Multi-cat Households (how to help cats live harmoniously together)

Live webinar date 23rd January 2019 8pm

Cats vary greatly in their level of sociability – some can cohabit with others in perfect harmony while many find it much more challenging, even impossible. This talk will discuss how to “diagnose” problems between cats (not always obvious to the untrained eye) and where to go for help. It also looks at prevention, showing how owners can reduce the chances of conflict by ensuring that every care is taken to choose compatible individuals and introduce them carefully. This talk also discusses the home environment and what owners should provide to meet the needs of all their cats.

Learning objectives:

This talk will help owners to:
– Identify subtle signs of distress and conflict
– Create a “social map” to understand social grouping in their own multicat household
– Introduce new cats or kittens gradually to ensure the best possible chance of success
– List the five broad areas that owners need to focus on to ensure their cats’ environmental needs are met in the home
– Know when to seek help with conflict between cats

Speaker: Vicky Halls

Vicky Halls is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, consulting all over the UK as a feline specialist. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the charity International Cat Care, working with them on various behaviour and welfare projects. She is a regular contributor to television, radio and specialist publications. Vicky is also a qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. Vicky is the author of a number of bestselling books (Cat Confidential, Cat Detective, Cat Counsellor, The Complete Cat, The Secret Life of Your Cat and The Bluffer’s Guide to Cats) and co-author of a number of veterinary textbooks. She was voted The Nation’s Favourite Cat Behaviour Author in the UK. Her particular interest is the complexity of the modern cat/owner relationship.

 

 

Hyperthyroidism

Live webinar date: 19th December 2018 8pm

Feline hyperthyroidism: what is this and how can it be managed? Hyperthyroidism is the medical term for an over-active thyroid gland and is a condition which is estimated to affect around 10% of cats over the age of ten years. The most common clinical signs of hyperthyroidism are weight loss in spite of a normal, or even increased, appetite although other clues of this illness such as behavioural changes (irritability, hyperactivity, vocalising more – especially at night), gastrointestinal signs (vomiting, diarrhoea) and coat changes may also be seen. There are a number of treatment options including some curative possibilities (surgical removal of the thyroid or radioiodine) and reversible/long-term options such as anti-thyroid medication or an iodine-restricted food. The outlook for cats affected by this condition is usually very good. Most cats suffering from hyperthyroidism can be successfully stabilised and live for many years following diagnosis. Sarah will include some typical cases in her presentation so that listeners can learn more about this condition and how to recognise it in their cat.

Learning objectives

– What are the common and typical clinical signs of hyperthyroidism in cats
– What clues does a vet look for when examining a cat that may have hyperthyroidism
– What tests might be needed to confirm a diagnosis of hyperthyroidism
– What are the different treatment options for hyperthyroidism
– What is the long-term outlook for a cat diagnosed with hyperthyroidism

Speaker: Sarah Caney

Dr Sarah Caney, CEO of Vet Professionals has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She is a University of Bristol graduate and also completed her feline medicine residency and PhD at this institution. Sarah has always enjoyed seeing a mixture of first opinion and referral feline medicine patients and has a particular interest in geriatric feline medicine. Sarah is internationally recognised as one of only thirteen veterinary specialists in feline medicine working in the UK. Sarah founded Vet Professionals in 2009 and has authored and co-authored a number of the Vet Professionals ‘Caring for a cat’ series of books. Sarah has published widely in prestigious international journals and has been an invited speaker to veterinary conferences around the world.

 

The Diabetic Cat: more than just insulin injections

Live webinar date: 28th November 2018 8pm

A diagnosis of diabetes can be a daunting prospect for many owners. It is a serious illness, but can be treated very effectively, using a combination of insulin and diet. This webinar will discuss the causes, diagnosis and management of diabetes, guiding owners of diabetic cats on what to expect and how to optimise treatment and in some cases, help their cat into remission from the disease. The webinar will also cover ways cat owners can, in some cases, prevent their cat developing diabetes.

Learning objectives

 – Identify the signs a cat may be suffering from diabetes, e.g. drinking and urinating more, weight loss despite a good appetite.
– Discuss the diagnosis of diabetes and the problem caused by stress induced high blood glucose in the veterinary clinic
– Understand the management of diabetes, including the types of insulin available and how they are used along with diet.
– Understand how diabetic cats are monitored while on treatment, and that some cats can go into remission and not require further insulin treatment.
– Explain the causes and therefore prevention of diabetes, for example obesity and the use of some medications.

Speaker: Samantha Taylor

Sam Taylor graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009. In 2011 she became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine. As well as working in clinical referral practice at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, she works for International Cat Care specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education, and edits the monthly journal Feline Focus. She is also involved in veterinary further education via the International Society for Feline Medicine as well as lecturing nationally and internationally. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has authored 2 books and numerous book chapters as well as publishing a number of papers on both canine and feline internal medicine.

 

 

Subject: Is my cat itchy?

Live webinar date: 31st October 2018 8pm

Cats commonly suffer from skin disease. During the webinar we will discuss how to recognise the various skin patterns and how to know if your cat is itchy. Common causes of skin disease will be discussed and how we can treat these.

Learning objectives

– How do cats display itchiness
– What are the different type of skin lesions
– What are the different causes of disease
– What treatments are available
– You will learn about the lifecycle of the flea

Speaker: Anthony Chadwick

Anthony Chadwick is the CEO of Alpha Vet International and is a veterinary dermatologist. Anthony qualified from Liverpool University in 1990 and achieved his CertVD in 1995. Anthony set up a practice in Liverpool in 1997 in Liverpool which he eventually sold in 2011 so that he could concentrate on The Webinar Vet which he started in January 2010. The Webinar Vet is the largest online provider of veterinary CPD in Europe and is a past winner of the FSB’s NW online business of the year and The Regional Business Awards’ Knowledge Business of the year. Anthony is also a veterinary futurist and is fascinated about new technology in the veterinary profession. At a futurist conference in 2016, he heard about the hololens and immediately set about developing Sheba, the holographic GSD which he demonstrated at that year’s London Vet Show. Anthony enjoys thinking strategically and connecting teams together- an ideal quality for project managing multi-disciplinary teams.

 

Previous series below

Subject : A glimpse of feline fangs

Live webinar date: 27th June 2018, 8pm

The cat has a unique oral anatomy, with teeth highly adapted for prey capture. Just like humans, cats also suffer from a range of dental diseases, which can often result in pain, discomfort and infection. This talk will briefly introduce some of the dental problems that cats suffer with and consider options for homecare, a.k.a toothbrushing.

Learning objectives

– Understand the anatomy of the different type of cat teeth
– Understand the prevalence and signs of periodontal disease in the cat
– Appreciate other common problems affecting cat teeth, such as resorption
– Understand how to introduce toothbrushing at home
– Appreciate what equipment and skills your vet requires to perform good standards of feline dentistry

Speaker : Rachel Perry

Rachel graduated as a veterinary surgeon from Edinburgh University in 1997, and entered small animal practice. She soon developed an interest in small animal dentistry. Since 2010 her practice has been limited to small animal dentistry and oral surgery, and she provides first opinion and referral services in the south east. In 2016 she passed the European Veterinary Dental College Board examinations to become a Diplomate and European Veterinary Specialist in veterinary dentistry. She was granted RCVS Specialist status in 2017.

She has lectured nationally and internationally and published original research and review articles in journals, textbooks and is regularly involved in online and in-house teaching for nurses and vets across the country. The main species she treats are cats and dogs, but she has also treated tigers, cheetahs, bears, leopards, marmosets, fossas and vicuñas!

 

 

Subject : Desperate housecats? The indoor/outdoor debate

Live webinar date: 23rd May 2018, 8pm​

The majority of pet cats in the UK are allowed outdoors but, in many countries, the trend is towards indoor living, for example in the USA between 50 and 60% are housed indoors. As this represents an unnatural life for the species, owners have to work harder to fulfill the needs of their pets. Indoor living is often associated with increased risk of obesity and cats kept indoors have been shown to have more behaviour problems than those with outdoor access.

This presentation will look at the relative pro’s and con’s of both the indoor and outdoor options but introduces many other factors to consider, . The presentation will look at Vicky’s own cat behaviour referral caseload to identify whether this confirms there is a correlation between the development of behavioural problems and an indoor lifestyle, with surprising results which illustrate how this is definitely not a black and white scenario.

One of the significant factors that this presentation also considers is the impact that the owner’s attitudes and beliefs can have on the relationship with an indoor cat. The ability of a cat to cope with ‘relational demands’ that they cannot escape is variable, dependent on their genetics and the quality of their early socialisation. Some cats will adapt to, tolerate and even enjoy a high level of social contact with their owners while others may find it a source of significant stress.

Owners often have unhelpful, anthropomorphic beliefs about keeping their cat/s indoors and these include feelings of guilt, the need to compensate and the importance of showing their pets love, because they are out at work, for example, and their cats may feel neglected. This can result in over-compensation that manifests in excessive focus, handling, holding and excitable verbal communication which can potentially cause, dependent on the temperament of the individual, anxiety or over-arousal.

So, which lifestyle is better…?

Learning objectives

– Describe the needs of the cat as a species
– Explain the most commonly stated pro’s and con’s for indoor and outdoor lifestyles
– Describe a number of behavioural problems and common health issues that may by more relevant to an indoor or outdoor lifestyle
– Explain the impact of the external cat population on the wellbeing of cat’s in a home
– Describe how an indoor lifestyle may alter the owner/cat relationship

Speaker: Vicky Halls

Vicky Halls is a Registered Veterinary Nurse and full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, consulting all over the UK as a feline specialist. She is an enthusiastic supporter of the charity International Cat Care, working with them on various behaviour and welfare projects. She is a regular contributor to television, radio and specialist publications. Vicky is also a qualified person-centred counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Vicky is the author of a number of bestselling books (Cat Confidential, Cat Detective, Cat Counsellor, The Complete Cat, The Secret Life of Your Cat and The Bluffer’s Guide to Cats) and co-author of a number of veterinary textbooks. She was voted The Nation’s Favourite Cat Behaviour Author in the UK. Her particular interest is the complexity of the modern cat/owner relationship.

 

Subject : Step away from the flea bomb! A measured approach to flea and tick control

Live webinar date: 25th April 2018, 8pm

Flea infestations in the home can be distressing, frustrating and pose a risk to pet and human health. Similarly, ticks picked up by pets and people enjoying outdoor activities can transmit disease and be a source of revulsion. This webinar will explore the differences between flea and ticks, the diseases they can transmit, and the steps required to control and prevent infestations. It will also examine the types of products available for flea and tick control and considerations in choosing the right product for your pet and home.

Learning objectives

– To understand the differences between ticks and fleas
– Visually distinguish between fleas, ticks and free living invertebrates in the home
– To understand flea and tick life cycles and how that affects their control
– To be able to put effective measures in place to control existing flea and tick infestations and prevent future ones
– To understand the differences between different types of tick and flea products

Speaker : Ian Wright

Ian is a practising Veterinary surgeon and co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice in Fleetwood. He has a Master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology, is head of the European Scientific Counsel of Companion Animal Parasites (ESCCAP) UK & Ireland and guideline director for ESCCAP Europe. Ian is regularly published in peer review journals, an editorial board member for the Companion animal journal as well as peer reviewing for journals such as JSAP, Companion animal and Veterinary Parasitology. He continues to carry out research in practice including work on intestinal nematodes and tick borne diseases.

 

 

Subject : Flabby Felines and Cuddly Kitties: The growing problem with feline obesity

Live webinar date: 21st March 2018, 8pm

We often read in the news that humans are getting fatter, and the same is true of cats. The number of overweight and obese cats around the world is increasing. This is to do with overfeeding and inactivity, as the lifestyle of modern cats is very different from cats many years ago. Being overweight may bring negative consequences to a cat’s health, including diabetes, constipation, lower urinary tract disease and osteoarthritis. Preventing and treating weight problems in cats takes time, commitment and support from veterinary professionals, but slow, safe weight-loss can be achieved and improve a cat’s quality of life.

Learning objectives

– Understand the causes of weight gain in cats including diet and activity levels.
– Understand the diseases associated with obesity.
– Understand safe weight-loss plans for cats, including calculating calorie requirements.
– Understand alternative feeding methods including using puzzle feeders
– Understand how to prevent weight-gain before obesity develops.

Speaker: Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor graduated from the Royal Vet College in 2002 and completed internships in private referral practice before starting a Feline Advisory Bureau Residency at Bristol University. She was awarded the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine in 2006 and the European Diploma in Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2009. In 2011 she became an RCVS Recognised Specialist in Feline Medicine. As well as working in clinical referral practice at Lumbry Park Veterinary Specialists, she works for International Cat Care specifically involved in distance learning and nursing education, and edits the monthly journal Feline Focus. She is also involved in veterinary further education via the International Society for Feline Medicine as well as lecturing nationally and internationally. She is an editorial board member for The Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, and has authored 2 books and numerous book chapters as well as publishing a number of papers on both canine and feline internal medicine.