Royal Canin is hosting two webinars on the subject of renal care to help vets and nurses understand the options available to their patients.

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common problem in older pets, but with effective management, their quality of life can be maintained.

Each webinar will cover a distinct topic, with the first focused on “Nursing care of the renal patient” (8.30pm; Wednesday, November 19) and the second exploring “Nutritional management of feline chronic kidney disease” (8.30pm; Wednesday, December 3).

During the first webinar, registered veterinary nurse Nicola Ackerman will explore how good nursing extends from the ward to a patient’s home and can make a huge difference to the quality of life for the pet and its owner.

Her webinar will cover good nursing techniques for the care of the patient in the ward, laboratory analysis of urine and blood to stage renal disease, blood pressure monitoring and management regimes.

Award-winning speaker and Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) specialist in feline medicine Martha Cannon will be delivering the second webinar on “Nutritional management of feline chronic kidney disease – how do I keep them eating?”

This session will review the significant benefits good nutritional management can bring, but also focuses on practical, affordable ways to maintain appetite and encourage long-term acceptance of new diets.

Ian Williams, Royal Canin’s veterinary support manager, said: “Chronic kidney disease is a common problem in older pets. The resulting symptoms can be distressing for both owner and patient alike.

“It is now well known feeding a pet with CKD the right kind of therapeutic diet is increasingly important and both Nicola and Martha will be explaining the significant benefits good nutritional management can bring in their webinars.”

Practice staff can register for the webinars for free by visiting www.royalcanin.co.uk/renalwebinars
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