Disorders of appetite are very common in veterinary patients. Obesity from overfeeding is common in companion animals and is best managed by educating the owner and regulating the animal’s diet. Anorexia is a common clinical problem seen with many systemic diseases, which exacerbates disease-induced catabolism. In the anorexic animal that does not respond to coaxing with small quantities of highly palatable foods, drug therapy may be used to stimulate appetite. The effect of specific drugs on food intake can involve hunger, satiety, or enhancement of the positive evaluation of taste.
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