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    Veterinary Medicine


    Common Disease of Companion Animals 202

    Dogs and Cats - Part 2


    6.0

    • 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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