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Feline Senior Care Guidelines

Feline Senior Care Guidelines

Feline Senior Care Guidelines

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Industry Specialist
on behalf of VetMedTeam

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Launch date: 03 Sep 2015

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Last updated: 10 Mar 2018

Reference: 160647

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Dr James O'Bryan DVM (10 Mar 2018)
More cats are living into old age than ever before, and the strong bond owners have with their elderly companions gives veterinarians the opportunity to provide optimal care for these patients. With the current knowledge base in feline medicine and the commitment of owners toward their older pets, veterinarians can extend and improve the quality of life for senior cats. Many, if not most, geriatric cats have multiple medical conditions, and managing them is where the art and science of veterinary practice meet.
Dr Jennifer Foltz DVM (15 Feb 2018)
Useful information about feline senior care
Masie Custis (19 Jan 2018)
Very complete information

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Course Availability

This course is only available to trainees days after purchase. It would need to be repurchased by the trainee if not completed in the allotted time period. This course is no longer available. You will need to repurchase if you wish to take the course again.

Description

More cats are living into old age than ever before, and the strong bond owners have with their elderly companions gives veterinarians the opportunity to provide optimal care for these patients. With the current knowledge base in feline medicine and the commitment of owners toward their older pets, veterinarians can extend and improve the quality of life for senior cats. Many, if not most, geriatric cats have multiple medical conditions, and managing them is where the art and science of veterinary practice meet.

Challenging it may be, but also incredibly rewarding when the veterinary team and owner working together see the tremendous impact on the cat's life. Many cats live for years with good management of multiple chronic medical conditions. The veterinary practice team plays a pivotal role in the health and wellbeing of cats as they age. It is crucial that every practice sets up feline aging protocols regarding physical examination, diagnostic recommendations, medical management, and client education. Each person on the practice team has a role to play in the delivery of those protocols. Every interaction with the owner of a senior cat should be geared towards offering the very best care possible, allowing the owner to make a well-informed decision as to the level of care desired.

Providing excellent care of the senior cat benefits not only the cat and its owner but the practice as well. The American Association of Feline Practitioners has developed a set of general guidelines for the care of the aging cat. The guidelines are an excellent foundation for the development of senior cat protocols. The guidelines form the core of this course. Combined with additional components, this course will help train every member of the practice team. "Old age is not a disease" may be an oft repeated phrase, but it is still an important message of the AAFP senior guidelines.

PLEASE NOTE: This course contains flash based Articulate presentations. iPhones and iPads are not natively flash compatible but if a flash compatible browser has been installed on the iPad the presentations will play correctly. This link Flash on iPads provides information on flash compatible browsers. The presentations may also be viewed on a Mac.

Objectives

On completion of this course the learner will be able to:
1. Discuss general age classifications, general age related changes and the differing medical needs of the older cat
2. Explain the importance of timely wellness visits
3. Outline the components of a thorough senior cat physical examination and the right questions to ask owners
4. Establish preliminary wellness visit physical exam protocols
5. Name the components of the Minimum Database recommendations and explain how to evaluate the results
6. Explain the importance of nutrition and the impact of weight related issues
7. Discuss dental and anesthetic considerations for the senior cat
8. Outline the monitoring and management of common senior cat diseases and conditions
9. Identify the general factors in complex disease management
10. Describe quality of life considerations
11. Educate other team members and clients regarding the special needs and considerations of the senior cat
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The AAFP Senior Care Guidelines report, on which this course is based, was reviewed and approved by the Guidelines Committee and the Board of Directors of the American Association of Feline Practitioners.

Authors: Jeanne Pittari, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice) - wrote the course examination and reviewed and approved the course presentations; Ilona Rodan, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice); Gerard Beekman, DVM; Danielle Gunn-Moore, BVM&S, PhD, MACVSc, MRCVS, RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine; David Polzin, DVM, PhD, DACVIM-SAIM; Joseph Taboada, DVM, DACVIM-SAIM; Helen Tuzio, DVM, DABVP (Feline Practice); Debra Zoran, DVM, PhD, DACVIM-DAIM.

Current Accreditations

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:

  • AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE)
  • 2.00 Hours -
    Exam Attempts: 3
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    Exam Pass Rate: 70

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User Reviews (16)

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Dr James O'Bryan DVM (10 Mar 2018)
More cats are living into old age than ever before, and the strong bond owners have with their elderly companions gives veterinarians the opportunity to provide optimal care for these patients. With the current knowledge base in feline medicine and the commitment of owners toward their older pets, veterinarians can extend and improve the quality of life for senior cats. Many, if not most, geriatric cats have multiple medical conditions, and managing them is where the art and science of veterinary practice meet.
Dr Jennifer Foltz DVM (15 Feb 2018)
Useful information about feline senior care
Masie Custis (19 Jan 2018)
Very complete information
Ms Rachel Brown (14 Dec 2017)
i enjoyed this course as it was relevant to my interests
Dr Daniel Schenkman D.V.M., Ph.D. (8 Dec 2017)
Useful course covering much information.
Jessica Daul (7 Dec 2017)
Excellent review of Senior Cat Care Guidelines
Dr Henry Snelgrove DVM, CTCVMP (11 Nov 2017)
excellent overall approach to senior cat medicine.
Mrs Melissa Rudner Cvt (4 Nov 2017)
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Dr Jennifer Henry (3 Oct 2017)
very good CE
Dr SEONGKUK PARK (4 Aug 2017)
This is good for overall view for senior cats management!
Dr jane banghart (5 Jul 2017)
It took some time to create an account and the navigation of the course was more complicated than expected
Dr Greg Mobley (15 Jun 2017)
Would recommend, gives a well rounded course about senior feline care
Dr Anne Gard (12 Jun 2017)
Excellent overview of senior feline care.
Dr Chelsea Moran(Woiwood) (5 Jun 2017)
Great course that provides excellent downloadable resources and reminds the change in care necessary for senior felines.
Dr Sarah Summers (1 Jun 2017)
Very good review
Dr Lyle Zitek (19 May 2017)
Good

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