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Do you know about IBD?

This condition can occur in both dogs and cats. Clinical can vary; cats usually present for chronic vomiting and may have other non-specific signs such as decreased appetite, energy levels and weight loss

In cats, it can be associated with other conditions such as pancreatitis and cholangitis/cholangiohepatitis that often occur concurrently

It is often a diagnosis of exclusion and requires intestinal biopsies for definitive diagnosis

Therapy focuses around immunosuppressive medications but other treatments may be recommended as well

The goal is to eventually to have to give the lowest effective dose for control of clinical signs

Nutritional management is also very important in IBD. Your vet may recommend a food trial with a novel protein or hydrolyzed protein prescription diet.


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3) Yin, S. A. (2010). The small animal veterinary nerdbook. Davis, CA: CattleDog Pub.

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