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Sunday, August 13 • 10:40am - 11:30am
Arthritis in small animals: Is there more that we can do?

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A discussion of medical management of degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats.
This lecture will focus on the medical management of degenerative joint disease in dogs and cats.  As our patients age and advancements in veterinary medicine extend the length and quality of their lives, management of chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis become increasingly relevant to veterinarians.  The lecture will progress through a review of the importance of degenerative joint disease in our patients, followed by a reivew of current methods of controlling pain associated with arthritis.  Further, the role of nutraceuticals and dietary supplements will be discussed along with the relevant literature.  In association with this the importance of weight control as part of the management programme will be reviewed. Our understanding of the importance of physical therapies in managing osteoarthritis will also be discussed. This field of veterinary medicine has grown significantly in recent years and includes animal physiotherapy, and associated modalities such as therapeutic laser and hydrotherapy. Finally, a reivew of some of the potential future strategies for managing degenerative joint disease including the use of intra-articular therapies such as platelet rich plasma and mesenchymal stem cells.

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Stephen Fearnside

Director, Surgical Specialist and Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Veterinarian, Small Animal Specialist Hospital
Dr Stephen Fearnside graduated from The University of Sydney with first class honours in 1995. After working in rural practice for a few years, he completed a surgical internship at The Northern Sydney Veterinary Specialist Centre, followed in 2000, by a Small Animal Surgery Residency... Read More →

Sunday August 13, 2017 10:40am - 11:30am AEST
Room 6