Failure to grow
Gelens, Hans C. J.Ihle, Sherri L.
The Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice
Failure to grow in pups and kittens can be the result of many factors. Dietary, metabolic, endocrine, parasitic, neoplastic, and genetic diseases may be responsible for a failure to thrive alone or in concert with other disorders. A complete history, physical examination, complete blood cell count, biochemistry profile, and urinalysis are the initial steps to define the underlying disorder(s). Subsequent tests may be needed based on these initial diagnostic results.