Review Article| Volume 36, ISSUE 6, P1243-1249, November 2006

Download started.


Management of Anorexia in Dogs and Cats

  • Sean J. Delaney
    Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting, PC, 707 Fourth Street, Suite 307, Davis, CA 95616, USA.
    Davis Veterinary Medical Consulting, PC, 707 Fourth Street, Suite 307, Davis, CA 95616, USA

    Department of Molecular Biosciences, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA, USA
    Search for articles by this author
      Anorexia is defined as the lack or loss of appetite for food. In veterinary medicine, it is one of the most common presenting complaints for a myriad of disease processes with greatly varying pathogenesis. Given this variation in cause, one set of guidelines cannot be applicable to all anorexic patients; however, certain standard approaches that do not use assisted feeding may still prove helpful in differing diseases. The following article discusses these approaches and, where appropriate, highlights some disease-specific recommendations. In addition, guidelines for when to turn to assisted feeding are provided.
      To read this article in full you will need to make a payment

      Purchase one-time access:

      Academic & Personal: 24 hour online accessCorporate R&D Professionals: 24 hour online access
      One-time access price info
      • For academic or personal research use, select 'Academic and Personal'
      • For corporate R&D use, select 'Corporate R&D Professionals'

      Subscribers receive full online access to your subscription and archive of back issues up to and including 2002.

      Content published before 2002 is available via pay-per-view purchase only.


      Subscribe to Veterinary Clinics: Small Animal Practice
      Already a print subscriber? Claim online access
      Already an online subscriber? Sign in
      Institutional Access: Sign in to ScienceDirect


        • Kane E.
        • Leung P.M.B.
        • Rogers Q.R.
        • et al.
        Diurnal feeding and drinking patterns of adult cats as affected by changes in the level of fat in the diet.
        Appetite. 1987; 9: 89-98
        • Tôrres C.L.
        • Hickenbottom S.J.
        • Rogers Q.R.
        Palatability affects the percentage of metabolizable energy as protein selected by adult beagles.
        J Nutr. 2003; 133: 3516-3522
        • Dunayer E.K.
        Hypoglycemia following canine ingestion of xylitol-containing gum.
        Vet Hum Toxicol. 2004; 46: 87-88
        • Li X.
        • Li W.
        • Wang H.
        • et al.
        Pseudogenization of a sweet-receptor gene accounts for cats' indifference toward sugar.
        PLoS Genet. 2005; 1: 27-35
        • Kienzle E.
        Blood sugar levels and renal sugar excretion after the intake of high carbohydrate diets in cats.
        J Nutr. 1994; 124: 2563S-2567S
        • Duffy V.B.
        • Cain W.S.
        • Ferris A.M.
        Measurement of sensitivity to olfactory flavor: application in a study of aging and dentures.
        Chem Senses. 1999; 24: 671-677
        • Frasnelli J.A.
        • Temmel A.F.
        • Quint C.
        • et al.
        Olfactory function in chronic renal failure.
        Am J Rhinol. 2002; 16: 275-279
        • Bradshaw J.W.S.
        • Healey L.M.
        • Thorne C.J.
        • et al.
        Differences in food preferences between individuals and populations of domestic cats Felis sylvestris catus.
        Appl Anim Behav Sci. 2000; 68: 257-268
        • Hetherington M.M.
        • Foster R.
        • Newman T.
        • et al.
        Understanding variety: tasting different foods delays satiation.
        Phys Behav. 2006; 87: 263-271
        • Long J.P.
        • Greco S.C.
        The effect of propofol administered intravenously on appetite stimulation in dogs.
        Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science. 2000; 39: 43-46