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Companion Animal Practice
Disorders of calcium homeostasis in small animals
  1. Penney Barber

    Penney Barber graduated from Edinburgh in 1988. After a period in mixed practice she gained a PhD from the Royal Veterinary College for research into feline chronic renal failure. In 1999, she returned to Edinburgh where she is currently Feline Advisory Bureau lecturer in feline medicine.


ALTHOUGH disorders of calcium metabolism are relatively common in dogs and cats, they are frequently difficult to diagnose clinically. However, improvements in the laboratory assessment of calcium homeostasis have greatly increased the understanding of these conditions and simplified their diagnosis. This article describes the general diagnostic approach to these disorders and considers the management of individual diseases.

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