Loss Of Appetite - Anorexia


A loss of appetite can be caused by a vast range of problems in or outside the digestive tract. Causes of appetite loss include:

  • Pain
  • Injury
  • Disease
  • Fear
  • Stress
  • Over-eating
  • Unpalatable diet

Increased Appetite - Polyphagia

An increased appetite is normal in growing puppies and kittens, pregnant or lactating females, in cold weather and when pets have increased exercise or are fed low-calorie diets. Increased appetite is also associated with the use of several drugs, particularly corticosteroids and anticonvulsants. Increased appetite is associated with a variety of medical conditions including an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism in cats), sugar diabetes (diabetes mellitus) and a variety of conditions affecting the digestive tract.

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