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Feature August 2014 Issue

Feline Intestinal Disorders

Vomiting and diarrhea, frequently accompanied by noticeable weight loss, are the most commonly observed clinical signs of feline intestinal disease.

Feline Intestinal Disorders

A wide variety of diseases — some serious, some not — can affect your cat’s intestines. The most common is inflammatory bowel disease.

Among all feline health problems, disorders that affect the intestinal tract rank among those that are most frequently diagnosed and treated by veterinarians. According to Linda Ross, DVM, an associate professor of small animal medicine at the Cummings school, “The most common presenting complaints of such conditions are vomiting and diarrhea. At our clinic, we treat cats with these problems on a weekly basis. At a primary care facility, I would guess that veterinarians see multiple animals per week with one intestinal disorder or another.”

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