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#YourPetsBestLife Summit on Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

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    June 19, 2022 7:03 PM EDT

    The pain of arthritis (osteoarthritis or "OA") adversely impacts the lives of dogs and cats as well as the activities we can share in with them. Pets that "slow down" typically don't enjoy things like they used to ... they no longer seem to be able to run on the beach, play in the park, hike, or even just enjoy a leisurely walk with us! Heck, they may no longer be able to jump onto the bed or comfortably make their way upstairs with us when we turn in for the evening. But there is hope for these animals - beyond a prescription of "pain pills."

    None of us have to simply settle or accept that the pet in our care should be slowing down due to painful arthritis, and we're here to teach you how you can better help dogs and cats enjoy their best quality of life ... with less pain.


    VetVine's #YourPetsBestLife Series is here to inspire you to keep hope alive! Throughout this series you will learn from renowned veterinary experts about all that we can and should be doing to help our four-legged BFFs not just live with pain but thrive and enjoy a quality of life with their human counterparts. The series includes 5 sessions (plus an additional 6th session for veterinary professionals only).

    The Summit will be held live, online and recorded for viewing On Demand (after the live air dates). Sessions will be held on Tuesday evenings and will include time for Q&A with the panel of experts.

    Session 1:  Arthritis in Dogs and Cats: Awareness and Early Recognition 

    View On Demand

    Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, IVCA, CCRT, CVPP
    Margaret Gruen, DVM, 

    In this first session, we'll learn all about:

    - The obvious and not so obvious signs of pain including postures and behaviors
    - When to intervene and with what? How to best approach each individual, and components of an exam and thorough evaluation
    - Behavior as an indicator of arthritis pain in dogs and cats: cats are not small dogs and each species can demonstrate different signs

    Session 2:  Optimizing Diagnostics for Maximizing Care and Outcomes of Animals with OA

    View On Demand

    Jennifer Johnson, VMD, CVPP
    Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, IVCA, CCRT, CVPP
    Rebecca Windsor, DVM, DACVIM (Neurology / Neurosurgery)
    Dominque Sawyere, BVSc, MS, DACVS-SA

    The focus of this second session will be on the importance of performing diagnostics, and discussion will include:

    - The critical importance of diagnostics

    - Tools to assess and measure pain in dogs and cats

    - Tips for optimizing radiographs - improving efficiency and making the process low stress for all

    - Differentiating orthopedic from neurologic conditions and when a neurologist can be helpful

    - Surgeons to the rescue - their role in diagnostics and when / how surgical intervention can be curative for the pain of OA


    Session 3:  Pain Management Strategies - Where to start and how to approach the pain of OA

    Tuesday, September 13, 2022 @ 7:30p-9:30p ET

    Presenter: James Gaynor, DVM, MS, DACVAA, DAIPM, CVA, CVPP

    This session will delve deeper into creating an understanding about maladaptive pain, its impact on an animal's quality of life, and how we can manage it through the use of:

    - Medications including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs); amantadine, gabapentin

    - What veterinarians can and should be incorporating in their practices for addressing maladaptive pain

    - Supplements and an evidence-based approach to their use - when, why, and how to use them in combination

    - Advanced OA management including joint injections for cartilage protection and stem cell therapy

    Session 4:  OA Treatment Strategies - Physical medicine, rehab, and other integrative modalities. What can we do and how can owners afford it all?

    Tuesday, September 20, 2022 @ 7:30p-9:30p ET

    Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, IVCA, CCRT, CVPP
    Lindsey Fry, DVM, cVMA, CVPP
    Leilani Alvarez, DVM, DACVSMR, cVMA, CCRT
    Wendy Hauser, DVM

    This session will delve into the wide array of options available to help pets with osteoarthritis and how to incorporate them into a treatment plan. Discussion will include:

    - Conditions best treated with physical medicine including acupuncture, shockwave therapy, rehabilitation exercises, laser therapy, and pulsed electromagnetic field therapy

    - How to help dogs and cats that cannot take NSAIDs - alternative therapies to consider including supplements and low dose Naltrexone

    - How can owners afford all of this care? 


    Session 5:  More OA Treatment Strategies and What the Future Holds

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 @ 7:30p-9:30p ET


    Matthew Brunke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRP, CVPP, CVA
    Lindsey Fry, DVM, cVMA, CVPP
    Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, IVCA, CCRT, CVPP
    Margaret Gruen, DVM, MVPH, PhD, DACVB

    This session will continue the conversation on innovative treatment approaches to managing pain in dogs and cats and how we can alter the course of the disease.  Discussion will include:

    - Novel drug therapies

    - Use of lasers in the veterinary office and what owners can do at home

    - Injectable joint therapies

    - Other novel drug treatments

    Session 6:  For Veterinary Professionals only:
    Osteoarthritis - The Economics and Strategies for Leveraging Your Team 

    Tuesday, October 11, 2022 @ 7:30p-9:30p ET


    Marie Bartling, DVM, cVMA, IVCA, CCRT, CVPP                   
    Lindsey Fry, DVM, cVMA, CVPP 
    Wendy Hauser, DVM

    Managing osteoarthritis in dogs and cats requires a team effort as well as a multimodal approach to diagnosis and to treatment. This segment will serve to provide veterinary caregivers with insights on how to convey value in the services you provide and improve client acceptance of your recommendations. Discussion will include:

    - Diagnostics and the value they provide to your clients, patients, and the practice

    - How to leverage the veterinary team to talk about arthritis with clients

    - The benefits to learning new skills and providing advanced care for your patients 

    - What all of this advanced care should cost and how to help clients afford it all

    - Strategies to improve client acceptance and adherence to your diagnostic and treatment recommendations


    This Program is approved for up to 9 hours of CE credit for veterinarians and veterinary technicians by AAVSB RACE, NY State, and the NJVMA. 


     - $119 - Non-CE credit option
    -  $169 - CE credit option - earn up to 9 hrs of RACE-approved CE credit  

    NON-VETERINARIANS (5 sessions - non-CE credit eligible) 
     - $39