Feline Medicine & LEAP at Callaway Gardens

Feline Medicine & LEAP at Callaway Gardens

GVMA Traveling CE: Feline Medicine—Tony Buffington, DVM, MS, BS, PhD, DACVN
5 Hrs Medical CE + 2 Hrs LEAP CE
Sunday, October 28, 2018
7:30 am – 3:30 pm
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens

4500 Southern Pine Dr, Pine Mountain, GA 31822

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Call (866) 801-5313 and let them know you are with the GVMA to receive our special rate of $159.00 for Callaway Gardens Lodge Rooms and $119.00 for Mountain Creek Inn Rooms. All reservations should be made on or before the cutoff date of Friday, September 28, 2018. A Resort Fee of $7.50 per room, per night will also apply.


Dr. Tony Buffington is a clinical professor (volunteer) at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and an emeritus professor of veterinary clinical sciences at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. He received BS, MS, and PhD degrees in nutrition and the DVM degree from UC Davis, and is board-certified (now emeritus) in veterinary nutrition. His interests include developmental origins of health and disease, evidence-based medicine, and effective medical communications. His research has documented the effects of environmental stressors on disease in cats, and the role of effective environmental enrichment in mitigating them to promote recovery. He has published more than 130 scientific papers, 30 book chapters, 3 books, an online Cat Mastery course, and created the Indoor Pet Initiative website.


7:00 – 8:00 am: Registration/Check-In & Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 9:10 am: Acute Renal Failure Causes and Management
Pandora Syndrome in Cats, Part I: Diagnosis & Acute Care. Some of our feline patients with chronic problems present with multiple physical and behavioral comorbid disorders. These patient’s clinical signs may wax and wane with changes in their surroundings, suggesting that they may have an underlying “central sensitivity” syndrome. I will present some of the background research in cats with chronic bladder signs that led to the proposal that a “Pandora Syndrome” occurs in cats, and how to diagnose the syndrome. I will then share how to manage these patients when they are housed in our care to minimize their perception of threat and help them to cope with hospitalization to the extent possible.
Pandora Syndrome in Cats, Part II: Chronic Care. For a variety of reasons, cat owners usually assume that their cat has an acute problem, and expect a pharmaceutical “cure”. After stabilizing the cat, the next step is to help owners understand what is going on, and what they can do about it. I will then briefly discuss the many medical treatments that have been recommended for cats with Pandora Syndrome. We have found multimodal environmental modification (MEMO) to be effective treatment for cats with Pandora Syndrome. I will describe what this is, and how to help clients implement it.

9:10 – 9:30 am: Morning Break

9:30 – 11:10 am: Feline Urinary Obstruction: Emergency Management and Complications
Pandora Syndrome in Cats, Part III: Follow-up & Prevention. I will end this series by offering suggestions for how to monitor therapy of cats to assure the best possible outcome for the cat and their owner, and how the effectiveness of implementing MEMO influences prognosis for these cats. I will conclude with the best recommendations we currently have for preventing the development of Pandora Syndrome in cats by offering, assisting and coaching clients to enrich the environments of all pet cats in our care.
Nutrition and Disease Prevention: Focus on the Growth Period. I view the growth period as the most important opportunity to set our clients and patients up for a lifetime of satisfactory nutrition, healthy weight maintenance, and use of food and feeding as environmental enrichment for their cats. I will explain this perspective, share the evidence, and offer practical suggestions for helping clients and patients achieve these goals.

11:10 am – 12:20 pm: Lunch Break

12:20 – 1:10 pm: Diagnosing and Managing Anemia and Coagulation Disorders
Pet foods – What’s up with all the different diets? There has been a torrent of new diets for dogs and cats released in recent years, with all the attendant, and seemingly very effective, marketing hype. I will try to help attendees separate the “wheat from the chaff” about “human grade”, “real chicken”, “grain free” “organic” “ancestral” and other diets during this presentation.

ADDED BONUS: LEAP CE will immediately follow the last session!
1:30 – 3:30 pm
Speakers: Mark Murrah & Matt Thompson, Georgia Department of Agriculture
LEAP CE Topic: GDA & Companion Animal Regulations/Humane Care for Equine Act

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