The medical management of a 2-year-old, neutered male cat presenting with haemorrhagic diarrhoea, anorexia and pyrexia
Friday, December 2, 2016
In early 2016, a 2-year-old, neutered male, domestic shorthaired cat was admitted to a first opinion veterinary surgery; presenting with haemorrhagic diarrhoea, anorexia and pyrexia. The patient was hospitalised for 4 days during which time an oesophageal feeding tube was placed. The nursing care focused on maintaining patient hygiene, monitoring key parameters, administering medication and supporting hydration and nutrition. The author's involvement included such care, assisting in the discharge appointment, and planning the home care for the patient. The concluding diagnosis by the presiding veterinary surgeon was thought to be viral enteritis, the symptoms of which took 3 to 4 weeks to resolve completely.
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