The audience will be introduced to the biology of ageing and how the ageing process can potentially be manipulated and slowed down. Discussion will then move to assessing and monitoring the ageing process in the cat with a focus on middle age and the work of the Feline Healthy Ageing clinic at the University of Liverpool. Concluding with how this research can be adapted and applied in general practice.
10:45 - BREAK
Early detection of Chronic Kidney Disease in cats
Professor Jonathan Elliott MA, Vet MB, PhD, Cert SAC, Dip ECVPT, MRCVS
ROYAL CANIN® RENAL DETECT™
Vincent Biourge Royal Canin Scientific Director & Delphine Moniot Royal Canin Discover Program Manager
Recent breakthroughs in research and harnessing the power of data enables us to provide a new service coming this November, that detects if cats are at risk of developing CKD within 1 year
12:30 - LUNCH
ROYAL CANIN® VHN Mobility products
Hannah Poile Royal Canin Scientific Communications Manager
In this session, we will take a brief look at the ROYAL CANIN® products for the nutritional support of healthy joint function for cats and dogs.
A practical approach to joint disease in the consult room
Andrew Tomlinson BVSc CertAVP(GSAS) DipECVS MRCVS EBVS
14:30 - BREAK
Making the most of the senior cat consult
Sarah M. A. Caney BVSc PhD DSAM(Feline) MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine
Clinical and subclinical illness is common in cats aged 11 years and over. Many illnesses are gradual in onset and progression so clinical signs are often missed by carers or ascribed to ‘old age’. Any and all opportunities to assess senior cats should be embraced as a chance to identify these and commence management. Questionnaires can help to save time in history taking and should include questions on behaviour, mobility and eyesight in addition to standard questions. Where possible, physical examination should start with measurement of systolic blood pressure and include a mobility/joint assessment. Blood and urine profiles are recommended every 6-12 months to look for common older cat illnesses including chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. Unfortunately it is common for multiple problems to be identified in the same cat and this can complicate management. Tips for managing cats with concurrent disease will be included in the presentation. Management of many conditions benefits quality of life and may also extend lifespan in some situations. Practising high standards of senior cat care is highly rewarding for clinicians, carers and their cats.
The Importance of Early Detection
Rebekah Mack, DVM, DACVIM-SAIM and Sylvia Conway BSc BVetMed MRCVS
Thanks to increased client awareness and compliance, preventative care (or ‘wellness’) testing is becoming more widely accepted and more widely implemented by veterinary practices. This session summarizes the main benefits of preventative testing for the client, the patient, and the veterinary team.