The problem we are facing now is that he is constantly becoming constipated. He will be good for a few weeks and then we will have to take him to the vet to clean him out. The cycle then repeats. We have Bruce on 3ML of luctalose twice a day and only feed wet food. Yet, he still gets blocked. His stools are just so big. I have heard of low residue food, but not sure which to get or if it will help. Our vet said he seems to have had trauma to his pelvis area which seems to be smaller than it should be. I am looking for any advice or help. From time to time I have to give him enemas, which is what I just did about an hour ago. I also manually insert my finger to pull stool out, but when it is too far I do not want to risk injury and go with the enema. Is the "lobster" claw maneuver easy to do? Is it possible I could injure him?
Any suggestions would be wonderful. If you have any questions that would help please ask. We are desperate to get Bruce back on track.
This is a link for the low residue food. I have done the "lobster claw" massage on my cat (she was constipated but did not have megacolon) and it helped, but I recommend asking your vet because I do not know if it is different with megacolon. I think it would help mobilize the stool toward the anus so you could remove it more easily. Someone here said it also helps to do sub-Q fluids (you are already feeding wet food and giving a lot of lactulose to draw moisture into the stool) so you might ask the vet about that. They can do surgery and remove the stretched section of the colon for cats with megacolon. I do not think there is much risk of injury sweeping out stool manually if you put some lubrication on your finger, because the diameter of your finger is probably smaller than the stool you are removing. (I am not a vet.) Are you also expressing his bladder?
Thank you all.
Yes, he was covered in pepper spray. People can be so cruel.
This article suggests megacolon can result from a pelvic injury or nerve injury.
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm ... 2&aid=3471
http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Conten ... ourceID=42
Thank you for the links and all the information. One of the best things to know is that there are other people dealing with these issues.
He did mention megacolon. We will xray her. She can't eat dry food because is too dry. And the canned food is not good enough. What do you mean by raw food? Like raw fish? Raw chicken?
I wish I didnt have to feed her anymore so we didnt startthe issue again this is so sad and traumatic for Mimi.
Her stool is big compared to my other ("normal") larger cat.
Sometimes when poop is felt in her anus, I press and it comes out. But sometimes I can feel it inside, not yet into the anus but almost there, I press and I feel I am just clumping it all together! And it does not come! Then thr urine blockage occurs and our drama starts!
Can she eat the Hills for gastrointestinal issues? Canned or the dry food?
Thanks from a distressed mother