The main function of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract is to absorb nutrients from food and eliminate the portions the body cannot use. Protein-losing gastroenteropathy is a complex disease of the stomach and/or intestine that prevents adequate absorption of proteins from the diet. The condition can result from disorders of the lymphatic system, long-term inflammation of the GI tract, certain cancers, and fungal infections of the GI tract.
An important sign of protein-losing gastroenteropathy is progressive weight loss, even when high-quality diets are fed. Diarrhea may also occur, but it is usually sporadic.
Important Points in Treatment
1. Various laboratory tests are necessary to diagnose and monitor the response to treatment of this disease.
2. Critically ill animals may require hospitalization for initial treatment.