Osteoarthritis recognition and management in cats for vets
19th September 2018, 8pm
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common problem, estimated to affect more than 90% of elderly cats. Diagnosis is not always straightforward as recognition of pain is difficult in cats, and cats affected by OA tend to adjust their lifestyle rather than showing specific signs of OA. Management options for OA include environmental modification, joint supplements, therapeutic diets and analgesics. Use of analgesics can be complicated by presence of concurrent illnesses, most common of which would be chronic kidney disease. This presentation will update practitioners on how best to diagnose and manage this condition, focusing on older cats.
Canine Arthritis- How to make those difficult consults easier
26th September 2018, 8pm
Osteoarthritis is the most common musculoskeletal condition a veterinarian is likely to see. With 80% of dogs over the age of 8 estimated to be suffering from the disease it is a frequent visitor to our consult room. Some of these cases arrive with the intention to discuss the disease in hand, but many arrive for differing complaints and the vet is the first person to pick up that there is a problem that needs addressing. Whatever the situation, communication with the owner is key in successful management of these cases long term, but it is often an area of gross misunderstanding on both parties.
This webinar is aimed at veterinary professionals interested in improving their owner communication skills and ultimately achieving improved owner compliance
Navigating a minefield of promises
3rd October 2018, 8pm
Osteoarthritis is likely to affect all mammals that have articulating joints. With 80 % of dogs over the age suffering the disease, it is a condition that few owners will be lucky to avoid. Significant advances are being made in the field of arthritis, but there is still no cure, only management options.
Management options can be lifestyle changes, weight control, modified exercise as well as diets, supplements and supportive therapies. It is a vast industry with opportunities for false promises hidden in stunning marketing that vulnerable owners may find hard to identify.
In this webinar we attempt to offer you the owner a safe pathway to follow that highlights what we know is safe and effective to enable you to identify potential wasted investment.
Canine osteoarthritis and surgery
10th October 2018, 8pm
By Charlie Sale BVMS, CertSAO, DipECVS, MRCVS of Oakwood Veterinary Referrals will be discussing Canine osteoarthritis and surgery
We will be considering Surgical aspects of canine osteoarthritis in this talk.
Clinically significant osteoarthritis leads to pain and lameness with associated reduced quality of life. The majority of canine OA is secondary osteoarthritis. This is arthritis and degenerative joint disease occurring secondary to an underlying condition or injury.
Arthritis occurs when a joint’s ability to transfer normal physiological loads repeatedly without sustaining damage has been lost leading to or because of damaged structure(s) and ultimately disrupted mechanical function and pain results and lameness ensues.
Surgical aspects and decision making we will consider include; interventions in primary developmental joint disease (eg diagnostic and therapeutic arthroscopic surgery for Shoulder OCD or Elbow dysplasia with medial aspect of coronoid fragmentation); Interventions to improve congruence through corrective osteotomy or improved stability (eg dynamic ulna osteotomy in short ulna syndrome, patella luxation, tibial plateau levelling