Feline upper respiratory infections are killers. The Association of Shelter Veterinarians list it as the number one health issue in shelters, where stress and close quarters provide the perfect conditions for both exposure and illness. Can shelters really beat URI? Can outbreaks be prevented, or once started, stopped?
Widely acknowledged as the country’s leading expert on feline URI in shelters, Dr. Kate Hurley, Director of the Koret Shelter Medicine Program at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, says that yes, outbreaks can be prevented and stopped.