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Abnormalities of eating and drinking

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Abstract

Dogs presenting with polydipsia, polyuria, polyphagia or weight loss are seen relatively commonly in clinical practice. There are multiple causes for each of these problems, and it is important that the clinician formulates a complete list of differential diagnoses prior to undertaking diagnostic investigations. This chapter considers polydipsia and polyuria, polyphagia, inappetence and weight loss. : Testing for hyperadrenocorticism: some important considerations.

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14.2 A general diagnostic approach to a dog with polyuria (PU) and polydipsia (PD).
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14.6 An example of a commercial dipstick testing kit.
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14.13 A German Shepherd Dog with a naso-oesophageal feeding tube in place. The tube is secured by glue and sutures. An Elizabethan collar prevents the dog interfering with the tube.
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14.15 A diagnostic approach to the dog with unintended weight loss. ACTH = adrenocorticotrophic hormone; CBC = complete blood count; CNS = central nervous system; EPI = exocrine pancreatic insufficency; RER = resting energy requirement; TLI = trypsin-like immunoreactivity.
Image of Ultrasonograms of the bilaterally enlarged (a) left and (b) right adrenal glands in a dog with PDHAC. Note that the shape of the glands is bilaterally preserved; however, both glands appear ‘plump’. Asterisks indicate the long axis of the gland. Reproduced from the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ultrasonography.
Ultrasonograms of the bilaterally enlarged (a) left and (b) right adrenal glands in a dog with PDHAC. Note that the shape of the glands is bilaterally preserved; however, both glands appear ‘plump’. Asterisks indicate the long axis of the gland. Reproduced from the BSAVA Manual of Canine and Feline Ultrasonography. Ultrasonograms of the bilaterally enlarged left and right adrenal glands in a dog with PDHAC. Note that the shape of the glands is bilaterally preserved; however, both glands appear ‘plump’. Asterisks indicate the long axis of the gland. Reproduced from the .

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