Dr. Narda Robinson and Dr. Bonnie Wright from the Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine at Colorado State University’s College of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences will host "Focus on the Feline: Keeping Kitty Comfy and Safe with Integrative Medicine and Pain Prevention."
The free seminar will help animal caregivers evaluate whether or not a cat is experiencing pain and whether caregivers understand treatment options. The seminar will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Room 118-120 in the Animal Cancer Center.
During the seminar, participants will learn how to identify common behaviors that may indicate pain in cats. Robinson and Wright will discuss the pros and cons to the many available treatment options including medications, acupuncture, aromatherapy, herbs, homeopathy, low-level laser therapy, interventional techniques, massage, chiropractic and raw food diets.
"The dizzying array of treatments for cats can be confusing. While some are safe, others can be deadly," Robinson said. "The unique needs and natures of cats make it vital to know as much as possible about what works and what does not."
The seminar is free and open to the public, although a $10 donation to support the pain center will be gratefully accepted. All who are planning to attend must RSVP to Narda.Robinson@Colostate.edu (preferred) or call (970) 297-4202 by Friday, Nov. 28.
Founded in 2002, CSU’s Center for Comparative and Integrative Pain Medicine promotes the treatment of pain in animals to optimize quality of life and reduce suffering. The center provides integrative pain medicine and natural healing services for small animals and education for veterinarians and animal caregivers. The center’s vision entails examining methods of analgesia from naturally occurring disease rather than inducing pain in order to study pain.
Robinson is a veterinarian and an osteopathic physician, and Wright is a board certified anesthesiologist with certification in veterinary medical acupuncture. They work together in service, education and research on behalf of the center.
CSU’s James L. Voss Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the Veterinary Medical Center is at 300 W. Drake Road in Fort Collins. Parking is free.