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Posted on 04-10-2015

Dr. Christina Canis went to the American Animal Hospital Asssociation (AAHA) 2015 Veterinary Conference a few weeks ago and brought back helpful information to share with you, our clients!

Degenerative Joint Disease/Osteoarthritis in Cats

The signs of degenerative joint disease (DJD)/osteoarthritis in cats are very different than in dogs. Typically, owners do not observe lameness/limping in their cats when they have DJD. Instead, owners will notice that their cat does not move with fluidity or as much ease as he used to. The signs of pain in cats are more subtle than dogs, because of their tendancy to hide pain as a protective mechanism. This lecture discussed the signs of pain, how to assess feline pain in the veterinary hospital, and also for the owner at home, drugs that can be used to treat DJD in cats, as well as changes in the home environment that can make it easier for a cat with DJD to move around.  

Innovations in Wound Healing

Dr. Canis visited the conference Exhibit Hall and stopped at the Avalon Medical booth. Avalon Medical produces RediHeal. This is a borate-based biological glass nanofiber that promotes rapid, scar free healing while providing continuous, anti-microbial protection. Case studies involving green sea turtles revealed that the shells that were repaired using RediHeal showed improved wound healing compared to more traditional bandage methods. The average healing of green sea turtle shells was about 9 months, but with RediHeal was 6-7 months. It promotes increased blood supply to the wound, and provides a scaffolding for the development of healing tissue.

*Dr. Canis received a sample of this product, and is excited to use it for her patients that have a wound that is not responding to traditional wound repair.

Emergency/CPR Compression Points

One of the lectures that Dr. Canis attended was by a board-certified emergency veterinarian, Dr. Rudloff. Veterinary CPR recommendations have changed within the past year. This course was extremely helpful in ensuring that MVH veterinarians are up-to-date with actions to improve outcome with cardiopulmonary arrest.

 Natural Product For Anxiety/Separation Anxiety 

One of the most common general topics we get asked about is behavioral problems. Dr. Canis attended a lecture about separation anxiety, given by a board-certified veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Lisa Radosta. Dr. Radosta discussed the best ways to manage this type of anxiety with training/teaching relaxation, in combination with suitable drugs. One of the natural supplements that she uses regularly is Anxitane. This product is very palatable, takes about 2-4 weeks to take effect, and anecdotally, Dr. Radosta has seen an improvement in separation anxiety in many of her patients using this product.  Please reach out to MVH if you have any questions regarding separation anxiety and how to manage it as this lecture was very helpful and informational and has helped Dr. Canis to better formulate a plan with owners of patients that suffer from separation anxiety.

C-Sections in Dogs and Cats

Dr. Canis also attended a 4-lecture series with a board-certified veterinary surgeon, Dr. John Berg. This video http://youtu.be/L2i0I-9NynU details a Cesarean section. The series discussed prevention of hypothermia and hypertension during anesthesia (Dr. Canis was pleased that she was able to check off that MVH does every one of Dr. Berg’s recommendations to reduce the risk of anesthesia). Major surgeries that were discussed included gastrotomy and enterotomy (to remove foreign bodies), cystotomy (to remove bladder stones), perineal urethrostomy in male cats, C-section, and the latest recommendations regarding when to spay & neuter your pet.  

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