In veterinary medicine, we always talk about prevention, but what actually is it and how is it practised? This webinar will discuss preventive care as a tool to optimise the health and longevity of companion animals. 

This webinar is given by Dr Bill Saxon, who received his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1986. He completed his internship at the Animal Medical Center in New York City followed by residencies at the Animal Medical Center and University of Pennsylvania and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and the American College of Veterinary Emergency Medicine and Critical Care.  He practiced in the San Francisco area and owned an intensive care unit in Washington DC.  He has published on burn injury, the acute abdomen, feline cardiomyopathy, drug toxicities and is a coauthor of the Manual of Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care.  He has been with IDEXX since 1997 internal medicine consultant, field medical specialist and as a speaker at regional, national, and international conferences. 

Dr. Saxon begins the webinar by explaining what preventative medicine is and why we practice itTwo recent case studies are detailed and used as guidelines for preventive medicine. He lists preventive care for all life stages, including assessing both dogs and cats. To implement a preventive medicine plan, a good medical history and a good physical examination is needed. There are 10 important clinical findings with preventive medicine, all of which are mentioned and explained in the webinar. 

Both muscle condition and obesity levels must be taken into account when examining patients. A health level of muscle mass must be maintained to strengthen the patient’s bones, we must detect changes. 

The webinar also talks about hypertension, causes and the different types as well as the importance of blood pressure, how to take it and what it can tell us.  

It’s also important to note that in healthy animals, if lab tests show a high recticulocyte count without the patient having anaemia, this can be a sign of another disease that we are not seeing. Dr Saxon shows a clinical case of this, leading onto a fantastic discussion. The webinar also discusses the signs, symptoms and treatments of some different diseases. 

This webinar is very interesting, with lots of valuable information and important for our everyday practice.