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TECH139-0607 : FLUTD: "Whole" Cat Management

Geneva Keene Acor, DVM, MS

June 18-July 9, 2007
Real Time Sessions: Friday evenings, June 22 & 29; 9:30pm-11:00pm ET (USA)


Urinary problems in cats including inappropriate elimination are the most frequently reported problem according to pet insurance records and also the most frequent cause for giving up a pet. Multiple causes have been identified including physical or pathological conditions, environmental changes, and behavioral situations. For success in case management, all of these factors must be considered in the patient history and patient assessment. The course presents an overview of the contributing conditions and development of a complete patient history and patient assessment. Current information on the incidence of physical or pathological causes is provided and a brief overview of recommended clinical tests. Nutrition has a long history of effectiveness in case management. Options for nutrition recommendations and the clinical evidence to support the various options are presented. "Whole Cat" case management includes defining common environmental and behavioral situations in addition to physical and pathological problems and recommendations. Common environmental and behavioral situations are included in the Whole Cat Case Management examples.

The course includes two (2) 90-minute real time interactive sessions, course specific message boards and library, and transcripts of the real time sessions. It is directed to veterinary technicians and practice nutritional counselors. However, veterinary support staff including receptionists and assistants who may have responsibilities in pet owner education are also encouraged to participate.

Upon completion of this class, the participant should be able to:

TEXTBOOKS: There is no required text for this course. The instructor highly recommends the following texts.

Recommended Text:
Hand & Novotny. (2002). Pocket Companion to Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Ed, (available through the VIN Store at a significant discount to participants in this course through a generous educational grant from Hill's Pet Nutrition, Inc.) Use this VIN Store link to purchase this text:

Additional recommended text (the large full text is an essential for veterinary libraries):
Hand, Thatcher, Remillard, & Roudebush. Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 4th Ed., Available at ISBN 0-945837-05-4 ISBN 0-945837-05-4

Week 1: Urolithiasis and idiopathic cystitis as physical or pathological causes of urinary problems
Content: This session will review the current information on the relative incidence of urolithiasis (urinary stones) and idiopathic cystitis. Recommended procedures to identify or eliminate these causative factors will be presented. Nutrition options and clinical evidence supporting the recommendation will be presented. One case example will be used to demonstrate the principles involved including calculations of appropriate amount of food. .

Week 2: Overview of environmental and behavioral situations
Content: This session will review common environmental and behavioral situations that may contribute to inappropriate elimination. Two case examples will be presented to demonstrate the concept of "Whole Cat Management."


Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.

$56 ($50 early bird special if registered before May 21, 2007)
** NOTE: REGISTRATION CLOSES June 4, 2007 (or earlier if the maximum participant number is reached) so that we may mail course materials to you prior to the first real time session. Course materials are provided FREE by Hill'sTM Pet Nutrition, Inc.
* Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status). You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program director's name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.

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