Colon and rectum

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This chapter covers the anatomy and function of the large intestine, diagnostic tests, diseases of the colon, neoplasia, polyps and constipation/obstipation/feline idiopathic megacolon.

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35.3 Rational approach to the diagnostic investigation of large intestinal diarrhoea in dogs and cats. ACTH = adrenocorticotropic hormone; FeLV = feline leukaemia virus; FIV = feline immunodeficiency virus.
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35.4 Rational approach to the diagnostic investigation of constipation in dogs and cats. Whilst performing diagnostic investigations, the constipation may need to be treated as detailed later. After complete faecal evacuation.
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