I’m back in Pennsylvania and enjoying this gorgeous weather! The AAFP conference was great, but I was happy to bid adieu to the 90 degree Texan weather. The final day of the conference was devoted to feline nutrition, an essential topic especially given the obesity epidemic in our feline friends.
It’s day two of the AAFP conference, and today was entirely devoted to pain management in cats. All of the lectures I attended today were given by the same speaker, Dr. Robin Downing. The good news is that Dr. Downing is a fantastic lecturer so our eight hours together flew by. The bad news is that there weren’t enough hours in the day for her to answer all of the questions evoked by her groundbreaking talks on pain management!
Hello from Dallas! I’m in Texas, attending the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) annual conference, and I couldn’t be more excited about it. I positively love to learn, especially about our particularly unique and challenging feline friends. The AAFP is an amazing organization of devoted, caring veterinarians who care deeply about feline medicine, surgery, behavior and the general happiness of domestic cats. They are an outstanding resource for small animal veterinarians and I’m thrilled to be a first-time attendee at their conference.
Many dog owners can attest to the fact that taking Fido for a walk can be a real drag, primarily because many dogs pull their owners as if they are hoping for a first place Iditarod finish. This is particularly true of large breed dogs, but there are a few smaller breeds that can pull with the best of them. There are a variety of ways to help with this issue, including appropriate training, but there are also certain leashes and harnesses designed to prevent Fido from dragging you down the block.
There are certain misconceptions we hear about over and over again from our fantastic and devoted clients. (E.g., “No, garlic does not prevent fleas – if it did, we’d all be using it” and “No, cats do not urinate on the carpet because they are spiteful!”) Heartworm disease is one of these topics, evoking a good amount of confusion and misunderstanding on the part of pet owners. While this disease can be serious, and sometimes fatal, the good news is that there are safe, virtually 100% effective preventative medications available. Here are some of the most frequently misunderstood aspects of heartworm disease in our pet dogs and cats: