Inflammatory joint disease in Dogs and Cats

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Published on: 19.03.2019

Presenter:

Karen Perry BVM&S CertSAS DiplECVS MRCVS
Lecturer in Small Animal Surgery

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About The Webinar

Joint disorders can be either inflammatory or non-inflammatory. Inflammatory arthritides can be infectious or immune-mediated and are further subdivided into erosive and non-erosive based primarily on radiographic findings.
This webinar will start by exploring the most commonly encountered form of inflammatory arthritis in dogs; immune-mediated polyarthritis. The classification of the condition will be detailed, and the clinical significance of this classification scheme clarified. Breed specific-conditions, as well as the forms of immune-mediated polyarthritis encountered in cats will also be discussed.
Cat differ from dogs in that infectious causes of inflammatory arthritis are much more common than primary immune-mediated conditions and the various infectious forms of arthritis encountered will be detailed.
Inflammatory arthritis, particularly immune-mediated polyarthritis, is often misdiagnosed in practice or diagnosed late, which has a dramatic impact on prognosis for the patient. This webinar will detail how to maximize the information obtained from your history and physical examination to reduce the risk of delayed diagnosis.
A plethora of diagnostic tests are often recommended when faced with a potential diagnosis of inflammatory arthritis. In this webinar we will detail the tests available and give advice as to when specific ones may be indicated, or not.
Finally, we will discuss the treatment of these challenging conditions and the associated prognoses. In addition, we will detail the fairly intensive monitoring which is recommended, at least in the initial stages of therapy.

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