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Constipated Cats. When the Going Gets Tough, What Can You Do?

Free Webinar brought to you by Hill’s Pet Nutrition USA – Clinical Series
1 Hr of RACE CE approved
Approved for 1 hour of NYSED credit

Dr Sherry Sanderson

Start Date
June 15, 2021
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Constipation is a common problem, especially in older cats. It most commonly results from impaired colonic motility, excessive dehydration of the luminal contents or both. Chronic constipation in cats can progress to obstipation, and in some cases further progress into megacolon, and nutritional management of constipation is an important part of medical management of this condition. Dietary fiber is one of the key nutritional factors for treating chronic constipation, and it is important to understand how different fiber types affect the colon. Some additional options for medical management of constipation include maintaining normal hydration, stool softeners, and prokinetic drugs. This lecture will discuss the importance of understanding the effects that various dietary fibers types have in the colon, and how these effects can change when impaired colonic motility is a factor. In addition, stool softeners, prokinetic drugs and tips on preventing complications associated with obstipated cats will also be discussed.

When is it?

Note: This webinar is being recorded. If you are unable to attend the live lecture, a link to the recording will be shared with you a few days following the lecture.


Sherry Sanderson


Sherry Sanderson received a BS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay in 1986 and a DVM degree from the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1990. After graduating from vet school, she completed a 1 year rotating internship in Small Animal Medicine and Surgery at Oklahoma State University-College of Veterinary Medicine. She then returned to the University of Minnesota to complete a combined graduate program and dual residencies in Small Animal Internal Medicine and Small Animal Clinical Nutrition. She is a diplomate in both The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (ACVN). She is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Georgia-College of Veterinary Medicine where she received the Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award in 2013 and was honored as a Veterinary Medicine Outstanding Teaching Faculty from the University of Georgia in 2014. She has published over 80 manuscripts, book chapters and research abstracts. Her research interests include the use of nutritional management for the prevention and treatment of diseases in dogs and cats. Areas of particular interest include Urology and Nephrology, Obesity, Prebiotics, Probiotics and the interaction of Carnitine and Taurine in Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy. Most recently she has added the Human Animal Bond as an area of research, and is currently involved with a feasibility study funded by HABRI with supplemental support from Nestle Purina Pet Care that pairs seniors living alone with foster cats (with the option to adopt) from the local humane society.

Watch the Recording of this lecture and get your CE certificate here