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Anorexia

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


Definition

  • Loss or lack of appetite.
  • Anorexia may be partial (hyporexia) or complete.
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Types of anorexia and their underlying causes

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Diagnosing an underlying cause

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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

  • 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.
  • Quimby J M, Gustafson D L, Samber B J et al (2011) Studies on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of mirtazapine in healthy young cats. J Vet Pharm Therapeutics 34 (4), 388-396 PubMed.
  • Quimby J M, Gustafson D L & Lunn K F (2011) The pharmacokinetics of mirtazapine in cats with chronic kidney disease and in age-matched control cats. JVIM 25 (5), 985-989 PubMed.

Anorexia references

  • Chan D L (2009) The Inappetent Hospitalised Cat: Clinical Approach to Maximising Nutritional Support. J Feline Med Surg 11 (11), 925-933 PubMed.
  • Zoran D L (2007) From Anorexia to Obesity: The Role of Nutrition in Feline diseases. J Feline Med Surg (1),  ix-xii VetMedResource.
  • Michel K E (2001) Management of Anorexia in the Cat. J Feline Med Surg (1), 3-8 PubMed.

Body condition score references

  • German A J, Holden S L, Moxham G L et al (2006) A simple, reliable tool for owners to assess the body condition of their dog or cat. J Nutr 136 (7 Suppl), 2031S-2033S PubMed.
  • Laflamme D (1997) Development and validation of a body condition score system for cats: a clinical tool. Feline Pract 25 (5/6), 13-18 VetMedResource.
  • Edney A T, Smith P M (1986) Study of obesity in dogs visiting veterinary practices in the United Kingdom. Vet Rec 118 (14), 391-396 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Gujanavaki I (2014) Management of the anorexic cat. In Practice 36, 163-171.
  • BSAVA Formulary. (2014) 8th edn. BSAVA.
  • Ettinger S J, Feldman E C (2010) Textbook of Veterinary Internal Medicine. 7th edn. Elsevier.
  • German A C (2010) How to approach the anorexic cat. In: How to & collected articles from BSAVA Companion. (2013) BSAVA, Gloucs. pp. 11-17.

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