Optimal Cat Health…
One Life Stage at a Time
Bastet (bau stet)-half woman, half feline….the ancient Egyptian cat god. These animals have held a special place in our hearts and home ever since. Though there are more cats in the United States than dog, sadly, because they are expert at hiding their signs of illness, wellness exams for felines are much less common. By the time a pet parent realizes that there is a medical concern, the disease process is often extremely advanced, often with fatal consequences.
Dr. Joseph Bartges, Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at The University of Georgia College Of Veterinary Medicine will breakdown the health issues that beset cats during their life stages and what can be done to insure that they live long and thrive.
Dr. Bartges is a 1987 graduate of the University of Georgia and completed an internship and dual residency in internal medicine and nutrition and a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He is currently Professor of Medicine and Nutrition at The University of Georgia. Dr. Bartges is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal medicine) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition. He is the past president of the American Society of Veterinary Nephrology and Urology. He is internationally known for his research and publications in veterinary nephrology and urology and nutrition. He has published over 400 peer reviewed manuscripts, research abstracts, review articles, and book chapters and is the primary editor of Nephrology and Urology of Small Animals with Dr. Dave Polzin. He is on the editorial board of 5 journals including serving as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine. He has spoken at over 200 meetings including many international. He is focused on minimally invasive procedures and on clinical research in urinary tract diseases and nutrition. His significant other is Dr. Donna Raditic an integrative medicine practitioner who is also board certified in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition.