By Ashley Self, BS, LVMT, VTS (Nutrition)
Courtesy of University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
Preventing or limiting a nutritionally induced or influenced catabolic state in patients with varying debilitating diseases or metabolic alterations should be an important goal amongst the veterinary team. In human medicine, malnutrition is common among hospitalized patients and can be associated with negative health outcomes, such as length of hospitalization, hospital readmission and higher mortality rates.1,2
While inadequate or delayed nutritional support and the impact on mortality rate is not as well defined in veterinary patients, early enteral feeding is supported by preserving gastrointestinal integrity, reducing bacterial translocation, and improving immune funct...
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