Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Southern Ontario
I had a cat w/chronic constipation - the vet refered to it as megacolon.
It started off as difficulty - told to add pumpkin
Maintained that for a bit - back to the vet - script high fibre food
not much help - add script high fibre wet food
Add lactulose (human med for constipation) - very liittle help
add pills (don't remember what) - continued to go downhill
Cat became despondent - hiding, hunched up in pain, would try to defecate and couldn't, dragging it's butt - started vomiting feces.
When it could evacuate it was the size and shape of a golf ball.
Into the vet for enemas's and IV fluids.
Used suppositories to try to help.
He was so bad at one point I finally resided to PTS. Signed the papers, needle prepped...saying goodbye, my vet is chocked, roommate w/me...I looked at Jose (hose-eh) and then the vet and said what about this surgery we had discussed...he called the specialist - quoted 1500 to remove large intestine (he was 11 yrs.), took blood work to see if was suitable for surgery.
Vet had surgeon call me to reassure - told me over 90% success rate, that the small intestine would take over.
Cat has surgery...ends up with chronic diarrhea - had to cover all my furniture, bedding, pillows, go around w/steam cleaner for mulitiple skid marks on the carpet - cat would pass gas and liquid poop would fly.
Multiple trips to vet...butt was enflamed and raw...cat was miserable, room-mate too, and me, a mess....changed script foods to no avail.
Vet was at a loss but wouldn't send me to specialist (only take by referal)...I forced my way in one day when I finally found out where there was one. Refused to leave until they saw my cat. They called my vet to force him to refer...he did.
Blood work showed bacterial infection from the surgery - 10 days of abx. Started to come around but was never normal and always scooted - 4 more yrs. with the handy steam cleaner - spot cleaning.
Moral - If I had the right vet and the right food (natural), he and I and others wouldn't have suffered (for years!) and I wouldn't have been out approx. $4000 + in vet visits.
Get some raw green tripe, this will assist the digestion, vit. C will work as a natural stool softener and a bit of pumpkin.
Possible stool blockage may be causing fluids to back up.
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