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Veterinary Medicine

Common Disease of Companion Animals 202

Dogs and Cats - Part 2


  • Describe how muscles and bones act together to result in purposeful movement.
  • List various musculoskeletal problems with respect to bone, muscle, joint, or combinations of each as the cause.
  • Discuss various musculoskeletal problems, treatments, therapy with clients.
  • Know what diagnostic tests are needed for the diagnosis of musculoskeletal diseases.
  • Describe the arrangement of the nervous system.
  • Relate the dysfunctions of various portions of the nervous system to diseases seen in companion animals.
  • Discuss symptoms and treatments of neuronal disease with clients.
  • Relate the specific cause of disease with the pansystemic clinical signs seen in dogs and cats.
  • Initiate the proper safety methods to prevent spread of these transmissible or infectious dis-eases within the clinic.
  • Discuss with clients the necessity of an effective vaccination program.
  • Explain how environment and husbandry conditions affect the health of the young or immunosuppressed older pet.
  • Explain to clients the health reasons for ovariohysterectomy or castration of their pets.
  • Recognize the problem areas in the reproductive system of the male and female and relate them to the clinical symptoms.
  • Advise clients on pregnancy-related problems.
  • Review the anatomy of the respiratory system.
  • Recognize the difference between the upper and lower respiratory diseases.
  • Discuss with owners the prescribed medications and treatments commonly used for respiratory diseases in the small-animal clinic.
  • Recommend vaccination to owners as a way to prevent some of the viral and bacterial respiratory diseases.
  • Explain the anatomy of the urinary system and the functions it performs.
  • Describe how bacterial and viral infections can occur and how these may lead to the formation of stones.
  • Identify the most commonly seen canine bladder stones.
  • Explain the benefits of castration as it relates to prostate disease in the male dog.
  • Discuss the cause of urinary incontinence in spayed female dogs.

Linda DuPont, DVM

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