yellow fat disease

yellow fat disease

A vitamin E deficiency syndrome affecting various mammals, in particular cats, who are fed excess omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids from fish oils, especially tuna.

Clinical findings
Greasy, dull coat and flaky skin; severe pain when touched; anorexia, fever. In humans, excess fish-oils cause increased bleeding time, especially after aspirin ingestion, which may play a role in cardiac necrosis and increased susceptibility to catecholamine-induced stress.

Management
Limit intake of tuna; add vitamin E to diet.
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Yellow fat disease is a vitamin E-associated nutritional disease in cats that comes from a diet consisting highly of oily fish or fish by-products.
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