I am glad you are still here.
Please excuse us, this is slightly embarrassing, but it seems important.
This issue was mentioned briefly in the following topic, and I have never seen it anywhere else on the web.viewtopic.php?f=4&t=13253&p=69254
The issue is that, with a paralyzed dog, they always tell you that you need to express the bladder, but the bowel will take care of itself
. That is true, but not eqaully true for all dogs. With some dogs, stools drop out here and there during the day, but my dog has a tight bladder sphincter and a tight anal sphincter and if I leave her to pass her stools when her body just "does it", then she ends up with stools of a size appropriate for a golden retriever....and she is a chihuahua. So I help her by pinching her bottom every day to pop out the stools that have collected near the exit...but are not exiting.
I said in the above-referenced thread that sometimes it seems her stools move down the colon into the rectum, and then turn sideways because they cannot easily exit because the sphincter is closed. Then other stools continue to move down the colon, and they clump up near the exit, still not coming out. That is how you get a large diameter stool appropriate for a much larger dog. She has been on a stool softener in the past, and a different diet, because I thought maybe her stools were too firm or too bulky, however it turns out she has the same tight sphincter even when she has very soft stools, and she still
does better with pinching to help her elimination, only then we're pinching messier stools.
Soft stools or firm stools, she's just tight. Yes, I suppose she would go eventually as they say, but I think it's better not to wait for Nature to take its course. And anyway, having an accumulation of stool backed up in the colon makes expressing her bladder harder, so that alone is enough reason to express her bowel.
In the picture above, you see me palpating around her bottom, I am determining the size of what is inside. A chihuahua should have stools similar in size to the stools of a cat...but you can see this stool I am pinching is over an inch wide.
As you can see from the bulge of the rectum, this stool is pretty big...and I just expressed her bowel about 10 hours before this.
I am going to have to start squeezing, and I use a wiggling motion to get the crown of the stool to begin to force open the tight sphincter.
In this final photo, you can see the first stool, the one nearest the exit, had not come out and had turned sideways inside her bottom, and the next stool in line collided with it and they kind of formed into one T-shaped stool. The other stools in line after this will come out as they should, one at a time and headfirst, not sideways.
I actually have this on video, I just haven't had a chance to edit the video yet because Moviemaker didn't install when I downloaded it and tried to install it on my computer. I'm not sure I want to post the video anyway, but if you don't believe me...let me know. This was real, not photoshopped or anything.