We Continue to Learn for Your Pets

Posted by on Mar 29, 2012 in Dr. Pat's Blog | 0 comments

Lyme disease, Lepto...and Half Dome March 2012 CVMA Spring Symposium

We’ve all been busy attending lectures and meetings so we can provide the best service to you and your pets.  There’s always something new to learn, and we all look forward to bringing new knowledge back to the hospital.  Here are some examples of what we’ve been up to lately:

Andrea and Kelly attended an all-day meeting in February that was put on by our local specialty referral practice, SAGE Centers for Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Care.  Topics included emergency care, wound management, and  seizure management.  Dr. Nora and I also attended, hearing about the latest in Cushing’s Disease management, middle ear infections, cat behavior, and  more.  There were over 300 veterinarians and technicians who attended this year, making for a lively and interesting day.  We’ve started a new procedure for CPR emergencies in our hospital based on what we learned here.

Monte, Andrea, and Kelly recently had a lunch time sit-down with the Iames Prescription Diet folks.  They keep current with diets used to treat specific medical conditions so they can answer your questions if you use one of these diets for your pet.  They also attended a lecture about the new vaccine recommendations (see Dr. Pat’s first blog post).

Dr. Kathleen attends monthly continuing education on a variety of topics.  As veterinarians, we have to complete 36 hours of continuing education every 2 years to keep our licenses current.  It takes time to plan and attend, but it also keeps us fresh and up-to-date on current topics.  She brought back the latest recommendations on drug treatment for skin disease, as well as the latest recommendations for diagnosis and treatment of Methicillan-resistant Staph infections (MERSA) in pets.

In addition to the SAGE meeting in February,  I just got back from a 3-day meeting in Yosemite (it’s tough, but someone has to do it).  Topics covered included the tick-borne diseases (Lyme Disease, Erlichia, and Babesiosis), Leptospirosis, as well as skin allergy medicine.  Because we don’t see many tick-borne diseases in our area, this was an excellent review of these important topics.  Soon after I returned,  a dog who had lived in Honduras for the last 3 years came to the hospital because it was bleeding from his gums.  Erlichia is a very common dog disease in Central America , and I was able to diagnose and treat it because of my recent review of the disease.

All of us love to learn the latest information available to help you keep your pets healthy and happy.  We’ll keep going to meeting to provide you with the best and most choices possible.