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Initially treating fading puppies and kittens
Providing adequate warmth, hydration, and nutrition are the priorities in treating puppies and kittens with this fading syndrome. Additional initial therapy is indicated when the cause of the illness is evident.


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One form of wasting syndrome in pups due to thymic atrophy was responsive, in limited clinical trials, to subcutaneous injections of 0.1 mg/kg of pituitary-derived bovine growth hormone daily for five doses, then on alternate days for five doses, then every three days for four additional doses.23

CONCLUSION

Treating fading puppy and kitten syndrome focuses on correcting hypothermia, hypoglycemia, dehydration, and inadequate nutrition, as well as treating any treatable disease that may be present. Frequent serial monitoring and subsequent adjustment of therapy will provide successful outcomes in a high percentage of cases.

Joni L. Freshman, DVM, MS, DACVIM
Canine Consultations
3060 Woodview Court
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

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