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Canine influenza disinfection

Posted in Dogs
I’m lazy so I’ll use the blog to answer a question that I’m getting a few times a day.  Today’s question: how to disinfect a veterinary clinic if there is a concern about canine influenza? The good news is that influenza viruses are pretty wimpy. They’re enveloped viruses, meaning they are covered by a fragile fatty… Continue Reading

Clean Hands Save Lives: Horsey-Style

Posted in Horses
Infection control isn’t rocket science. Wash your hands, don’t eat that, keep your finger out of your nose… things you learned in kindergarten go a long way to preventing infections. The basic nature of the core infection control concepts is also a barrier – hand washing isn’t fancy, new or associated with some fancy machine. (There… Continue Reading

Vet clinics: Dealing with a canine flu outbreak

Posted in Dogs
Infection control in veterinary clinics has come a long way in the past few years. However, there are still many challenges, and new situations like the large H3N2 canine flu outbreak in the US Midwest raise more issues. Just like human hospitals, vet clinics need to be proactive to reduce the risk of flu virus… Continue Reading

Vet clinic infections…who should pay?

Posted in Cats
The following question was posed to Dr. Patty Khuly in an article she writes for the Miami Herald. "Our cats had to go to the vet hospital last week to have their teeth cleaned. The procedures went very well and, as predicted, both were back to normal that evening. Unfortunately, two days later they both… Continue Reading

The Trouble With Gloves

Posted in Miscellaneous
When it comes to hand hygiene, there is an unfortunately all-too-common misconception that wearing gloves makes hand washing or using alcohol-based hand rub unnecessary. In veterinary and human medicine, gloves, like hand hygiene, are typically used for two reasons: to prevent spread of germs or chemicals from a patient/person/object/surface to a person’s hands, and/or to… Continue Reading

Bartonella from needlesticks

Posted in Dogs
Something I often discuss when doing infection control talks is needlestick injuries. The contrast between the approach to needlestick injuries (and blood exposure in general) in veterinary and human medicine is pretty astounding. In humans, there are strong educational campaigns, careful reporting, testing and treatment protocols, and increasing use of "safety engineered sharps devices" like… Continue Reading

Wash your hands…Moe’s watching!

Posted in Other animals
One on the things we try to do with the blog approach to getting zoonotic disease and infectious disease information out is to put a personal spin on stories. Whether it’s new puppy issues, a rabid bat in my house, zoonotic disease issues at my kid’s daycare or something more mundane, that personal touch sometimes… Continue Reading

CDC resource for veterinary health and safety

Posted in Cats
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention‘s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has launched a website entitled Veterinary Safety and Health. It’s designed to provide occupational health and safety (including infection control) information for people in the veterinary field, as well as people in zoos, animal shelters, kennels and other animal-contact situations. It’s… Continue Reading

Biohazardous cell phones

Posted in MRSA/MRSP
It’s amazing how attached people are to their cell phones. Many people will answer them without any thought of what else is going on. It’s something I’ve seen in veterinary hospitals where wireless or cell phones are the primary mode of internal communication. The natural tendency to answer the phone often overrides the thought process… Continue Reading

Infection control…how things have changed

Posted in Other diseases
Infection control is a constantly evolving and expanding area – for the good. Paying close attention to infection control in human hospitals is a relatively recent phenomenon, and the advances in infection control are now having an impact outside of hospitals. Pandemic H1N1 influenza drove a lot of changes, but there’s been a general increase… Continue Reading

Ringworm recommendations

Posted in Dogs
The OSPCA has changed their plans for management of the ringworm outbreak that is ongoing in a Newmarket, Ontario shelter. Now, some (hopefully all) remaining animals will be fostered out to local veterinarians while the situation is being brought under control. One question that has been asked widely in the press and by the public… Continue Reading

Infection control best practices: French version

Posted in Miscellaneous
A comprehensive infection control document entitled "Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Small Animal Veterinary Clinics" was released last fall. A French translation has been completed and it now available on the Worms & Germs Resources page, as well as by clicking here. This document is an excellent resource for small animal veterinary practices… Continue Reading

Infection control for small animal veterinary clinics

Posted in Cats, Dogs
Infection prevention and control is a critical component of good medicine, human or veterinary. However, veterinary infection control is a very small and underdeveloped field, and good resources for veterinary personnel are limited. To help advance this important field, a comprehensive infection control document entitled "Infection Prevention and Control Best Practices for Small Animal Veterinary… Continue Reading