Neurological Conditions in the Senior Dog and Cat

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A seven-part video series with Dr Clare Rusbridge on neurological conditions of senior dogs and cats.

Dogs, like humans, are living longer, but also like humans may not always age successfully. Increasingly owners expect good healthcare for their senior pets, which are considered, quite rightly, a member of the family - a dismissive “he’s just getting old” is no longer an acceptable explanation.

This series covers the increasingly common presentation of neurological deficits in the geriatric pet. Starting with a review of the neurological examination and key points in history taking, before moving on to cover the latest updates on treatment of cognitive dysfunction and the correct approach and work-up when presented with ataxia, weakness and seizures in an animal with multiple comorbidities. Case-based examples are used throughout.

Topics covered include:

  • A general approach to neurological conditions in the geriatric pet - history taking, neurological examination, considering the comorbidities
  • Cognitive dysfunction – how much can we do to help?
  • Approach to seizures in the older pet
  • Approach to the ataxic older pet - spinal diseases, vestibular and cerebellar disorders
  • Approach to the weak older pet - neuromuscular diseases


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