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 Companion Animal Feline Session

Sponsored by Bayer Animal Health

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moderator – Dr. Melissa Beyer

Benton Auditorium


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Management of Diabetes in Cats - Dr. Susan Little

Diabetes mellitus is one of the top two endocrinopathies in cats, with a prevalence estimated to be approximately 0.5% of cats seen in private practice. Successful management of diabetic cats involves insulin and dietary therapy, as well as regular monitoring and client education.This presentation will review current knowledge on diagnosis and management of diabetes in cats, with tips and advice to help the veterinary team treat these patients with success.

10:30 – Noon     Successful Management of Urethral Obstruction in Cats - Dr. Susan Little

Lower urinary tract disease in cats was described as early as 1925 and remains one of the most common reasons that cats are presented for veterinary care. Successful management of these patients involves careful evaluation as well as the right equipment and technique. This presentation will cover the keys to successful management of these patients as well as some new concepts.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. How to Make Your Practice More Feline Friendly - Dr. Susan Little

One of the most important reasons preventing cat owners from seeking veterinary care is their own discomfort and stress associated with experiences at the veterinary clinic. Cats are bonded to their home environment and seldom leave it by choice. Being forced into a strange environment makes a cat uncertain about its safety and causes anxiety and distress. Cats prefer to avoid danger and confrontation by running away or hiding, strategies that are not easy to employ during veterinary visits. Thus, many cats are not easy veterinary patients! However, a wealth of information has become available to help create feline-friendly practice environments and to reduce the stress associated with handling and examining cats. This section will focus on the available tools and programs, most available for free, that can improve everyone's comfort level with feline patients and help increase feline veterinary visits.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. How to Get More Feline Clients - Dr. Susan Little

Although cats are North America's most popular companion animal, many feline family members are not receiving adequate preventive healthcare. In part this is due to owners not being aware of their cats' needs. Additionally, for many owners, the stresses of travelling to the veterinary hospital and those associated with the veterinary visit itself act as deterrents from seeking preventive healthcare. An unspoken part of the problem is that many veterinary care providers feel that compared with dogs, cats are unpredictable, and they feel uncomfortable handling them. As well, feline medical problems are perceived as more difficult to diagnose and treat than those in dogs. This section will focus on identified barriers to feline preventive healthcare visits and tools to help your veterinary team overcome them.

Companion Animal Session

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Moderator – Dr. Jim Taylor

Rooms 250-252


8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Diseases & Medicine of Pet Hedgehogs:  An Update - Dr. James Carpenter

Knowledge of the biology, husbandry, chemical restraint, diagnostic techniques, and common diseases is essential in the medical management of the African hedgehog. This presentation will, therefore, present an overview of the captive management, anesthesia and clinical techniques, and common diseases of this species. In addition, their suitability as pets will be discussed.

A Practitioner's Guide to the Nutrition of Small Herbivores, including the Diagnosis & Treatment of Gastrointestinal Stasis Syndrome -Dr. James Carpenter

Gastrointestinal stasis syndrome is common in rabbits and other hind-gut fermenters. Although factors leading to hairball formation/gastric stasis/ileus are multifactorial, most rabbits, guinea pigs, and chinchillas with gastric stasis/ileus respond to aggressive medical management. This presentation will review small herbivore nutrition and gastrointestinal physiology, with emphasis on the prevention and treatment of gastrointestinal stasis syndrome.

10:30 – Noon     Nutrition of Small Herbivores (cont.) - Dr. James Carpenter

Pain Management and Antibiotic Therapy in Small Mammals - Dr. James Carpenter

Pharmacokinetic studies in exotic small mammals are lacking. Therefore, most of the dosages used in these species are based on empirical data, observations & experience. Because drug uptake depends on multiple factors, it is important for veterinarians to know some of the pharmacobiologic/physiologic characteristics of these species. This review outlines drug administration sites, compounding & some of the issues involved in selecting an antibiotic, analgesic or NSAID for use in exotic small mammals.

1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Current Techniques in Canine Cranial Cruciate Ligament Repair - Dr. Rhonda Aper

This session will discuss the most common surgeries to address the ruptured cranial cruciate ligament in the dog.

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Thoracic Trauma and Traumatic Diaphragmatic Hernias in Small Animals - Dr. Rhonda Aper

This session will discuss the most common thoracic injuries that require surgical intervention in small animals.


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