Health

January 2011 Issue

Feline Intestinal Disorders

IBD is by far the most common, but other health dangers can target your catís intestinal tract.

Intestinal disorders rank among those most frequently treated by veterinarians at local clinics and large referral hospitals throughout the U.S. According to Melanie Craven, BVM, an internist and researcher in gastroenterology at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine, vomiting, diarrhea and dramatic weight loss are the most common signs of feline intestinal disease in cats. However, she notes, subtler signs such as lethargy and appetite fluctuations can also suggest the presence of an intestinal disorder. Some of these disorders may be secondary to conditions originating in other organs, such as the thyroid gland, liver, kidneys and pancreas. But according to Dr. Craven, the problems usually originate in either the upper or lower segments of a catís intestines.

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