COLORECTAL disease is a common problem in dogs and cats. As an umbrella term, it covers a wide range of conditions from congenital abnormalities, such as rectovaginal fistula, through acquired disease, such as megacolon, to neoplastic disease. This article reviews the relevant surgical anatomy and general principles of colorectal surgery before focusing on the clinical features and surgical approach to the more common and clinically relevant conditions involving the colon and rectum seen in small animals. Although some of these may be considered ‘routine’ cases, their surgical treatment and postoperative care can be challenging.
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