In behavioral referral practice, many of the observed cases have undiagnosed pain as a contributing factor. Caregivers and veterinarians often assume that osteoarthritis manifests itself as a limp or reduced mobility, such as being unable to walk or jump. While this is often the case, it's not the only presentation. Recognizing where behavioral changes might indicate underlying osteoarthritis is critical to improving our detection of this important disease.
This CPD webinar discusses some of the behavioral changes that may indicate pain, such as: B. the onset of fear responses, sleep disturbances, and changes in social interactions with dogs and humans. It also examines how general veterinary practices can improve the identification of cases of osteoarthritis by asking specific questions about behavioral changes and addressing customer comments that may indicate significant patient pain may be occurring.
About the speaker
Sarah Heath BVSc DipECAWBM(BM) PGCert Vet Ed CCAB FHEA FRCVS
Owner and Clinical Director, Behavioral Referral Veterinary Practice
Sarah Heath qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from Bristol University in 1988 and founded the Behavioral Referrals Veterinary Practice in 1992. She sees clinical cases across North West England and beyond through consultations on video platforms. In 2018 she received her FRCVS for meritorious contributions to the profession in recognition of her work in establishing behavioral medicine as a veterinary discipline. She is an RCVS and EBVS® European Veterinary Specialist in Behavioral Medicine and Associate Lecturer in Small Animal Behavioral Medicine at Liverpool University Undergraduate Veterinary Medicine. In 2019 she obtained her Postgraduate Certificate in Veterinary Education. Sarah has a particular interest in the interplay between emotional and physical illness in dogs and cats.
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