Presented by Dr Sara Davies MRCVS

Sunday 24th April 2022 19.00 – 20.00

Webinar Cost £15.00

(Free for ICB members)

About the Webinar

There has been much research in the last few years highlighting the importance of the age at which we neuter dogs, but the timing of that in relation to the oestrus cycle of the bitch has received far less attention. Unfortunately, if spayed at the wrong point in their cycle bitches can enter a state of ‘persistent phantom pregnancy’ and, unlike a ‘normal’ phantom pregnancy, this one does not go away on its own and can lead to intractable and unpredictable anxiety or aggression. In this webinar, Sara will explain the current state of knowledge of how both ‘normal’ and ‘persistent’ phantom pregnancies arise, the behaviour changes they can cause, their diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. You’ll also find out why she considers phantom pregnancy ‘the silent killer…’


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About the presenter

Sara is a UK registered veterinary surgeon who spent nine years in small animal practice before switching to pet behaviour and training where she has worked for the last nineteen years. In addition to her degree in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, she is an honour graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, has a City & Guilds qualification in teaching adult learners, and is a Fear Free Certified Professional. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, and an Animal Behaviour & Training Council registered veterinary behaviourist and clinical animal behaviourist. She is a committed reward-based trainer with a keen interest in both the welfare of the pet and the comfort of the client.