I have an 8 year old male American bulldog. 3 weeks ago he couldn't not pass stools was being sick wouldn't eat or drink, took him to vet where they xrayed him, they said they thought there was a blockage, when they opened him up they could not find anything just lots of gas, he was given liquid paraffin and lactulose, also some tablets for his stomach. He still did not pass any stools, just straining and passing little amounts of fluid. They then decided to do an enema, first one did not work, so again back to vet to have another one, that one did work. I changed his food to a higher fibre food as well. he started to have stools like a blacky colour. now I am back to square one and my insurance money has run out because he has reached his maxium amount of insurance. he is just straining with just the tiny bits of fluids is not eating, but I am getting small amounts of water into him, he has been shaking but I have given him metacam incase hes in pain. he still wants to play. vet told me to give him 25 mls of liquid paraffin which I did and he just brought it all up. I think theres more to it than constipation I think something good been causing this. since last year he does collapse every so oftern but my vet also put that down to vestibular syndrome and his face goes down at one side, he had a brain scan and and fluid took from his neck but everything came back clear. What I really want to know is is there more tests he can have?, could there be an underlaying issue the vet has missed, just advise please on this matter I am at the moment at my wits end worrying about him. thank you
Hi, Welcome to JustAnswer. I'm a licensed veterinarian and I'll be happy to help. I'm so sorry about Trooper's issues and all that you have been through. It seems that Trooper has been getting excellent care. I'm still not sure from what you have written if Trooper was actually constipated because you said when they did surgery to alleviate his constipation they found nothing!
But then you said that an enema produced constipated stool??
they said it was constipation because he could not pass any stools, and was being sick not drinking and not eating, so they said he was constipated
that's when they decided to take an xray to see if there was any blockages
Thank you for your response. Constipation is when hard stool has become clogged in the intestine. . .usually the large intestine.
However, colitis can cause exactly the same symptoms!
Colitis is inflammation of the large intestine which causes an animal to feel like they have to go and they strain and strain only to produce a small amount of liquid stool, mucus, and with or without blood.
yes its like white fluid just drops, he is so miserable
Black tarry stools would indicate an upper GI bleed (from the stomach or small intestine). You said he had blacky colored stools. In your opinion, were these truly black and tarry or were they very deep brown? Believe me, we are always asking this even of ourselves. Sometimes it's obvious, but a lot of time it's not!
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thank you for that barbara
it was black stools then went to a brown color, it wasn't a tar kind of stool, it wasn't sticky
I wouldn't say tarry stools just normal but black
I cant remember the excat date but the op was beginning of april, then about 2 days after the op he had ememas, paraffin and lactulose was started after surgery because he still couldn't pass stools, he was on anitbiotics straight after surgery.i hope that makes sense
I don't mind u asking me any questions I want to help my baby, the antibiotics are synulox, no I am unable to take temperature im afraid, I did read about colitis and thought he had thesymptons
im not sure when she took the bloods but I know she did take them whether that was before or after I don't know, she said his kidney levels were a it high, but she thought that was because when he was on lactulose and paraffin it made him thirsty, trooper doesn't normally drink a lot.
are you still there?
well I am meant to be taking him tomorrow he gets very stressed at the vets and is not an easy dog to examine and he is very scared.but I wanted a 2nd opinion on him. hes on 45 kg metacam his weight was 49kilos well he properly isn't now as he hasn't been eating. he was having 25mls of paraffin 3 times a day, but he just brings that back up and lactulose he was having 25 mls a day 3 times a day. the other tablets he was on arezantac metodopramide he only took the tablets for a couple of days. Do you think he has colitis? should I ask for tests to be carried out for this condition? thank you
thank you so much, you have been very helpful, I will point colitis out to my vet tomorrow, I use advocate on trooper but I can never get it on his skin because he hates it and runs around the house so I cant put it on him.i just hope we can get to the bottom of this he has had a very rough year poor boy thank you again
thank you at least I have something to point my vet towards which I feel she should have looked at thank you again