|Microenteral feeding specialist, Jam Animal Health, is hosting a free webinar on the 30th April to help educate vets in the correct feeding of pets with acute gastrointestinal (GI) disease. The company is concerned by the persisting approach amongst veterinary professionals of fasting acute gastroenteritis patients, despite current recommendations which advocate early intervention to protect the gut immune barrier and aid recovery.The webinar, entitled “Feed Don’t Fast: Early microenteral nutrition and management of acute GI disease”, will be delivered by Emergency and Critical Care Specialist, Dr Ava Firth BS DVM MVS MANZCVS DACVECC DECVECC MRCVS, to help spread the word about the necessity of early enteral support.
Dr Firth commented, “Evidence now shows that early enteral nutrition, even in severe parvovirus gastroenteritis cases, is of benefit¹. Enterocytes – the cells which line the gut – are very dependent on luminal nutrition and start to atrophy within just 90 minutes of receiving no direct nutrient supply. Many sick patients have already been anorexic for several days before we see them and by continuing to fast our acute GI patients we are in fact encouraging further damage to the gut wall and potentially putting them at increased risk of sepsis. I’d like to see all veterinary staff become familiar with the revised emphasis on early, proactive feeding².”
The webinar will cover common gastrointestinal dilemmas such as what to do with vomiting and diarrhoeic patients, as well as the current best practice approaches to pancreatitis, nutrition after GI surgery, and pre- and post-op feeding for optimal recovery. Dr Firth will also discuss the use of Oralade® microenteral and oral rehydration solution for assisted feeding in cats and dogs.
Registration for the free webinar is now open at www.feeddontfast.com and is open to all veterinarians, veterinary nurses and veterinary care/animal nursing assistants. The webinar will take place at 8pm on the 30th April and will include a Q&A session. CPD certificates will be available afterwards.
Those wishing to find out more about early enteral support are urged to visit www.feeddontfast.co.uk and www.oralade.co.uk.