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Subjects & Speakers already confirmed for Series 3
Choosing a Cat Food for Your Cat
Live webinar date : 11th September 2019 8pm
There is no one right diet for all cats. The basic requirements are to be nutritionally complete and balanced and safe. The diet should be appropriate for lifestage, activity and body condition. It is difficult to determine petfood quality from the label, which has legally regulated information. Some terms, e.g. holistic, are meaningless. Larger companies’ petfoods are often backed by research and extensive quality control. Some diets include “functional foods” such as anti-oxidants, or omega-3 fatty acids. Commercial diets may include meat derivatives from animals slaughtered for human consumption. Homemade diets are frequently nutritionally incomplete, and raw feeding has risks.
– Understand the term “complete and balanced”
– Know the lifestages of cats and how nutrition affects them
– Be able to body condition score your cat
– Understand the information on a catfood label, including the types of ingredients used in cat foods
– Understand the risks of homemade and raw foods
Speaker : Marge Chandler DVM, MS, MANZCVS, DACVN, DACVIM, MRCVS
is a Clinical Nutritionist at Vets Now Referrals (Glasgow) and a private consultant in small animal medicine and nutrition. She is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Nutrition and of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Small Animal Medicine).
Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disorders: Metabolism and Stress…or What’s all the FUS? Advances in Understanding Feline Lower Urinary Tract Problems
Live webinar date : 23rd October 2019 8pm
Lower urinary tract disorders are common in cats. In previous decades, the focus of study has been on causes and management of crystalluria. More recently it has become clear that the majority of cases of LUTD are idiopathic and the bladder may be the victim, rather than the initiator of the clinical signs. This presentation looks at the Pandora Syndrome, the roles of metabolism and of stress.
– The Pandora Syndrome
– How stress affects metabolism
– The Five Freedoms
– How to assess and meet the environmental needs of cats
– To recognize the signs of cystitis in cats
– What we understand about the many causes/types of cystitis in cats
– How stress affects metabolism
– What tests your veterinarian will need to runHow to treat different types of cystitis in cats
– How to assess and meet the environmental needs of cats
Speaker : Margie Scherk DVM, Dip ABVP
Margie became board certified in feline practice by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners in 1995, recertifying in 2004. After many years of serving on the Board of the American Association of Feline Practitioners she was honoured to be its President in 2007. An active international speaker, Dr. Scherk has authored numerous book chapters and scientific papers and is the North American editor for the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
Intestinal parasites of cats: Not just the usual suspects
Live webinar date : 19th November 2019 8pm
When we think of intestinal parasites in cats, we tend to picture roundworms and tapeworms. While it is important to control these parasites for human and pet health, there is a wide range of more unusual parasites that live in the small and large intestine including Giardia, Tritrichomonas and Toxoplasma, potentially leading to disease and human health risk. With just a few simple preventative measures however, these risks can be greatly reduced and a close loving relationship with your cat maintained. This webinar will discuss common intestinal parasites of UK cats, the health risks they pose and their prevention.
– To be familiar with common intestinal parasites of cats
– To understand the health risks they pose to cats and humans
– To recognise common clinical signs in cats associated with intestinal parasite infection
– To understand the link between fleas and tapeworms in cats
– To be able to implement simple preventative measures to help keep pets and owners safe
Speaker : Ian Wright BVMS, MSc, MRCVS
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.
Feline hypertension (high blood pressure): key facts for carers
Live webinar date : 11th December 2019 8pm
Feline hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common problem, especially in older cats where it is estimated to affect around 20% of senior cats (cats aged 11 years and over). Often hypertension is diagnosed in association with another illness. It is estimated that up to 60% of cats with chronic kidney disease and up to 20% of cats with hyperthyroidism develop systemic hypertension. Fortunately it is a very manageable condition with most cats doing extremely well following treatment.
– What feline hypertension is and the damaging consequences that it can cause to the heart, kidneys, brain and eyes
– When hypertension should be screened for as part of lifestage appropriate health checks
– How to recognise hypertension as a carer
– When vets worry about hypertension and how vets diagnose hypertension
– How feline hypertension is treated
Speaker : Sarah M. A. Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS, RCVS
Specialist in Feline Medicine. Sarah Caney is an internationally recognised specialist in feline medicine who has worked as a feline-only vet for more than twenty years. She trained as a specialist at the University of Bristol and is one of twelve recognised specialists in feline medicine working within the UK. Sarah has written or co-written four books published by her business Vet Professionals (www.vetprofessionals.com) including ‘Caring for an elderly cat’. Sarah conducts online owner surveys and has published much of her research results in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery.
Feline Vaccination: What you Need to Know
Live webinar date : 22nd January 2020 8pm
The widespread use of effective vaccinations against common infections has had a huge positive impact on the health of pet cats around the world. Continued appropriate use of vaccinations helps to keep individual cats well and also reduces the level of infectious agents in the cat population, so improving the welfare of unvaccinated and unowned cats. In the UK it is recommended that all cats should be regularly vaccinated against the cat flu viruses (Feline Herpesvirus and Feline Calicivirus) and against Feline Panleukopenia Virus. Additional cover against Feline Leukaemia Virus is also recommended for any cats that might be in danger of coming into contact with this virus.
However, as vaccines have become more widely used around the world, concerns have mounted regarding the potential for adverse effects. In general, adverse reactions to vaccines are rare, and are usually mild and short-lived, but it is now well-recognised that some cats can develop a malignant cancer (Feline Injection Site Sarcoma) at sites where they have had an injection, and that vaccines can be a cause of this. Reducing the number of vaccines given to an individual cat through its lifetime may help to reduce the risk of an adverse reaction, so recently there has been increased interest in finding ways to tailor a cat’s vaccinations more specifically to its individual needs, rather than to adopt a “one size fits all”, “every vaccine every year” approach.
This webinar will review the vaccines that are commonly used in the UK – what they do, how well they work, and how long they last.
– Understand the benefits of vaccinations against cat flu, feline panleukopenia and feline leukemia viruses and how well each vaccine works
– Know the difference between “live” and “killed” vaccines, their advantages and limitations
– Know how long the immunity from different vaccines lasts and how frequently they should be repeated
– Feline Injection Site Sarcoma – know what to look for, when to worry and what to do.
Speaker : Martha Cannon BA, VetMB, DSAM(fel), MRCVS
Martha is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine and the co-founder of the Oxford Cat Clinic. She is passionate about cats, and not long after graduating from Cambridge University she gained the RCVS Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. In 2002 Martha gained the RCVS Diploma in Small Animal Medicine (Feline), and attained RCVS Recognised Specialist Status.