8:30-10:00 a.m.
Growing Old with Grace – What we know about CDS in Pets

Cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) is a neurodegenerative disorder of senior dogs and cats characterized by gradual and progressive cognitive decline.  In this seminar we’ll look at clinical signs / clinical cases, prevalence, risks factors, pathological changes in the aging brain and importance of twice yearly senior screening will be reviewed.  In addition, we will examine research methodologies by which cognitive decline has been assessed and treatment effect can be evaluated in the dog and cat.

10:15-11:15 a.m.
Assessing Pain in Cats and Dogs and the Behavioral Effects of Pain
Mary Ellen Goldberg BS, LVT, CVT, SRA, CCRA, CVPP, VTS-lab animal medicine (research anesthesia), VTS-physical rehabilitation

Pain, in any animal species, can demand all the patient’s attention. It can cripple the individual, often making them unable to focus on anything else. Pain can be acute, chronic or neuropathic. Behavioral changes are currently the principal indicator of pain and its course of improvement or progression, and the basis for recently validated pain scores. The management of pain requires a continuum of care that includes anticipation, early intervention, and evaluation of response on an individual patient basis. A team-oriented approach, including the owner, is essential for maximizing the recognition, prevention and treatment of pain in animals. This lecture will attempt to illustrate pain behaviors that everyone in practice can use for identification.

11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m.

Help for Geriatric Pets: Hind-End Strengthening for Dogs and TTouch Bodywork for Aging Dogs and Cats
Lori Stevens CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT

Dogs lose hind-end strength as they age. Simple hind-end fitness exercises can improve strength and therefore function for most aging dogs. Both dogs and cats can benefit from TTouch bodywork. TTouch improves body awareness, helps calm anxious animals, and helps soothe aching joints and muscles.

1:30-3:45 p.m.
Two groups rotate through hour long sessions:  
Hind-End Strengthening for Dogs: IN ACTION with Lori Stevens
Assessing Pain in Cats and Dogs: Video Analysis with Mary Ellen Goldberg

Saturday October 6, 2018

8:30-10:00 a.m.
Coping with Pet Dementia – Managing and Treatment of Clinical Signs

Treating clinical signs of cognitive dysfunction is focused in three areas … behavioural, medications, and supplements for cognitive dysfunction and medical options for adjunctive therapy to manage clinical signs.  This seminar will focus primarily on the behavioural and medical options for treatment of signs of cognitive dysfunction including cases presented with cognitive signs.

10:15-11:00 a.m.
Can You Hear Me Now? A Proactive Approach to Sensory Decline Using Diverse Sensory Cues
Sarah Owings, KPA CTP

When your faithful companion no longer comes when called, or seemingly refuses to sit when asked, it can elicit feelings of confusion, frustration, anger, and even hopelessness. Helping pet owners identify when sensory decline may be impacting their dogs' responsiveness to traditional training cues, can also encourage them to take a more proactive approach to senior care in general.  Many people don't realize that there are alternatives to verbal commands, such as tactile, visual, and/or scent-related cues. As pets age, teaching more diverse sensory cues can go a long way towards keeping communication channels open between dogs and their owners, enhancing quality of life, and strengthening the human-animal bond. 

11:15 a.m. -12 p.m.
Great Expectations: The Power of Predictive Cues for Husbandry Care
Sarah Owings, KPA CTP

In the world of positive reinforcement training, there are two main types of cues: action cues, such as “sit," that signal when a reinforcement opportunity is available for performing a behavior, and informational, or predictive cues, that tell an animal what is about to happen next.  Predictive cues can be as simple as allowing animals to see your hands before touching or restraining them. They can also be carefully conditioned in advance, utilizing best practices for counter-conditioning and desensitization, and then used proactively to prevent negative associations with grooming or veterinary procedures from occurring in the first place. When it comes to husbandry care, such as grooming, veterinary exams, or even simply putting on equipment, predictive cues can help pets better tolerate intrusive procedures without stress. Predictive cues are particularly helpful with pets experiencing sensory decline that may be more easily startled when being handled. 

1:00-3:15 p.m.
Two groups rotate through hour long sessions.
Great Expectations: The Power of Predictive Cues for Husbandry Care: IN ACTION with Sarah Owings

In this lab participants will get hands on experience in how to effectively condition and utilize predictive cues for husbandry care with dogs. Exercises covered will be: 
- How and when to use basic predictive cues in interactions with dogs that have no formal training, and also when not to use them. 
- How to proactively condition predictive cues to help prevent issues with grooming or husbandry care later on. 
- How to diagnose and repair predictive cues that accidentally get poisoned due to an aversive experience. 

Senior Wellness: Is it enriching?
Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP

Maintaining a good quality of life as a patient ages is the goal of most veterinary professionals. Purposeful enrichment is a great way to help meet this goal and should be added to all senior wellness plans. Enrichment can enhance the pet’s brain and body and strengthen the human-animal bond.

3:45-4:45 p.m.
I saw the signs!  Medical differentials for signs of cognitive dysfunction in the senior pet

Cognitive dysfunction syndrome is diagnosed first by identifying clinical signs and then by ruling out any medical conditions that might cause or contribute to the signs.  In this seminar we will review the medical differentials for cognitive signs and the signs that medical conditions might cause.   

Friday October 5, 2018

Sunday October 7, 2018

8:30-10 a.m.
Children and Pets- Trouble in Paradise
Victoria L Voith DVM PhD DACVB

A clinician’s guide to spotting potential trouble and heading-off problems. This lecture will discuss common problems of dogs and cats involving children that often are presented to veterinarians. Recognizing signs during a hospital visit, methodologies for uncovering potential problems, responses to owners’ concerns, and preventative strategies that can be initiated by the veterinarian.

10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Kids and Pets: Relationships aren’t born, they’re made
Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS (Behavior), KPA-CTP

Everyone enjoys seeing an endearing photo of children and pets mutually enjoying each other’s company. A safe, reciprocal relationship where the pet and child choose and benefit from sharing each other’s company is a common goal for families. Veterinary professionals can be excellent guides to educate and support families toward this goal. Gaining effective knowledge and delivering it proactively to growing families benefits the family, the pet and the public’s health.

Accreditation for 2018 meeting 

RACE: 15.5 hours

   IAABC: 17 CEUs

CCPDT: Training:  12 CEUs

CCPDT: Behavior:  5 CEUs

 Program:  October 2018