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Sindyeli 03-11-2014 03:45 PM

Weak anal muscles
 
Malik is now, saw his vet this morning and has weak anal muscles, which explains why we find, on occasion, a ping pong ball size of poop on his bed, pretty firm. Vet said his sphincter should tighten around his finger during the probing and it doesn't.
The vet said "the whole assembly line" isn't working very well, he has a lot of poop backed up, which we saw last November in an xray for a different problem. An enema wouldn't do much as it would just clear the end part of the pipe. He thinks putting him on a low-fiber diet is better, to avoid creating lots of bulk with a fiber-rich diet. So he wants Malik on Science Diet ID, which we tried before, and can't remember why we stopped. I'm not thrilled about the choice and wonder if any of you have a better or any suggestion. My vet is great, but is a business man as he has to run his clinic, and he sells Science Diet products so I suspect he pushed that some.
As a note, Malik gets 3 to 4 walks a day, so plenty of chances to eliminate, yet, like my hb says, we can't squeeze it out of him if he's not ready :laugh:

Msmaria 03-11-2014 03:59 PM

Here's some info, until the more experienced posters come along. Good luck with your guy.

Read the comments also
Dog Food Fiber | Frequently Asked Questions

http://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...enior-dog.html

Sindyeli 03-11-2014 04:12 PM

thanks, and as an added note, Malik is lean, 100 lbs for a tall dog, the vet congratulated me for keeping him that way, and his anal glands are NOT inflammed, perfectly fine, happy day.

LisaT 03-16-2014 02:43 AM

If he has a lot of poop backed up, I would be more concerned about the integrity of the entire digestive tract. I might slowly add some probiotics with apple pectin. I also wouldn't go for a grain free diet.

jocoyn 03-16-2014 07:30 AM

Is he intact? Has he checked his prostate gland? It can enlarge and block the exit and make it hard.

Sindyeli 03-18-2014 12:08 AM

The vet did a thorough check on him, and he is healthy aside than that issue. I am researching foods and probiotics to put him on.


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