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Feline Constipation: Getting Crap Out of a Cat

22 Jun 2021
Clinical Theater 1
Internal Medicine

Feline constipation is a potentially terminal disease (megacolon) and must be recognized early and approached aggressively to enhance the chances of a successful outcome. A case example will be used to help illustrate the numerous clinical signs associated with constipation in cats. Although the most common diagnosis is "idiopathic", the importance and logistics of a thorough diagnostic work-up will be emphasized. A large number of varied treatment options for constipated cats will be discussed; anecdotal, complimentary, and pharmaceutical will be detailed. The safe and effective use of enema administration will be illustrated and a treatment strategy to avoid manual disimpaction will be described.

Craig Webb, Professor - Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital

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