Gastroenteropathy in Norwegian Lundehunds.

TitleGastroenteropathy in Norwegian Lundehunds.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsBerghoff N, Ruaux CG, Steiner JM, Williams DA
JournalCompendium (Yardley, PA)
Pagination456-65, 468-70; quiz 470-1
Date Published2007 Aug
KeywordsAnimals, Blood Chemical Analysis, Breeding, Diagnosis, Differential, Dog Diseases, Dogs, Feces, Female, Gastrointestinal Diseases, Hematologic Tests, Immunohistochemistry, Male, Prognosis

Norwegian Lundehunds are often affected by gastrointestinal disease, the most common clinical signs of which are intermittent diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, lethargy, ascites, and subcutaneous edema of the hind legs. The most frequent laboratory changes include hypoalbuminemia (with or without hypoglobulinemia), hypocalcemia, a decrease in the serum cobalamin concentration, and an increase or decrease in the serum folate concentration, reflecting microbial synthesis or malabsorption, respectively. Histopathologic abnormalities can include chronic atrophic gastritis, intestinal lymphangiectasia, and lymphoplasmacytic enteritis. Because the underlying cause of gastroenteropathy in Norwegian Lundehunds has not been identified, treatment is symptomatic.

Alternate JournalCompend Contin Educ Vet