NTCR practices Shelter Veterinary Medicine
NTCR, like many other humane rescue groups, practices shelter medicine. This is like socialized medicine for animals. This is using the resources we have in a responsible way, treating each individual cat/kitten while thinking of the whole group of foster cats/kittens. Basically, shelter medicine focuses on prevention of illnesses by hygiene and vaccines where possible. Also, addressing common illnesses found in specific breeds of animals and treating them with the most common cost effective treatment. It is giving care to companion animals on a large scale.
This involves protocol to treat illnesses: each animal’s illness or symptoms does not need expensive or extensive testing, but rather treating for the most common causes of those particular symptoms then proceeding to testing when the most common causes are ruled out. This saves money for unnecessary office visits that can be used to help more animals.
We have a protocol in place for URI, Diarrhea, inappropriate urination/defecation, parasites, behavioral issues and many others.
All kittens/adults are tested for FelV/FIV, receive their 1st booster of FVRCP and FelVvaccines. They additionally are treated for intestinbal parasites ( roundworms, hookworms) with Pyrantel Pamaote ( Strongid) every 2 weeks for up to 3 treatments and with Praziquantel for tapeworms. They all are flea -treated with Frontline+, Advantage or Revolution.
Kittens reaching 8 weeks or 2lbs.+ - whichever comes first- will be scheduled for alteration.
If you are not comfortable with this practice and think the animal should be taken to the vet for every little cough, sneeze, badly formed stool then rescue work may not be for you.
NTCR works in close contact with local vets and doesn’t practice self-diagnosting and self-medication prescribing. When a cough or diarrhea persists, a vet is consulted and the animal is brought to her/his office.
We will work with you! Our desire is to do a great job helping cats without overextending our resources or overusing/stressing our foster volunteers.
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