Tacking the older cat with chronic gastrointestinal disease
This lecture will focus on prioritising and decision-making with chronic diarrhoea in older cats, and with the aim of maximising quality of life.
Chronic diarrhoea is a common clinical problem in older cats and can be difficult both to diagnose and manage. For example, inflammatory bowel disease and alimentary lymphoma are both common in older cats, and can be difficult to differentiate from one another. Furthermore, older cats often suffer from multiple disease concurrently, which creates problems both with determining which disease is the cause, but also in how it can be managed. Whilst many diagnostic investigations are often required to make a definitive diagnosis, the clinician should be careful about the impact that this might have. Therefore, a trial-and-error approach to management is sometimes necessary, and compromises may be required in both dietary and therapeutic plans. This lecture will focus on prioritising and decision-making with chronic diarrhoea in older cats, and with the aim of maximising quality of life.
- Discuss diseases that can cause gastrointestinal signs in older cats.
- Manage older cats with multiple chronic diseases causing gastrointestinal signs
- Prioritise quality of life when making decisions about diagnosis and management of gastrointestinal diseases in older cats