Microenteral feeding specialist Jam Animal Health is hosting a free webinar on feeding pets with acute gastrointestinal (GI) disease.

The is concerned by what is says is a “persisting approach” among veterinary professionals of fasting acute gastroenteritis patients, despite current recommendations which advocate early intervention to protect the gut immune barrier and aid recovery.

The webinar, entitled “Feed Don’t Fast: Early microenteral nutrition and management of acute GI disease”, takes place on Thursday, April 30 at 8pm.

It will be delivered by emergency and critical care specialist Ava Firth who said evidence showed early enteral nutrition, even in severe parvovirus gastroenteritis cases, was of benefit¹.

“Enterocytes, the cells which line the gut, are very dependent on luminal nutrition and start to atrophy within just 90 minutes of receiving no direct nutrient supply,” Dr Firth said.

“Many sick patients have already been anorexic for several days before we see them and by continuing to fast our acute GI patients we are in fact encouraging further damage to the gut wall and potentially putting them at increased risk of sepsis.

“I’d like to see all veterinary staff become familiar with the revised emphasis on early, proactive feeding².”

The webinar will cover common gastrointestinal dilemmas such as what to do with vomiting and diarrhoeic patients, as well as the current best practice approaches to pancreatitis, nutrition after GI surgery, and pre- and post-op feeding for optimal recovery.

Dr Firth will also discuss the use of Jam Animal Health’s Oralade microenteral and oral rehydration solution for assisted feeding in cats and dogs.

Registration for the free webinar is now open at www.feeddontfast.co.uk and is open to all veterinary surgeons, veterinary nurses and animal nursing assistants. The webinar includes a Q&A session. CPD certificates will be available afterwards.


  1. Mohr AJ, Leisewitz AL, Jacobson LS, Steiner JM, Ruaux CG, Williams DA (2003) Effect of early enteral nutrition on intestinal permeability, intestinal protein loss, and outcome in dogs with severe parvoviral enteritis. J Vet Intern Med. 2003 Nov-Dec; 17(6):791-8.
  2. Judge P (2011) Nutritional Support of the Hospitalized Patient.
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