Evaluation of Nutrition in Dogs with Septic Peritonitis
A retrospective study evaluated the impact of route of nutrition on length of hospitalization and survival to discharge in 68 dogs with septic peritonitis. Nutritional strategy was categorized into voluntary, feeding tube, parentera (PR), and a combination of feeding tube and parenteral. Body weight, body condition score, time without caloric, length of hospitalization, and percentage of resting energy requirements provided during the first 3 days of nutritional support were recorded. Overall, 54/68 dogs survived (79%). Survival Prediction scores were not significantly different between groups. Dogs receiving PN only were less likely to survive than those receiving any enteral nutrition. Compared to dogs not receiving PN, dogs receiving any PN were significantly less likely to survive and were in hospital significantly longer. Dogs with septic peritonitis that received any PN were in hospital longer and less likely to survive but may have been sicker than those receiving other forms of nutritional support.
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