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Does My Cat Have a Drinking Problem? Hydration and Health in Feline Medicine

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Does My Cat Have a Drinking Problem? Hydration and Health in Feline Medicine
Cats evolved in the fertile crescent, in a desert environment. They are well suited to handling water efficiently, but only under healthy natural circumstances. When they are ill, when they age, or when they are not eating a diet they have hunted, they are frequently at risk for dehydration. A common presentation of dehydration is constipation, but the importance of adequate and appropriate hydration goes beyond that. Water is a foundational need: all cells require water and balanced electrolytes. Presented by Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline), this session looks at the role of optimizing hydration in cats of any age and health status.

Upon completion of this session, the participant should be able to:
• Understand which problems are exacerbated by dehydration
• Tailor a hydration plan for an individual patient both in clinic and at home
• Craft a program that suits the personality of a given client and their cat

This course has been certified by or provided by the following Certified Organization/s:
• AAVSB-Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) - 1.00 Hours
• New York State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners - 1.00 Hours

This webinar is sponsored by:


  • Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP (Feline)

    Margie graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1982. In 1986 she opened Cats Only Veterinary Clinic in Vancouver, practicing there until 2008 when she retired from regular practice. While in practice, she published several clinical trials, including the first paper on transdermal fentanyl patch in veterinary medicine. She has written many book chapters, co-edits the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, has served extensively on committees with the AAFP, North American Vet Licensing Exam Board, Winn Feline Foundation, WSAVA and ABVP. She is a Paw Project advocate, attempting to end declawing in Canada. She continues to assist colleagues with case management and enjoys teaching about all things feline, including improving interacting with cats, analgesia, nutrition, gastroenterology and kidney disease.

August 11, 2021
Wed 2:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 15M

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