Animal & Bird Medical Center of Palm Harbor
Medical Database

Gastrointestinal Disorders

Malabsorption Syndrome

General Information
Pets with malabsorption syndrome cannot properly absorb digested nutrients from the small intestine into the bloodstream. Although the exact cause of the disorder is unknown, it may be related to an allergy to the protein found in cereal grains. Some cases of malabsorption may result from chronic intestinal irritation or abnormal lymph drainage of the intestine.

Pets with malabsorption have loose bowel movements that may be frothy, with a foul odor. The appetite is usually poor, and weight loss, vomiting, and weakness are common.

Diagnosis of malabsorption is by clinical signs, physical examination, absorption tests, and occasionally intestinal biopsy. The lifetime outlook for patients with malabsorption is quite variable.

An Important Update From Animal & Bird Medical Center On COVID-19

We are committed to offering a safe and healthy environment for our clients, pets and hospital team here at Animal and Bird Medical Center. The best way to avoid becoming ill is to avoid exposure to the virus. Taking typical preventive actions is key.

In being cautious and mindful of everyone’s safety, we are actively working to minimize your exposure to crowded exam rooms and long waits in the lobby.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes to our protocols in-hospital for the time-being…

In order to limit exposure while still providing quality care for your pet, we will be implementing special protocols to keep you safe.

We will have our veterinary technicians get a history of the patient’s symptoms and owner’s concerns via phone prior to coming into the clinic.

Our goal is for you to be able to bring your pet in for medical care but have no risk for you or our dedicated staff of transmitting the COVID-19 virus.

The Doctors and staff are dedicated to making sure your pet’s medical needs are taken care of during this national crisis.

We can still fill prescriptions for pick up, however, for those who prefer, non-narcotic and non-urgent prescriptions can be mailed to your home.

As always, careful hand-washing and other infection control practices can greatly reduce the chance of spreading any disease.