One of the UK’s first pet owner focused webinars in veterinary medicine will take place on March 20 to support a national campaign designed to help cat owners learn more about the signs of chronic pain in their pet.
One of the UK’s first pet owner focused webinars in veterinary medicine will take place on March 20 to support a new national campaign, “Pledge Against Cat Pain”, in partnership with the feline charity the Feline Advisory Bureau (FABcats) and supported by Boehringer Ingelheim.
The “Chronic Pain in Cats” webinar, which will feature FABcats vice-president Bradley Viner and celebrity cat owner Lisa Scott-Lee (Steps), aims to help pet owners learn more about the signs of chronic pain in cats.
The main aim of the webinar is to help owners spot if their cat might be suffering from chronic pain and to prompt them to discuss their concerns with their own vet if they are worried about their cat.
Research shows that 500,000 domestic cats in the UK may be suffering with chronic pain and 75% of owners admit they would not recognise the signs if their pet had this condition.
In response, The Pledge Against Cat Pain is asking vets to help find and treat the cats that could be suffering with chronic pain. Both pet owners and vets can show their support by signing up to the pledge at www.pledgeagainstcatpain.co.uk.
The complimentary webinar will cover topics including:
- spotting the signs of chronic pain in cats
- why cats behave the way they do when suffering from pain
- tips on keeping cats healthy and happy in old age
There will also be an opportunity for pet owners to pose questions directly to experts during the webinar.
FABcats CEO Claire Bessant said: “We hope vet practices will pledge their support to help us raise awareness of this campaign and the webinar amongst their patient base, ultimately to improve the quality of life for UK cats.”
Mr Viner added: “Vets are adept at interpreting feline behaviour, but we rely on pet owners to describe behaviour changes and identify if there may be a problem in the first place.
“This webinar aims to boost the understanding of the average cat owner, so that as well as helping their cats live comfortably into old age, they know when it’s best to seek further advice from a veterinary professional. Where confirmation is needed about the presence of chronic pain a trial-treat therapy with an appropriate analgesic should always be a strong consideration.”
To take part in the webinar, pet owners need to visit www.pledgeagainstcatpain.co.uk at 7:30pm on March 20, 2013.