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Malabsorption Syndrome

General Information

Pets with malabsorption syndrome cannot properly absorb digested nutrients from the small intestine into the bloodstream. Though the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, it may be related to allergy to the protein found in cereal grains. Some cases of malabsorption may result from chronic intestinal irritation or abnormal lymph drainage of the intestine.

Pets with malabsorption have loose bowel movements that may be frothy, with a foul odor. The appetite is usually poor, and weight loss, vomiting and weakness are common.

Diagnosis of malabsorption is by clinical signs, physical examination, absorption tests and occasionally intestinal biopsy. The lifetime outlook for patients with malabsorption is quite variable.

Important Points in Treatment

1. Give all medication as directed. Call the doctor if you cannot give the medication.

2. Diet: Feeding a controlled diet is the most important aspect of treating malabsorption syndrome. Feed your pet as follows:

3. Exercise: Follow the instructions checked.

____Normal activity is allowed.

____Restrict your pet's activity as follows: ________________________________________

4. The goal of treatment in malabsorption syndrome is control, rather than cure. Please feel free to call the doctor at any time if you feel your pet is not doing well.

Notify the Doctor if Any of the Following Occur:

* There is no improvement in your pet's condition.

* Your pet's signs return after an apparent recovery.

* Your pet continues to lose weight.

* Your pet seems weak or confused, or has seizures