Lower urinary tract disease in dogs and cats: Taking the stress out of the spasm!

8 weeksInternal Medicine

A detailed look at the causes, investigation and management of lower urinary tract disease (LUTD) in dogs and cats.

LUTD is a very common reason for patients to present in small animal practice; so this course will contain many practical tips and tricks to enable the diagnosis and management of the many disorders that can cause LUTD in cats and dogs. We will discuss many different aspects of LUTD, including the management of urinary tract infections and the challenge whether antibiotics are really indicated. The types of uroliths that effect dogs and cats are varied, so we will review the most up to date management strategies. The management of feline lower urinary tract disease remains challenging. Danielle will unlock what we really know about feline idiopathic cystitis aka Stress Cystitis and consider the evidence base and practicality of treating this frustrating condition.

The course is run by our very own Scott Kilpatrick (EBVS and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Small Animal Internal Medicine) and Professor Danièlle A Gunn-Moore (RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine). The course runs over an eight-week period and takes around 8 hours to complete. It is delivered via video webinars and supplemented with discussion forums and live Q&A chats with the course tutors, giving you the opportunity to ask questions or discuss cases you may be facing in your practice.

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Course Content

Lesson 1: Lower urinary tract infections… step away from the antibiotics Available on 18/10/2021 8:00 am 18/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Learn about the most effective ways to investigate infections of the urinary tract. How do you differentiate between asymptomatic bacteriuria and a UTI?
  • Understand how to make the best decisions regarding antibiotic choice.
  • Review the best way to investigate and manage recurrent infections.
Lesson 2: Urolithiasis… from allopurinol to xanthine Available on 25/10/2021 8:00 am 25/10/2021
learning outcomes
  • Be confident in understanding the different uroliths that affect dogs and cats.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of options for investigation of urolithiasis.
  • Understand the best options for medical and surgical management.
Lesson 3: Disorders of micturition Available on 01/11/2021 8:00 am 01/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Review the pathophysiology of micturition.
  • Consolidate your knowledge of the investigation and management of bladder storage diseases.
  • Review the reasons for abnormal bladder emptying and how to treat these conditions.
Lesson 4: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thurs 11/11/21 @8pm GMT)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!
Lesson 5: Feline Idiopathic Cystitis… When to stress (part 1) Available on 15/11/2021 8:00 am 15/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Review the evidence base for drug therapies in FIC
  • Consolidate your decision making on the most appropriate dietary recommendations.
  • What longer term behavioural and environmental recommendations should be made.
Lesson 6: Feline Idiopathic Cystitis… When to stress (part 2) Available on 22/11/2021 8:00 am 22/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Review the evidence base for drug therapies in FIC
  • Consolidate your decision making on the most appropriate dietary recommendations.
  • What longer term behavioural and environmental recommendations should be made.
Lesson 7: Prostatic disease Available on 29/11/2021 8:00 am 29/11/2021
learning outcomes
  • Feel confident in diagnosing infectious, inflammatory and neoplastic conditions of the prostate.
  • Learn more about the neoplastic processes that effect the prostate and urethra.
  • Understand the best treatment strategies for prostatic disease
Lesson 8: The power of nutrition Available on 06/12/2021 8:00 am 06/12/2021
learning outcomes
  • The role of nutrition in the management or urinary tract disease.
Lesson 9: Live Q&A and Case Discussion (Thurs 09/12/21 @ 8pm GMT)
learning outcomes
  • Your chance to discuss any cases you are struggling with.
  • We will bring along a few interesting cases too!

Meet the speakers

Danielle Gunn-Moore

Feline Medicine Specialist

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Danielle Gunn-Moore graduated from the R(D)SVS, University of Edinburgh, with the Dick Vet Gold Medal in 1991. After a year in small animal practice she joined The Feline Centre, University of Bristol, initially as the Feline Advisory Bureau Scholar, then the Duphar Feline Fellow, and completed a PhD study into Feline Infectious Peritonitis in 1997. After a short period as Lecturer in Veterinary Pathology, University of Bristol, she returned to Edinburgh to establish the Feline Clinic and became Professor of Feline Medicine in 2006. She is interested in all aspects of feline medicine; she is an internationally recognised expert in her area, has lectured extensively and published over a 130 peer-reviewed research papers, plus many reviews and book chapters. In 2009 she was awarded the BSAVA Woodrow Award for outstanding contribution in the field of small animal veterinary medicine, in 2011 she was awarded the International Society for Feline Medicine/Hill’s award for Outstanding Contributions to Feline Medicine, in 2012 the Royal Dick students voted her “The clinician I would most like to be”, and FECAVA awarded her “Increased Vocalisation in Elderly Cats” the most original paper in the European Journal of Companion Animal Practice award in 2016.

Scott Kilpatrick

Director, Internal Medicine Specialist

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Scott graduated from Edinburgh Vet School in 2007. Initially, he worked for the PDSA, before taking a Senior Veterinary Surgeon position with Vets Now in Edinburgh in 2010. Scott started his residency in internal medicine at the University of Edinburgh in 2012 after completing a year as a Teaching Fellow in Anatomy and Physiology. He completed his residency in 2016 after finishing his Masters in the pathogenesis of canine liver disease and has since been working in referral practice. Interventional radiology is something that really interests Scott and he spent some time in 2018, working in this area at UC Davis in California. Scott has created and delivered a Post-graduate Certificate in Small Animal Emergency Medicine in association with the University of Surrey. Scott is currently the Head of Internal Medicine at Wear Referrals.

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