American Veterinary Medical Association Hosts Annual Conference

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American Veterinary Medical Association

With more than 15 years of experience working in emergency veterinary medicine, Dr. Jennifer Creed most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Since 1993, Dr. Jennifer Creed has maintained membership with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).

Established in 1863, the AVMA is a nonprofit organization that represents more than 88,000 veterinarians. It advocates for its members and seeks to improve the practice of veterinary medicine. The AVMA also serves as the accrediting body for more than 45 veterinary colleges.

One of the ways the AVMA is able to reach out to its members is through its annual convention. This year’s conference was held on August 5 – 9, 2016, in San Antonio, Texas. The annual convention features a variety of exhibitors, all showcasing their products, equipment, and services for those interested in veterinary medicine and care. In addition, the convention typically offers hands-on labs, lectures, and interactive sessions, so members can learn first-hand about trends in the industry. Attendees also have an opportunity to fulfill continuing education (CE) requirements and network with others. The 2017 convention is scheduled for July 21 – 25 in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Signs to Observe in Ragdoll Cats for Urgent Care

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Ragdoll Cats

Dr. Jennifer Creed has more than 15 years of emergency veterinary medicine experience and more than five years of general practice experience. She most recently worked at Emergency Veterinary Services in Lisle, Illinois. Involved with the treatment and rescue of purebred cats, Dr. Jennifer Creed is especially attuned to the needs of ragdoll cats.

Typically a bigger cat with males reaching 20 pounds and females around 10 to 15 pounds, ragdolls are affectionate cats who tend to get along with people, including kids, and dogs. These cats reach full size when they turn four years old. Their striking blue eyes make them stand out, and they have a semi-longhaired coat that comes in six colors and four patterns.

According to the Aubrey Animal Medical Center, there are some signs ragdoll cat owners should pay attention to when caring for their pet. If the cat shows any of the following signs, the pet owner should take seek immediate medical care.

* Cloudiness or redness in the eyes

* Excessive scratching or shaking the head or ears

* Sudden hind leg weakness or paralysis

* Weakness or rapid breathing

* Inability to urinate or discolored urine

Ragdoll Cat Breed

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Ragdoll Cats

Dr. Jennifer Creed is an alumnus of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. A practicing veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed has a professional interest in feline medicine and particular experience with the Ragdoll breed.

With captivating blue eyes, ragdolls are large, semi-longhaired cats with a laid-back temperament. The body of the cat is lighter than the tails, legs, ears, and face, meaning they are a pointed breed. Females of this breed typically weigh around 10 to 15 pounds, and males weigh up to 15 or 20 pounds once they mature. Because Ragdolls are slow-maturing, their coats do not show full color until they are at least 2 years old.

Ragdolls have been known to show more interest in humans than other breeds of cats. Ragdolls are known to meet their owners at the door and follow them through the house. As they are on the gentler side, they don’t usually play with their claws, making them a good choice as a family cat.

Training a Cat to Let You Sleep at Night



An experienced veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Creed has treated many domestic animals, with a special focus on cats. As well as performing ongoing health checkups for pets, Dr. Jennifer Creed advises pet owners on the best approaches to manage cat behavior, such as bothersome nocturnal activity.

Cats often nap during the day and experience periods of wakefulness during the night. This schedule is due in part to their wild ancestors who stayed up during the night. If your cat wakes you up regularly, first make sure that he or she doesn’t have a medical problem that is causing pain or interfering with sleep. If this is not the case, there are a number of things to try to encourage your cat not to bother you during the overnight hours.

For instance, you might play with your cat periodically during the evening. Use interactive cat toys such as dangling items or stuffed animal toys, and use them to help wear him or her out. You might also consider feeding your pet before going to bed, as cats usually fall asleep after a substantial meal.

You may still find that your cat gets hungry at some point in the night and wakes you up for food. An automatic feeder can dispense food for your cat during the night, making it less likely that you will be bothered.

If your cat does wake you to play or otherwise get attention, avoid getting up and interacting with your pet. This will just encourage him or her to continue with the behavior. A vet or a cat training specialist can provide additional guidance and tips for achieving more restful sleep as a cat owner.