Anorexia in our sick and, or, older patients is a frequent finding.

These canine and feline patients refuse to eat due due to their illness. Among the factors affecting the appetite of these patients are nausea and pain, either chronic or acute.

The lack of appetite has serious negative effects on these dogs and cats, and often affects negatively the human members of the family, as they watch their pets, that always had such good appetite, suddenly refuse to eat.

I often hear from these loving owners that if only their pet would start eating again it will impact them as pet owners so positively, and of course will help their pets.

In my practice we use newer generation appetite stimulants and anti nausea agents that often improve greatly the quality of life of these patients.

In summary: anorexia in sick and, or, elder patients is a problem that needs to be addressed with urgency as a means to improve the quality of life and outcome of illness of these canine and feline patients.

Dr. Ehud Sela

Gentle Vet Animal Hospital,

Margate, Florida


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