Free Webcast: Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper

Published: January 9th, 2014

Category: Online News

It’s not too late to sign up for tonight’s FREE Maddie’s Institute webcast on the canine distemper virus with our very own Dr. Cynda Crawford!

Maddie's Institute WebcastCanine distemper outbreaks are a fact of life in animal shelters across the country, and a frequent cause of loss of life for infected and exposed dogs.

Join Dr. Cynda Crawford, Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine, January 9th at 9 PM Eastern for Everything Shelters Need to Know About Canine Distemper. (The on-demand version of this webcast will be available shortly.)

Click here to register for this free webcast!

Want to learn more about how to treat and prevent distemper outbreaks? How can shelters better protect their dogs from contracting the canine distemper virus? Explore realistic solutions and treatment options in this exclusive webcast from Maddie’s InstituteSM, where Dr. Crawford will bust some myths about diagnosing, managing, and treating this highly infectious disease in the shelter setting.

In this presentation, you will learn:

  • 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

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.

About the Presenter:

Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhDCynda Crawford, DVM, PhD

Dr. Cynda Crawford is Maddie’s® Clinical Assistant Professor of Shelter Medicine in Maddie’s® Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Crawford 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.

She focuses on diagnosis and management of viruses and bacteria that cause respiratory infections in shelter dogs. She was instrumental in identifying the H3N8 canine influenza virus and among the pioneering researchers into the disease when it first presented in shelter dogs in Florida in 2004.