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Anorexia

Synonym(s): Inappetence; weight loss; thin; inappetent; not eating

Contributor(s): Vetstream Ltd, Aarti Kathrani

Definition

  • Loss or lack of appetite and voluntary food intake.
  • Anorexia may be partial (hyporexia, less than 100% of typical daily intake) or complete (0% of typical daily intake).
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Causes

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Diagnostic work-up

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Monitoring

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When to intervene

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Treatment

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from VetMed Resource and PubMed.
  • Parker V J & Freeman L M (2013) Comparison of various solutions to dissolve critical care diet clots. J Vet Emerg Crit Care (San Antonio) 23(3), 344-347 PubMed.
  • Chan D L & Freeman L M (2006) Nutrition in critical illness. Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract 36(6), 1225-41, v-vi PubMed.
  • Chan D L (2004) Nutritional requirements of the critically ill patient. Clin Tech Small Anim Pract 19(1), 1-5 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Fascetti A J & Delaney S J (eds) (2012) Applied Veterinary Clinical Nutrition. Enteral Nutrition and Tube Feeding. Larsen J A, John Wiley & Sons Ltd.,West Sussex, UK. pp 329-352.
  • Hand M S et al ( eds) (2010)  Small Animal Clinical Nutrition, 5th Edition. Critical Care Nutrition and Enteral-Assisted Feeding. Saker K, Remillard R, Mark Morris Institute, Topeka, Kansas. pp 439-477.
  • Laflamme D (1997) Development and validation of a body condition score system for dogs. Canine Practice 22, 10-15.


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