Small Animal Program

Getting Through the Golden Years: Care for Geriatric Patients, Hospice Patients, and Their Caregivers

Mary Gardner, DVM
Sheilah Robertson, BVMS (hons), PhD, DACVAA, DECVAA, DACAW, DECAWBM (WSEL), CVA, MRCVS

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Anesthesia for Senior and Geriatric Patients: Why Are They Different? (2 hours) 

With the aging process there are changes in body composition, the central nervous system, cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal, and thermoregulatory systems. These occur “below the surface” even in healthy geriatric patients but have a significant impact on the uptake, distribution, elimination, and requirement of drugs. Decreased vital capacity of organs leaves this population less able to respond to stressors. In this session you will learn how to create suitable anesthetic and analgesic protocols for older patients and how to solve issues during the perianesthetic period.

Creating and Marketing a Geriatric Friendly and Safe Practice (2 hours) 

The senior and geriatric pet population is the largest yet almost half of them are not seen by their veterinarian in the last 10% of their life. We have a great opportunity to enhancement the clinic environment, safety, and marketing to encourage the aging pet population and their families to see their veterinarian more during this fragile time period. Many are weak, wobbly, painful, and scared but in this lecture, we will suggest small enhancements to make your clinic safe and friendly to our senior and geriatric pets!

The 5 Ingredients of Hospice (1 hour)

Veterinary hospice care is a unique case approach centered around education, preparation, and support for the pet nearing their end of life and the client dealing with saying goodbye. Understanding what this service includes and what it does not include will help veterinary professionals solidify their role as animal advocators, strengthen the human animal bond, and maintain the highest level of client care. Hospice is not about prolonging suffering but maintaining a good quality of life until the end!

Caregiver Burden: When Loving Hurts (1 hour) 

Until one has managed a terminally ill or geriatric pet, you cannot fully appreciate the toll it has on caregivers. The burden caregivers have can lead to more depression and anxiety than the passing of the pet. How can you and the whole staff identify the needs of the caregiver and support them properly throughout this time?

Pain Management in the Face of an Opioid Crisis

Speakers: James Gaynor, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DAIPM, CCBDC

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Opioids: A Love/Hate Relationship (2 hours)

This session will detail commonly used veterinary opioids. Participants will review the basic physiology, then detail similarities and differences, advantages and disadvantages. The importance of opioids in veterinary medicine will also be discussed, along with ideas on how to manage during an opioid availability crisis.

NSAIDS and Beyond for Inflammation Control (2 hours)

This session will detail commonly used veterinary NSAIDS and non NSAID approaches to inflammation. Participants will review the basic physiology, then detail similarities and differences, advantages, and disadvantages. The importance of anti0inflammatories in veterinary medicine will also be discussed, along with ideas on how to provide an effective anti-inflammatory effect without an NSAID.

Taking Part in the Resurgence of Local Anesthesia (1 hour)

This session will describe the importance of local anesthetic block implementation into everyday practice, and its urgency during an opioid availability crisis. Comparison of commonly used local anesthetics including advantages and disadvantages will be detailed. The newer long acting bupivacaine will be presented. Some common local anesthetic myths will be discussed. Common local anesthetic blocks will be described.

Navigating the Medical Cannabis Quagmire (1 hour)

Veterinarians are constantly bombarded by clients and producers concerning cannabis, especially hemp-based CBD. This session will provide an overview of important concepts regarding CBD including history, legal aspects, terminology, basic physiology, uses, and current small animal data.

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