelter animal flow