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Pet U:
Learning to Care for Pets

Chicago Series
2242 W. Harrison St., Ste. 100, Chicago


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  Thursday, October 13, 2011 How to tell if your pet is sick, and what to do if they are
Lindsay Seilheimer, DVM
Separate fact from fiction when determining if your pet is sick. This session will educate you on what to look for and signs your cat or dog may exhibit when they are under the weather and in need of veterinary care.
Early Reg. Deadline: October 2, 2011

  Thursday, November 10, 2011 Careers available in veterinary medicine
Tracey B. Hlede, DVM
Veterinary medicine is not just health care for pets but encompasses professional working with all species, including humans. Careers are available from clinical medicine to research, public health, government positions, and more. We will discuss veterinary involvement in society that you never knew, and even veterinary career paths that do not require a doctorate degree.
Early Reg. Deadline: October 30, 2011
  Thursday, December 8, 2011 Reading pet food labels
Have you ever had difficulty interpreting or comparing pet food labels? This session will provide a brief overview of the pet food label, including a list of items that are required on all labels and those that are optional. Information on items such as guaranteed analysis, ingredient definitions, feeding guidelines, and nutritional adequacy verification will be provided.
Early Reg. Deadline: November 27, 2011
  Thursday, January 12, 2012

POSTPONED to Tuesday, January 17
Preparing pets for life changes
Kelly C. Ballantyne, DVM
This session will review how to make life transitions easier for pets. Topics covered will include adding a new pet to the household, how to prepare pets for the arrival of a child, and how to prepare pets for a move.
Early Reg. Deadline: January 1, 2012
  Thursday, February 9, 2012 Care for geriatric pets
Thomas K. Graves, DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM
Thanks to advances in veterinary medicine, today’s pets are living longer, healthier lives. We will discuss the aging process in dogs and cats, common medical disorders of senior pets, and strategies for keeping your pet healthy for as many years as possible.
Early Reg. Deadline: January 29, 2012
  Thursday, March 8, 2012 Pet Insurance
Rosemary Burke
This session provides an overview of pet health insurance and will help you determine if pet insurance is right for you and how to select the plan that best fits your needs.
Early Reg. Deadline: February 26, 2012
April 14, 2012

Red Cross first aid and CPR
Kelsie Dolezal, CVT
This class is designed for participants to learn how to be prepared for emergencies that involve their cat or dog and how to protect themselves and the animal from further harm, injury, or suffering during emergencies by teaching prompt, effective first aid actions and care. The class will teach the immediate and temporary care for the pet until it can be taken to a veterinarian for attention. Participants will receive their choice of either a cat or dog first aid book and DVD set. The other set can be purchased for an additional fee. Participants will also receive a course certificate, a participant packet, and information about breathing barriers and about pets and disasters. Note: This session will be held on a Saturday morning (8:00 a.m.-Noon) and is approximately 4 hours in length. The registration fee for this session is $35 and late registrations cannot be accepted. There is a limit of 25 spots in this session.
Early Reg. Deadline: April 1, 2012
To ensure sufficient supplies, registrations cannot be accepted after this dat

May 10, 2012
Contagious and outdoor acquired pet diseases
Tracey B. Hlede, DVM
We will cover the common diseases pets get outside from the environment and other animals in the Chicago area. We will then discuss how to prevent these diseases and early detection.
Early Reg. Deadline: April 29, 2012
June 14, 2012
Tips, tricks, and activities to enrich the life of your dog
Katie Dehority, CVT
This session will provide tips, tricks, and activities to enrich the life of your dog. Included will be ways to engage your pet to promote mental and physical well-being.
Early Reg. Deadline: June 3, 2012

All sessions will be held 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Furnetic, which is located at 2242 W. Harrison St., Chicago. All lectures will be held in suite 100, which is immediately adjacent to the clinic. Although Pet U is designed to provide you with information about caring for your pets, these sessions are open to humans only.

The date in italics denotes the early registration deadline for each session.