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Companion Animal Practice
Practical approach to diarrhoea in the cat
  1. Kostas Papasouliotis

    Kostas Papasouliotis graduated from the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1989. He joined the Bristol veterinary school and in 1994 gained a PhD on ‘Aspects of small intestinal function in cats and dogs’. He is currently resident in clinical pathology at Bristol and his interests include feline gastroenterology and laboratory medicine.

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  2. Tim Gruffydd-Jones

    Tim Gruffydd-Jones graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London, in 1973 and was awarded a PhD from the University of Bristol in 1982. He is currently reader in small animal medicine and director of the Feline Centre at Bristol. He is an RCVS Specialist in Feline Medicine, and his interests include feline infectious diseases, feline gastroenterology and endocrinology.

Abstract

DIARRHOEA is defined as the passage of soft, semi-formed or liquid faeces at an increased frequency and may occur as a consequence of several pathogenic mechanisms; specifically, osmotic retention of water within the intestinal lumen, hypersecretion of ions and accompanying water into the lumen, exudation of blood serum proteins and tissue fluid, or disordered intestinal motility. This article outlines the diagnostic and therapeutic approach to acute diarrhoea in the cat and then goes on to discuss, in greater depth, the most common intestinal diseases in the differential diagnosis of chronic diarrhoea in cats.

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