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Chronic Diarrhea in Cats – Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

At a glance: About: Chronic diarrhea is the passage of loose, watery stools which may be more or less frequent than normal. Causes: Parasites, gastrointestinal disease, systemic disease, dietary, chronic infections. Diagnosis: Baseline tests, imaging, and specific tests depending on the suspected cause. Treatment: The goal of treatment is to address the underlying cause and […]

Barium Studies (Barium Series) For Cats

Also called an esophagram, upper series or contrast study, a barium study is a diagnostic test to evaluate suspected gastrointestinal disease. Barium sulphate, a white radio-opaque metallic powder, is administered to the cat via syringe into the cheek pouch. Once swallowed, the barium coats the inside walls of the gastrointestinal tract which shows up the […]

Hairball Awareness Day

Today is Hairball Awareness Day, a day for cat lovers to think about this common condition in cats. A hairball is a sausage shaped collection of undigested fur which is occasionally vomited up by cats. The medical name for a hairball is a trichobezoar. Cats are diligent groomers and the reverse barbs on their tongues […]




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