About the course
Dogs and cats presenting with ‘abnormal episodes’ can be some of the most challenging and frustrating cases for vets and nurses of all abilities. Constructing a list of differential diagnoses, determining a diagnostic plan and providing effective treatment can seem overwhelming in a busy clinical practice.
In this course we explore the different approaches to dogs presenting with ‘abnormal episodes’ and understand how adopting a problem-based approach can improve our day-to-day management of these cases. We will discuss how to differentiate seizures from other types of abnormal episodes and explore the latest treatment options available for dogs and cats with epilepsy.
Specific areas to be covered:
• Differentiation of seizures from other abnormal episodes such as syncope, vestibular syndrome, movement disorders and neuromuscular disease
• A review of epilepsy treatment including: the goals of treatment, when to start treatment, appropriate first line medications, when to add-in or change medications and how to manage refractory patients
• Understanding the life of the epileptic patient: an owner’s perspective versus a veterinary perspective
• Novel treatment approaches, such as diet, in the management of epilepsy patients
Tom Cardy BSc, BVetMed, MVetMed, PhD, DipECVN, MRCVS
European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Neurology