CAM Conversation

Great conversations and lectures from a group of professionals.

CAM conversation WITH Dru Ross FROM Big Dog Bed Company ABOUT beds for dogs with arthritis

How did you get in to designing dog beds?

I have a background in commercial research which is the basis for my interest in practical problem solving. I stepped into dog bed design because I couldn’t get a decent bed for my German Shepherd, simple as that. I felt that I couldn’t be the only person with this problem. Hence, I decided what I needed from a bed for a large dog, produced and tested prototypes for two years and once I’d got what I felt was the right combination of appropriate size, support, practical, easy care and good looking, I launched at Cruft 2013.

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CAM conversation WITH Trixie Howard ABOUT the influence of pain on behaviour

What is your background for dealing with dogs with arthritis?

I qualified as a veterinary nurse at the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1996. Since then I have worked in a variety of small and large animal practices in the UK and Australia. I completed a Diploma in Nutrition, qualified as a veterinary nurse assessor and trainer and then began studying canine and feline behaviour. I have completed the COAPE advanced diploma in companion animal behaviour and training and am a member of the CAPBT (the COAPE Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers) and have completed the APDT (the Association of Pet Dog Trainers) foundation course.

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CAM conversation WITH CAM Shona Fernyhough ABOUT Omega 3, ASU and UC-II Supplements

Some joint supplements contain Omega 3 oils, what are they?

Omega 3 essential fatty acids cannot be made by the body and must be acquired through diet. It has been shown that the omega 3 fatty acids Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) are well absorbed through dietary supplementation, and that increased concentrations of these omega 3 fatty acids result in a decrease in omega 6 fatty acid concentrations in body tissues.

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CAM conversation WITH Andrea Tarr ABOUT Veterinary Prescriber

Why did I create Veterinary Prescriber ?

I started Veterinary Prescriber because there was no source of independent comparative information on veterinary medicines. I’ve spent most of my career producing independent information on medicines for doctors. A few years ago, a vet contacted the publication I worked on, saying that vets could do with something similar. 

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CAM conversation WITH CAM Hannah Capon ABOUT the 5x5x5 system

What is the 5x5x5 system?

It is a guideline for clinicians, nurses, animal physical therapists and non-clinical staff aimed at ensuring that owners understand their dog’s condition, the progression of the disease, it’s life-long nature and all the treatment options available to them. The aim is to influence effective communication with and compliance from the owner thus leading to improved lives for the dogs and their owners.

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CAM conversation WITH Veerle Dejonckheere ABOUT Hydrotherapy

Since 2011 Veerle has been running a referral service in the Bath and Bristol area offering integrated veterinary care including hydrotherapy, acupuncture, chiropractic care, therapeutic exercise, nutrition and herbal medicine. Her aim is to work with the referring vet to maximise the well being of the animal at all stages of its life. Hydrotherapy and more specifically, swimming, are often recommended by vets to help dogs who are recovering from an injury or have an orthopaedic condition, affecting their muscular strength and overall gait.

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CAM conversation WITH Andrea Tarr FROM Veterinary Prescriber ABOUT the caregiver placebo effect

What is the placebo effect?

This is when a benefit from a treatment is seen that is not due to the treatment itself, but instead is due to the expectations of the person receiving it. This is the reason why drug trials include a group of people taking placebo, so that the placebo effect can be accounted for.

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