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Programme:

19th December 2018 8pm

Hyperthyroidism

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.

 

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23rd January 2019 8pm

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

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.

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27th February 2019 8pm

Kidney disease in cats

Chronic kidney disease in cats: advances in diagnosis and management. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the most common illnesses affecting older cats and is estimated to affect more than one third of cats aged 11 years and over. Typical clinical signs include weight loss in association with a variable/poor appetite, an increase in thirst, sometimes vomiting/nausea and vague signs of ill health: your cat just not being quite right. Diagnosis requires collection of blood and urine samples for analysis. CKD is a progressive condition – it will get worse with time – but thanks to advances in our understanding of this condition, it is now possible to successfully manage most cases of CKD for several years following diagnosis. One of the most important management strategies is feeding a food that is low in phosphate as this has been proven to improve quality and length of life for cats with CKD. Sarah will explain more about all of the treatment options in her presentation with some practical tips for supporting cats with CKD at home.

Learning objectives

– What is chronic kidney disease and how does it impact on my cat’s health
– How is CKD diagnosed
– What are the management options
– How can a carer support their cat with CKD at home
– What is the longterm outlook for cats with CKD

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.

 

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27th March 2019 8pm

Infectious diseases in cats

Speaker: Ian Ramsey

Ian Ramsey is Professor of Small Animal Medicine at Glasgow University and an RCVS and European Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Medicine. He has lectured and published extensively on many aspects of small animal medicine but his main interest is endocrinology. He is the editor of the BSAVA Canine and Feline Formulary and was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for contributions to small animal medicine in 2015.

 

 

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