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Pet U:
Learning to Care for Pets

Urbana Series
University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital
1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana

This series is co-sponsored by the Companion Animal Resource and Education Center.

Companion Animal Resource and Education Center

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  Monday, October 10, 2011 Why your pet itches!
Domenico Santoro, DVM, MS, DACVD, DECVD
This lecture will present the possible causes of itchiness in dogs and cats, followed by the diseases that cause pruritis (itchiness) with particular emphasis on allergies (flea, food, and environmental). Finally, you’ll learn how your veterinarian can help your pet to feel better.
Early Reg. Deadline: September 28, 2011
  Monday, November 14, 2011 When your pet dies
Cheryl Weber, MSW, LSW
Our pets give us so much: unconditional love, loyal companionship, and laughter. It can be heart-breaking when a pet dies. The client counselor at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital will offer strategies for coping with pet loss. Come learn about creative ways to memorialize a companion animal, rituals that may help, and resources for support.
Early Reg. Deadline: November 2, 2011
  Monday, December 12, 2011 Eyes: How they work, how they break, and how veterinarians fix them
Amber Labelle, DVM, MS, DACVO
This one hour lecture will start with the normal anatomy and physiology of the eye.  We will then discuss signs of eye problems and the most common diseases of dogs, cats, and horses.  By the end of the evening, you'll know when your pet needs to see a veterinarian and what to expect from an eye exam.
Early Reg. Deadline: November 30, 2011
  Monday, January 9, 2012 How cats learn and how to modify their behavior
Kristen Collins, CPDT, MS
Ever wonder why your cat hides from visitors or jumps on the counters? This session will present the science behind how cats learn and how you can humanely and effectively change their behaviors.
Early Reg. Deadline: December 28, 2011
  Saturday, February 11, 2012 Red Cross First Aid and CPR
Kandice S. Norrell, DVM
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.
Early Reg. Deadline: January 30, 2012
To ensure sufficient supplies, registrations cannot be accepted after this date.
  Monday, March 12, 2012 How to tell when your cat is sick
Kandice S. Norrell, DVM
Separate fact from fiction when determining if your cat is sick. Common questions will be answered to help prepare and educate owners what to look for if their cat really is sick and in need of veterinary care.
Early Reg. Deadline: February 29, 2012
  Monday, April 9, 2012 Plants, their toxins, and your pets
Tina Wismer, DVM, DABVT, DABT
Ever wonder if the plants in and outside of our home could be dangerous to your pet’s health? Learn from the medical director at the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center which indoor and outdoor plants are toxic, why they are, and what to do if your pet eats or becomes exposed to a toxic plant.
Early Reg. Deadline: March 28, 2012
  Monday, May 14, 2012 Let's be friends: Preventing and treating housemate problems in dogs and cats
Sally J. Foote, DVM
Properly introducing a new cat or dog to resident pets can go a long way in preventing future problems. In this session, you will learn how to make your new addition feel welcome while keeping resident pets at ease. Dog-dog, dog-cat and cat-cat relationships will be discussed.
Early Reg. Deadline: May 2, 2012
  Monday, June 4, 2012

This session has been CANCELLED
Exercising With Your Pet
Jason Heinold, ATC, NASM-PES
Kim E. Knap, CVT, CCRP, BS

Thinking of getting both yourself and Fido on a new exercise regimen? In this session you will learn about some of the factors to consider before lacing up your sneakers and clipping on that leash—both for yourself and Fido.
Early Reg. Deadline: May 28, 2012

Sessions are held the second Monday of each month, 6:30-8:00 p.m. All sessions will be held at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital, which is located at 1008 W. Hazelwood Dr., Urbana. 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.