Companion Animal - Wednesday

Merck is the Afternoon Sponsor
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

8:30-9:30 a.m.  I Can See Clearly Now the _____ is Gone - Dr. Rachel Allbaugh
Various conditions that obscure vision due to an impediment in the visual axis will be discussed, including multiple corneal diseases, hyphema, and cataracts, with tips on identification and management strategies to restore and/or improve animal vision.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. 
The Highs & Lows of Intraocular Disease - Dr. Rachel Allbaugh
Glaucoma is associated with elevated intraocular pressure, while uveitis is associated with low intraocular pressure, but sometimes these diseases can occur concurrently and create confusion. If left unchecked these conditions will result in blindness so diagnosis and treatment of these cases will be addressed to help improve clinical outcomes.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Break – Visit the Exhibits
11:00 – Noon  The Ocular Perils of Getting Old - Dr. Braidee Foote
The effects of aging and common ocular diseases in geriatric dogs and cats will be discussed, including neoplasia, corneal calcific degeneration, lens changes, retinal degeneration, and more. Key discussion points include identifying when these aging changes can cause serious threats to the animal, common co-morbidities, preventative approaches, and treatment.

Noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Leptospirosis: Considerations in Disease Etiology, Diagnosis, and Prevention - Dr. Debra Olbrich
Let’s all learn more about leptospirosis. In this lecture we will cover the organism specifics, learn which tests to use and when to use them, briefly cover common treatments and how to prevent leptospirosis.

2:30 – 3:00 p.m. Break – Visit the Exhibits

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Lyme disease: Controversies and Consensus - Dr. Debra Olbrich
We are going to discuss Lyme disease and hopefully answer some of the lingering questions regarding this confusing and controversial infection.  As this is a disease process that is quite unwilling to follow the rules, there is still much debate even among the experts, and during this lecture, we will address some key areas in which clear answers are still to be determined.

4:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Diabetes Mellitus in Dogs & Cats - Dr. Debra Olbrich
If you shudder at the thought of treating a diabetic patient – this is the lecture for you! We review how to diagnose, treat and monitor our diabetic patients. By the end of this lecture you should feel more confident in how to develop a treatment plan for your patients.