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Animal Care

Animal Care Resources

Some call them companions, some call them pets, and others simply call them pure joy. Whatever you call them, responsible pet ownership and standards of care are important to animal welfare. The following publications are a small part of how PIJAC promotes animal welfare to consumers and pet professionals. Please contact info@pijac.org with suggestions for addtional resources and materials.

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Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service White Papers

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  • Promoting the Welfare of Kenneled Dogs: Space Allocations and Exercise

    "Evaluating and protecting the welfare of kenneled dogs depends on our understanding of all their physical and behavioral needs. Ensuring that dogs’ behavioral and psychological welfare needs are met is essential to…"

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  • Assessing Kennel Welfare

    "Knowledgeable caretakers can impact the health and well-being of dogs by identifying and attending to signs of poor as well as positive welfare states. Regardless of the causes of a dog’s state of being, it is important for those who work with dogs to be aware of key indicators of both positive and negative well-being."

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  • Brucella canis:Emerging Zoonotic disease?

    "B. canis is an infectious disease that has significant implications for both dog and human health. Outbreaks can have a disastrous impact on canine facilities... it is important for kennel managers and owners of dog breeding facilities to understand the disease and its implications for dog care and welfare."

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  • Promoting the Welfare of Kenneled Dogs: Environmental Considerations

    "Protecting the welfare of dogs in kennels requires consideration of their unique sensory and thermoregulatory capabilities. Because dogs and humans perceive environments very differently, it is important to ensure that dogs’ housing environments are tailored to meet their needs, rather than the..."

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  • Effects of Flooring on Animal Health and Well-Being: Implications for Kenneled Dogs

    "While much attention has focused on the genetic, health, behavioral, and psychological well-being of dogs in these operations... few studies have focused on the welfare implications of the flooring on which dogs are maintained."

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Animal Care Guidelines and Employee Education Materials for Retailers

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  • Animal Care Guidelines for the Retail Pet Industry

    This booklet is packed with information to assist retailers in implementing best practices for animal care. Retailers can easily incorporate these guidelines into their own operating manuals or education materials. The booklet is also helpful in supplementing relevant Federal, state, or local laws and regulations which may apply.

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  • Doing It Right: A Pet Store Employee’s Guide to Professional Success (and Fun)

    Have a new employee? Doing It Right: A Pet Store Employee’s Guide to Professional Success [and Fun] is an essential resource to ensure team members are aware of the fundamental topics every pet professional should know. The book is put together in an easy to read, sometimes whimsical, format which will help make sure your employees are “Doing It Right”!

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Animal Care Best Management Practices

Partnering with experts in the field, PIJAC has developed several Best Management Practices (BMP) documents for the pet industry, including this one which addresses disease prevention for feeder rodents, among other practices.

  • Feeder Rodent BMP (Updated July 2015)
    The Feeder Rodent BMP are applicable to feeder rodent facilities, breeders, and distributors. The BMP deal with general husbandry matters (caging, buildings, sanitation, nutrition, disease prevention), transportation, euthanasia, and the critical issue of timely response to a zoonotic disease outbreak.

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Animal Care Sheets for Retailers and Hobbyists

PIJAC is pleased to offer the following free downloadable animal care sheets in PDF format. Retailers, please feel free to download and share these care sheets with your customers and first-time hobbyists. These care sheets are intended to only offer basic care for the designated animal. There are several books and online resources available which provide in depth information on specific species and their care.

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