The Use of Polymeric Liquid Enteral Diets for Nutritional Support in Seriously III or Injured Small Animals: Clinical Results in 200 Patients

Dennis T. Crowe, Jennifer Devey, Darcie A. Palmer, Julie A. Churchill

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Abstract

This prospective, multicenter study evaluated the use of four polymeric liquid enteral (PLE) diets manufactured for dogs and cats in 200 ill or injured patients. Polymeric liquid enteral diets were administered by free-choice feeding, syringe, or feeding tube for up to 208 days. Overall results indicated a 4.9% incidence of vomiting in dogs and a 7.9% incidence in cats; an 8.9% incidence of diarrhea in dogs and an 18.4% incidence in cats. Patients fed the PLE diets seven days or longer had an average increase in body weight of 1.4% in dogs, an average decrease in body weight of 3.8% in cats, increases in lymphocyte counts, and mild decreases in serum albumin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)500-508
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the American Animal Hospital Association
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1997

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