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Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper

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Maddie’s Institute knows all about the outbreaks of canine distemper in animal shelters across the United States. They know that exposed, infected dogs may frequently die from distemper. They want to do something about this so they are presenting a free webcast to help this situation get back under control.

Since many dogs enter shelters without the protective immunity required to prevent the canine distemper virus (CDV), other dogs suffer the throes of the virus as well. The virus spreads quickly, infecting sometimes the entire population.

This is very bad since the symptoms can lead to death. Initial symptoms include respiratory, gastrointestinal and neurological – sometimes then becoming life-threatening if untreated. The good news is though that CDV can actually be treated as long as the virus is not too advanced.

This webinar will help those involved with animal shelters and rescues to do a better job of protecting dogs from contracting this horrific virus. The presentation will offer the following:

· The basics of the canine distemper virus (CDV)

· Risk factors contributing to the frequency of canine distemper outbreaks in shelters

· How to create a clean break between infected/exposed dogs and new admissions without resorting to depopulation

· More rules and tools for lifesaving intervention during shelter outbreaks

· Current best practices to mitigate risks of outbreaks in both open and managed admission shelters

· The role of vaccination, antibody titer testing and housing

· How to communicate with community members and the media about outbreaks and prevention

Whether you have a mobile device (like an iPhone, iPad or Android), or a computer, you will be able to watch this live event. Maddie’s Institute does warn that you could potentially experience technical issues during video playback. Computers are most recommended to view the live event with a good internet connection. Choice is available otherwise, however.

Dr. Cynda Crawford will be the presenter. Dr. Crawford, one of the country’s leading experts on canine respiratory disease, earned a PhD in Immunology/Infectious Diseases from the University of Florida in 1984 and a DVM degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the same institution in 1989. Her areas of expertise include canine and feline infectious diseases, and evaluation of diagnostic tests and vaccines for infectious diseases.

Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper is part of an ongoing series of educational programs from Maddie’s Institute, the academic division of Maddie’s Fund®, providing the most innovative animal welfare information to shelter staff, veterinarians, rescue groups and community members to increase the lifesaving of homeless dogs and cats community-wide.

The webcast happens tonight, January 9th at 9:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. Register to attend this free webcast here.

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