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Companion Animal Practice
The chronically diarrhoeic dog
  1. Marge Chandler

    Marge Chandler qualified as a doctor of veterinary medicine from Colorado State University in 1984. She is currently the Waltham Lecturer in Internal Medicine and Nutrition at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. She holds a masters degree in animal nutrition and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine, the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (Companion Animal) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. Her particular interests lie in clinical nutrition, gastroenterology, and general internal medicine.

Abstract

DIARRHOEA is described as chronic when it has been present, either constantly or intermittently, for longer than two weeks. Determining whether the diarrhoea is primarily large or small intestinal in origin is important for deciding upon the diagnostic and therapeutic approach. This article discusses the pathophysiology of diarrhoea and outlines a diagnostic approach to chronic diarrhoea of small intestinal origin. An article in the next issue will set out an approach to the diagnosis of diarrhoea of large intestinal origin and discuss a few specific diarrhoeic diseases.

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