Dealing With Dysrexia in Dogs and Cats
The mechanisms by which illness suppresses appetite are complex, and we do not yet have a clear picture of them all. The term dysrexia refers to a disruption in food intake, including anorexia (not eating), hyporexia (eating less) and eating an unbalanced diet. In addition to all the physiological consequences of poor food intake, this takes a toll on the pet owner and can lead to premature decisions about discontinuation of therapy or euthanasia.
Diarrhea, Vomiting, and Food, Oh My! Nutritional Management for Gastrointestinal Disease
Nutritional management of gastrointestinal disease is a broad topic incorporating both acute and chronic diseases of the stomach, small intestines, pancreas, gallbladder, and colon. As such, this article introduces the types of gastrointestinal diets available to help the clinician decide which one is best based on their nutritional components.
A Weighty Matter: Effectively Communicating with Clients about Pet Obesity
Cailin Heinze, VMD, MS, Diplomate ACVN, & Deborah Linder, DVM, Diplomate ACVN This article presents the key concepts to a successful conversation with clients about their overweight pets, and how to implement a weight loss plan. The blood and urine analyses recently ordered on a patient show azotemia in the face of low urine specific …
Treatment of Obesity in Cats and Dogs
There are many adverse consequences for not managing canine and feline obesity, including development of diabetes mellitus and reduced lifespan.