WVC 92nd Annual Conference
The link between malnutrition and increased morbidity is well-established for humans with chronic intestinal diseases. The consequence of malnutrition and unintended weight loss in feline enteropathy is underexplored but is also likely associated with a poorer prognosis and reduction in quality of life. If left untreated, malnutrition and unintended weight loss in cats with chronic enteropathy could result in sarcopenia, immunosuppression, and exacerbation of intestinal inflammation, in addition to other sequela. There can be many reasons for unintended weight loss in cats with intestinal disease. For this reason, veterinary practitioners must develop an individualized therapeutic plan for each feline patient to address malnutrition, unintended weight loss, and other signs such as vomiting with the goal of long-term quality of life for the cat and their caregiver. In this one-hour seminar, case examples will be used to frame the discussion of an individualized nutritional and pharmacologic approach used to combat weight loss and vomiting in cats with chronic enteropathies.