Caring for the Caregiver: Reducing the Health Impacts of Stress


Stressed? Burned out? Sick of constantly feeling tired and out of sorts? You’re not alone. 

The stress of everyday life, work and family commitments can be difficult to manage at times. Throw in a health issue, financial crisis or loss of a loved one, and it can begin to feel unbearable. Some people seem to have a natural gift for successfully managing stress, but most of us were never taught how to cope in a healthy way when life gets tough. And the result of this can be devastating to our physical and mental health.

According to the American Psychological Association’s “Stress in America” Report, chronic stress can not only lead to problems such as headaches, fatigue, irritability and insomnia, but also major health concerns including heart disease, obesity and depression. Among the most at risk are caregivers, who are often faced with juggling home, work and caregiving responsibilities with little support and few resources to help them.  Too often, the caregiver gets in the habit of putting everyone else’s needs first, and their own health and wellness ends up at the bottom of the To Do list. 

But how well can you care for the people and pets in your life when you are running on empty? What is left to really give?  And what happens if all that stress catches up to you and you can no longer keep all of those balls in the air? 

Learning to care for yourself and to find a way to silence the racing thoughts and worry that run through your mind are essential not only for your wellbeing, but that of your loved ones as well. And yes, that includes your furry loved ones. When you can recharge and refresh your mind, body and spirit, you have more to give, and you will have a better chance of handling anything that life throws at you.

And that’s where Reiki can come in. Reiki is a complimentary therapy used to reduce stress, promote relaxation and encourage the body’s innate healing abilities. It was developed in Japan in the early 20th century, and is a unique mixture of meditation, breathwork and light touch. Influenced by Buddhism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and martial arts, Reiki stresses the importance of compassion for self and others, letting go of the need for control or power, and trust that we each have the power within us to become our truest selves – healthy, happy and fulfilled

The beauty of Reiki is in its simplicity and its power. Reiki treatments are now available to people (and animals) around the world and are becoming more common in health care settings and veterinary practices due to its proven reputation as a safe, gentle and effective complimentary therapy. It can be used as a tool for ongoing wellness or to help manage chronic conditions. Because it has no known interactions with conventional medical treatments, it can be used successfully with other therapies without negative side effects. An hour-long Reiki session usually results in a profound feeling of relaxation and calm that can ripple long after the treatment ends.

But unlike many other complimentary therapies and healing modalities, one can also choose to take a Reiki class and learn to use it for self-care. To me, this is Reiki’s greatest gift. To have the power to ease your stress, let go of your worries and reconnect with the harmony of the universe at your disposal 24/7.  No prescription can ever guarantee that.

Of course, while anyone can learn Reiki with relative ease, mastering it (if that can even be done) takes a lifetime of commitment and regular practice.  But that’s part of the fun. Once you finally learn how to take care of yourself and to reach that place of inner peace and strength, you will learn to love it – and you will realize that you deserve it too. By strengthening your own body, mind and spirit, you can be a better caregiver, employee, spouse, parent…you can be a better YOU. 

All it takes is that first step. To be willing to invest in yourself for a change. To be open to the process of learning to be still and to feel genuine gratitude for each blessing — and challenge — in your life. To recognize that by healing yourself first, you can then bring healing to others in your life too. 

Stress and worry can control you if you let them, and eventually they will wear you down physically and mentally. By finding healthy ways to manage stress, such as Reiki, you can discover a new way of living and become a stronger, happier, and more capable caregiver for all who rely on you each day.

Would you like to learn more about Reiki? Visit Kerry’s new website at www.ReikiForWellness.com to find out about upcoming classes, what to expect during a Reiki session, and articles about Reiki’s many benefits.  Reiki sessions are also available for companion animals in the Milwaukee area.  Email IntegrativeReiki@live.com for details.

Advertisements
Posted in Cancer Treatments, News, Pet Loss / Grief | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

10 Ways to Reduce Your Dog’s Risk of Cancer


Bernese Mountain DogAs the leading cause of death in dogs, approximately 1 in 3 will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. So, if you are a dog lover, chances are that someday you will have to deal with this monster head-on. The problem is that cancer is not a single disease – it’s actually an umbrella term for a class of diseases, all of which have slightly different causes, characteristics and responses to treatment. There are more than 200 known types of cancer, and they can occur in any organ or cell within the body. All are characterized by abnormal cell growth that invades and damages normal tissue.

It’s sometimes difficult to accept that for all of the money and time pumped into cancer research, there is still so much we don’t know about why it occurs in the first place and what we can do to stop it. We’re getting closer though, every day. 

We do know that preventing cancer cannot be isolated to just one or two things. In most cases, cancer is the result of a number of different genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors, all coming together to trigger a change in normal cells. So, what can a pet parent do to reduce their dog’s risk of developing cancer?  It turns out, there are quite a few things.

Here are 10 easy ways to keep your dog healthy throughout their lifetime and to reduce their risk of developing cancer.

  1. Feed High Quality Food. Good nutrition is the foundation for good health. Be sure to feed your dog the highest quality food that you can afford. If you’re not up to the challenge of cooking for your dog, look for commercial foods made with quality proteins, human-grade ingredients (or at least ingredients that you recognize and can pronounce), no artificial preservatives or additives and no cheap fillers. Here’s a great article on ingredients to avoid: READ ARTICLE. Many people (myself included) are also proponents of a rotation diet in which several different types of food or protein sources are rotated for variety and to ensure that your dog enjoys a broad spectrum of nutrients.
  2. Filtered Water. It’s no secret that tap water contains a variety of toxins and carcinogens, some of which are regulated, and many of which are not. In fact, according to the EPA, there are more than 700 chemicals in our drinking water. So, it makes sense to do what you can to clean up this vital component of good health by using a quality filter to reduce the number of chemicals entering your pet’s system (and it’s good for the rest of your family too!) Learn how to select a water filter: READ ARTICLE.
  3. Exercise. Regular exercise is critical to your pet’s overall health and quality of life. More than half of all dogs in the US are obese and just as in people, excess weight can cause a variety of health issues – including cancer. In addition to maintaining a healthy weight, regular exercise also helps to remove toxins in the body, strengthens the immune system, reduces stress, and deepens the bond between you and your pet. READ MORE. 
  4. Reduce stress. Just as in people, stress affects pets too. Chronic stress, which can be caused by physical conditions, the emotional state of family members, changes in routine or living environment, new pets in the household, and other factors, can have a severe impact on the immune system, can speed up the aging process, and affects their quality of life. Learning how to de-stress your pet’s life through exercise, brain-stimulating games such as treat puzzles and interactive toys, flower essences, essential oils, calming music and/or bodywork and massage can be an important part of their overall wellness. And don’t just stop there. Dogs are sponges for our human emotions and they often reflect the anxiety, stress, sadness and anger that their humans feel. So, take time to distress yourself too and it will help both of you in the long run. 
  5. Spay/neuter your dog. Some types of cancer, including mammary cancer, are almost 100% preventable when your dog is spayed or neutered and other types of cancer are less likely if your dog has been fixed. Talk with your vet to find out the best time to schedule this procedure for your pet, as in some cases doing it when they are very young is best, and for some breeds, waiting until they have reached maturity is preferred (just make sure they don’t make any babies in the meantime!). 
  6. Minimize exposure to chemicals and pesticides including flea & tick products. Some lawn chemicals have been linked to the development of cancer in pets and people and in general, overburdening the immune system with chemicals can make it harder to fight off infections and disease. Use natural products whenever possible. READ MORE ABOUT LAWN CHEMICALS & CANINE CANCER.
  7. Minimize vaccines. Vaccines are essential to your pet’s health and wellbeing but if given too frequently, or too close together, they can have negative side effects or trigger an unhealthy immune system response. Talk with your vet about implementing a minimal vaccine schedule and spacing out the core vaccines from the Rabies vaccine to minimize risk. Don’t allow your dog to be vaccinated while having other procedures done such as a spay/neuter, and if your dog has been diagnosed with cancer in the past, has a thyroid condition or other illness which has compromised their immune system, DO NOT VACCINATE. Vaccinations are only supposed to be given to HEALTHY animals, and vaccinating a dog with an ongoing health condition could do more harm than good. Consider using titers to check for levels of protection against disease and see if your state has a Rabies waiver for dogs who have previously been vaccinated and should no longer receive boosters.  LEARN MORE AT THE RABIES CHALLENGE FUND WEBSITE.
  8. Know your dog & do monthly checks at home. Many people rely on their vets to be the first to spot cancer, but YOU as the pet parent, are the first line of defense. Your vet only sees them once every 6-12 months in many cases, for just a few minutes at a time. You are with your dog every day. Get to know what is normal for your dog’s health – you may even want to keep a health journal for them – so you can spot any changes in their behavior or condition right away and get it checked out. And, do a monthly once-over on their body, in their ears and their mouth, to check for any strange lumps, bumps or discolorations. Talk with your vet if you find anything that seems suspicious. 
  9. Build a relationship with your vet. A lot of pet parents try to reduce veterinary costs by only seeing the vet when their dog is sick, but that’s a mistake. Regular wellness checks are not only good to ensure that your pet is as healthy on the inside as they may seem to you on the outside, but they also help you to build a relationship with your vet clinic staff. Should an illness or disease like cancer arise at any point, you will need to rely on these professionals to guide you through treatment options and sometimes very difficult decisions. Having a good, long-term relationship in place will help you feel more comfortable playing an active role on your dog’s healthcare team, and will help your vet to do their job more effectively as well.  All dogs should have at least one annual wellness checkup and older dogs should go in every 6 months for a wellness check and blood panel. 
  10. Know your dog’s breed. Certain types of cancer are more prevalent in specific breeds of dogs. For example, Bernese Mountain Dogs are particularly at risk for developing a type of cancer called Malignant Histiocytosis. Large breed dogs are susceptible to developing bone cancer. Bulldogs, are commonly diagnosed with mast cell tumors and lymphoma. By knowing which cancers your dog may be predisposed to, you can do whatever possible to reduce their risk and educate yourself about the early warning signs so you can address any problems right away.

There are no guarantees when it comes to preventing canine cancer, but as pet parents, we can do whatever possible to reduce our dog’s risk of developing it and hopefully, can give them a higher quality of life for whatever time we do have with them. By supporting their overall wellness and immune system function, we can increase their odds of staying healthy throughout their lives and give them a better chance at beating cancer if it does occur.

For more information about canine cancer, visit www.FightCanineCancer.com.

Posted in Diet & Nutrition, News, Recommended Articles | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Mackenzie’s Story of Courage


I recently received a wonderful email from a family in Toronto whose Golden Retriever, Mackenzie, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.  Her story reminded me that no matter how bad things can seem sometimes, there is always reason to have hope, and often, our pups are so much stronger than we ever imagine. Thanks to a determined family that wasn’t ready to let her go, a great medical team, and Mackenzie’s willingness to keep fighting the good fight, she has become a perfect example of a pup who is beating the odds and who has surprised everyone with her success. So, I wanted to share her story with you in case you are in need of some inspiration and hope today.

Mackenzie the Golden Retriever

Mackenzie with her devoted mom Jenn.

Mackenzie was 11 when she was diagnosed with a soft tissue sarcoma. The news was devastating. Mackenzie has been the love of my life since the day I brought her home when she was 6 weeks old. She has been my constant companion and best friend.

Our vet sent us to an oncologist who we saw the day after the biopsy was confirmed. The tumour appeared almost overnight and our vet told us it was the fastest, most aggressive tumour he had ever seen. Within days of the tumour becoming visible to us – Mackenzie could no longer walk down the stairs and she was constantly out of breath and exhausted.

The oncologist examined Mackenzie and she was seen by two surgeons who said they could not operate because of how big and where it was. Our oncologist starting talking to us about our options of managing pain and that we had very little time left.

At that moment my heart shattered into a million pieces and I could not comprehend that I was about to lose my girl to this.

We had one last hope — a surgeon in Ottawa, Dr. Julias Liptak at the Alta Vista Animal Hospital in Ottawa who specializes in surgical oncology.

Three days later – we made the six hour drive with Mackenzie to see Dr. Liptak Monday morning. Because her ribs were impacted and the size of the tumour was so big the decision was made to do a debulking surgery. Trying to obtain clean margins would be too invasive and put Mackenzie at risk. Ribs would potentially need to be removed, but Dr. Liptak assured us this created no more risk – just a longer recovery.

The surgery was performed, and Dr. Liptak was able to remove the tumour without having to remove any ribs. Mackenzie stayed the night and the next day was well enough to make the long trip home.

Mackenzie after surgery

Mackenzie’s battle scars from surgery to remove her tumor.

Mackenzie in shirt

Mackenzie modeling her custom made shirt to protect her while she healed.

The biopsy results came back a week later and unbelievably – confirmed we got clean margins!

Mackenzie followed up with the oncologist and she has been on a daily low dose of oral chemotherapy and monthly rechecks with her oncologist.

She is managing the chemo very well with no side effects and there has been no reoccurrence of cancer.

I can’t believe that last August we were preparing to say goodbye and 8 months later I had the joy of another Christmas, and a birthday (Mackenzie is now 12) and she is thriving.  Happy, playing, running around and enjoying life.

Mackenzie boating

Mackenzie now – happy, healthy and enjoying life as a cancer survivor.

Dr. Liptak saved her life. He is an angel and every day I am grateful for him and the gift he has given me. He is a wonderful, caring and supportive surgeon and we could have never navigated through this without his life saving surgery and ongoing support.

I hope this story offers some hope and peace to others trying to navigate through this journey.

~ Mackenzie’s mom Jenn

Posted in News, Stories of Courage | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

That Old Familiar Feeling Again…


The day we first met, November 10, 2000.

Six years ago today, I lost my sun, my moon and my stars. I said goodbye to a huge piece of my heart and the precious little soul who gave me a reason for being in this world. I said goodbye to my beloved Georgia.

I dread this anniversary each year, and all throughout April, the 24th hangs heavy on the horizon. The weeks leading up to this date bring me back to the weeks before Georgia died and I replay those precious…and heartbreaking moments in my head. Each year it becomes easier to believe that we did all that we could in those final days, and that Georgia forgives me for not spending more time with her when I should have somehow known that our time together could be measured in hours instead of days, weeks or months.  Each year, I see more blessings unfold because of that special moment in time when I first locked eyes with my beautiful angel. The moment when my heart stood still as I finally realized why I was put on this earth.  I am continuously amazed at how much good has come not only from being Georgia’s mom, but also from her illness and death. It seems impossible to even comprehend. But, it’s true.  Because of her, and because of our journey together through cancer, I found out how much strength I have, how precious life is, and how important it is to follow your heart and do what you love.  She led me to my closest friends, a new profession that I love, and a personal mission to help pets and their pet parents facing cancer and grief. Each day I experience a hundred different echoes of Georgia, and I am reminded that no matter how much time passes, she is never far from me. She is always in my heart and never far from my thoughts. She continues to inspire and motivate me in all that I do.

I know that non-“animal people” will never understand that. But I don’t really care. It’s the truth, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, 364 days of the year I feel gratitude for my short time with Georgia and for the privilege of being her mom. And I work to honor her memory by learning to be happy and helping others of her kind. But on April 24, I still find a certain comfort in sinking into that familiar grief — kind of like putting on an old sweater. I mourn my little girl and the years we didn’t get together and I think of all of the things that I miss most about her – her soothing snores at night that sounded like a lullaby to me…the way she would wiggle to greet me and flop onto her back so I could give her hugs and belly kisses whenever I came home…her big brown eyes always following me whenever I was within sight…the way she would fly across the yard after her soccer ball and dribble it between her legs (really!)…the feel of soft bunny fur behind her ears…a million little things that I will never forget. Memories that are ours alone. So treasured. So perfect.

I love you my beautiful baby girl, and I miss you today and always. 

Posted in Pet Loss / Grief | Tagged , | 2 Comments

Join Us at the the Paws 4 A Cure Walk on May 20 in Wakefield, MA


Paws 4 A Cure Walk 12012

Register now for the 2012 Paws 4 A Cure Walk on May 20

Mark your calendars now to support the 5th Annual Paws 4 A Cure Walk on Sunday, May 20 in Wakefield, MA. Whether your life has been touched by canine cancer or you have just had the good fortune to be loved by a dog or cat, we need your help!  Proceeds from this walk provide lifesaving medical treatments to dogs and cats with cancer and other serious illnesses when their pet parents can’t afford it.  

Paws 4 A Cure LogoPaws 4 a Cure was founded by my dear friend Keri Goldman in memory of her dog Nikko, who bravely battled cancer. Paws 4 A Cure now works to help other dogs AND cats who are in need of critical medical care – to help other pet parents have more precious time with their furkids.

Georgia’s Legacy is very proud to support Paws 4 A Cure and asks for your help in making this year’s walk a HUGE success so more pets can be saved.

There are 3 easy ways you can help:

  1. If you live in the Boston area, register as a walker and join me and many other pet parents & their furkids on May 20 in Wakefield. It’s a great event for dog lovers and you’ll have lots of fun meeting some amazing pups and their families. There will also be some fantastic vendors there to show off their products and services. The Walk will take place at Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield, Massachusetts at 1:00 PM (rain or shine). The route at Lake Quannapowitt is approximately 3 miles. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.
  2. Create your own Satellite Team. What does that mean? If you can’t make it to the Walk, you can host your own walk in your hometown or just help to raise money for Paws 4 A Cure by recruiting your friends and family to make a donation. Gather your other dog loving friends to join you and help promote canine cancer awareness in your own neighborhood. There is already at least one satellite team that has been started by Georgia’s Legacy’s friend Traci Moriarty of Wag Between Barks dog training in Durango, CO. (Thanks Traci!!)  
  3. Sponsor Team Georgia’s Legacy by making a donation of any size in support of our team. 100% of donations will directly help animals in need, so every dollar makes a difference. CLICK HERE TO DONATE.

Please help us make this year’s Paws 4 A Cure walk the most successful one ever! We’re counting on your support! 

For more information about the walk, visit the Paws 4 A Cure website at http://www.paws4acure.org/. We hope to see you there!

Posted in Events, News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Canine Mast Cell Tumors: What You Need to Know


Guest post written by Joanne Palmieri

Mast cell tumors (MCT) also known as mastocytomas are often called the great imposters or pretenders because of their ability to look like many benign lesions such as a lipoma.

Labrador Retriever

An important part of being your pet’s best advocate is learning all you can about their cancer type and making sure that the information you receive from your vet is complete.

I decided to educate other pet parents about MCT when my friend’s Labrador was diagnosed with a grade 2 MCT and was told by the vet “we got it all and don’t worry”. After reading the pathology report, there is an important unanswered question which my friend did not know to ask. You’ll see why when I talk about grading of MCT.

What exactly is a mast cell? Mast cells originate from the bone marrow and are normally found throughout connective tissue of the body as normal components of the immune system. As they release histamine, they are associated with allergic reactions. To put it simply, normal mast cells play an important role in mediating inflammatory responses.

Statistics vary, but roughly 25% of skin tumors in dogs are MCT.

Brachycephalic breeds such as Boxers, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers have a higher incidence of MCT but any breed can develop them. In Bernese Mountain Dogs MCT are inherited as a polygenic trait.

CLINICAL PRESENTATION
Tremendous variation exists in the appearance of MCT. They may be soft and fluctuant, firm, haired or hairless, small or large, solitary or multiple, dermal or subcutaneous. This is why any mass should be evaluated via cytology because MCT can mimic lipomas and other noncancerous lesions.

Aside from finding a mass, there are other profound signs which should raise suspicion of a MCT i.e., swelling that may wax and wane particularly after manipulation of the mass, itching, redness, ulceration or bruising.

MCT may also cause your dog to have a GI tract ulcer. Remember MCT secrete histamine. When humans have a GI tract ulcer they may take Pepcid or Tagamet which are H2 blockers. The H in H2 stands for histamine blocker. Your pup is no different! So keep an eye out for abdominal discomfort, blood in the stools or stools darker than normal i.e. almost black which may indicate a stomach or duodenal ulcer. If you notice these signs, talk with your vet right away to determine the best way to address the issue.

DETERMINING TREATMENT & PROGNOSIS
Once your vet has done cytology of the mass usually with a fine needle biopsy or aspirate and determined that this is indeed a MCT, what’s the next step?

Complete surgical removal of the MCT with wide excision is the treatment of choice. What is meant by wide excision? There is a tendency for MCT cells to spread out around the actual mass into what you think is normal skin; therefore a border of 2-3 cm of skin surrounding the tumor is also removed in an effort to get “clean” margins. (To give you an idea of how much 2-3 cm is, one inch equals 2.5cm.)

Once the tumor is removed, it is usually sent to a veterinary pathologist for a diagnosis which would include the grade of the tumor. Please note that any specimen sent to a pathologist that has a malignant or cancer diagnosis should have a grade listed.

What does the grade tell you?  The tumor grade found on a pathology report is based upon whether or not the cells are well or poorly differentiated, their mitotic activity (how quickly the cells divide), and the depth of tissue invasion of the tumor. Simply stated, it provides information about the prognosis by telling us how aggressive the tumor is.

I have read many veterinary pathology reports that did not list a grade. In fact, it happened to me. When my precious yellow lab Brandon was diagnosed with hemangiosarcoma, the pathology report did not list the grade. I had the vet contact the pathologist to reread the slides and amend the pathology report to include a grade. Why is this so important? I’m sure you have read about dogs surviving hemagiosarcoma for a year or more with the latest survivor being Addie at 3 years who is using non-traditional treatment. Are these dogs surviving longer because the treatment was truly a success or was it that they had a low grade hemangiosarcoma which responded better to therapy and contributed to the longer survival time. We’ll never know because to date, I’ve asked close to 50 pet parents whose dogs had hemangiosarcoma what the grade was and not one could tell me because the pathology report never listed it! Even the pet parents of 3 year hemangiosarcoma survivor Addie couldn’t tell me.

If we are going to make strides in the treatment of canine cancer, we need to know everything about the devil that we are dealing with! We need to compare apples with apples.

MCT are graded most commonly using the Patnaik scale of grades l through 3 with grade 1 having the best prognosis and grade 3 the poorest.

  • GRADE 1: Well differentiated tumor that is confined to the dermis.
  • GRADE 2: Tumor extends into the lower dermis and sub Q. Cells are not as well differentiated.
  • GRADE 3: Tumor replaces Sub Q and deep tissue. Cells are poorly differentiated.

I would like to bring your attention to the grade 2 MCT. There is some disagreement on treatment plans with a grade 2. If the pathology report does not state it, your vet needs to ask the pathologist in the case of a grade 2 MCT to determine if this MCT is a low grade 2 or a high grade 2.

Statistically speaking, and per an article in the Journal of Veterinary Pathology, if this tumor is a low grade 2 it will more than likely behave like a grade 1 which is good news. If this MCT is a high grade 2, it will most likely behave as a grade 3 therefore requiring more aggressive treatment.

Staging is another aspect of determining the prognosis of any malignancy. Staging indicates the extent of spread and is important to know in order to make an educated decision regarding your treatment plan. In the case of MCT the World Health Organization has assigned Stages 0-lV with 0 having the best prognosis and lV the worst.

Please note that the actual treatment protocols for each grade and stage are not discussed in this article because, once armed with the information from a comprehensive pathology report, one can search the internet and find the most current treatments available.

The main objective of this article is to educate you regarding MCT and the important aspects of the pathology report so that you can make sure this info is provided to you by your vet and you can make an intelligent and informed decision regarding treatment.

Grading and staging systems may vary from cancer to cancer but remember that every cancer has a grade and stage and it is important to know this information as well as asking if the margins were clean i.e., free of tumor, for prognosis and treatment planning purposes.

As a final note, pet parents should be sure to keep a medical record of their canine child to include:

  1. Vaccine record
  2. Blood tests
  3. Pathology reports

Having access to this information about your pet can be invaluable and will allow you to be a better partner in your pet’s care. Start being an advocate for your pet TODAY by educating yourself about your pet’s cancer and being willing to push for additional information when you feel that something has been left out. It will help you to make better decisions along the way, and in the end, could help to save their life.

Another article you may find helpful is from Dr. Lena McCullough, DVM from A Path with Paws. “Mast Cell Tumors of the Skin: Holistic Approaches for Prevention”

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care – CALL FOR PROPOSALS


Are you a veterinary professional, hospice volunteer, pet loss/grief counselor or other animal caregiver with experience providing end-of-life care?  Your expertise is needed!

The International Association of Animal Hospice & Palliative Care (IAAHPC) is seeking lecture proposals for its 2nd Annual Conference, which will take place November 2-4 in Denver, Colorado at the Marriot Hotel and Conference Center. 

The IAAHPC is dedicated to expanding the field of animal hospice and making comfort care during end-of-life a standard of care for pets and their families, by providing high-quality education to veterinary professionals and the public.  And so, we are looking for the best of the best to present at this year’s conference.

If you, or someone you know, may be interested in presenting a lecture at the 2012 conference, please submit the following information:

  • Presentation title
  • Full name, address, contact number, and email
  • Curriculum vitae(CV) or resume
  • A short cover letter stating your interest in animal hospice and palliative care
  • Proposal: Word document format
    1-3 pages in length
    Outline layout including all key points and supportive material
    Diagrams and illustrations are welcomed

All presentations will be 1-2 hours in length depending on the topic. Please clarify your proposed length and any special requests you may have 
ex. technical equipment.  Those chosen to present will be notified by March 15th. Financial compensation for presenting will be offered, although the amount is not known at this time.

The Deadline for Submission is February 15

Proposals should be submitted to:
Dr. Kathleen Cooney
Education Chair for the IAAHPC 
cooneydvm@gmail.com 
970-313-8033 

CLICK HERE for a list of example lecture topics.

Posted in Events, News | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments