Tackling Feline Idiopathic Cystitis with Nutrition

We will discuss the prevalence and current ideas behind the pathophysiology of feline idiopathic cystitis. Understanding the hypothesized pathophysiology, we will also overview current management strategies to reduce the risk of recurrence including how nutrition can play a role. The presentation will conclude with advice on how to recommend food changes in pets where dietary therapy may be indicated.

Here's what you'll learn:

  • Understand the hypothesized pathophysiology of FIC

  • Be comfortable with how nutrition can help in managing cats with FIC and the research supporting it

  • Be comfortable with making a food recommendation and coaching pet parents through the transition

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    Tackling Feline Idiopathic Cystitis with Nutrition

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Michael Robbins

Michael T. Robbins, DVM received his veterinary medical degree in 2015 from the University of Tennessee and completed a rotating internship at the BluePearl Veterinary Hospital in Louisville, KY. This was followed by a residency in small animal clinical nutrition at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and is currently waiting to sit his specialty board exam. He then stayed on with the Clinical Nutrition Service for 7 months following his residency to further hone his skills prior to accepting the position of Scientific Communications Specialist with Hill’s Pet Nutrition. During his time at NC State, Dr. Robbins was involved with developing specifically tailored assisted feeding tube diet blends, outlining feeding plans for all ICU patients, creating complete and balanced homemade diets for those patients with specific nutritional needs (as well as extremely particular taste preferences), and providing nutritional advice to referring veterinarians. He also assisted with teaching responsibilities of third and fourth year veterinary students as well as rotating interns. His current responsibilities with Hill’s are to deliver education to veterinary staff, students, and those involved with Hill’s tours; provide technical support to Hill’s Veterinary Consultation Service; assist with review of technical documents; support the execution and development of digital education and social media strategy, and build relationships with Key Thought Leaders.