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I have an old West Highland 15+ who is constipated and despite

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I have an old West Highland 15+ who is constipated and despite all efforts is only passing horrible orange coloured faeces and leaving a lot of mess. She is normally keen to go out but has not left her messy bed much today. Last week she was given Vetmedin tablets to ease congestion on her wind pipe from enlarged heart. Is she really at the stage that we should consider putting her and ourselves out of her misery?
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today. Since you noted that she is passing some stool, can you tell me why you think she is constipated?Is she straining? Is she only able to pass small volumes of the orange stool?Has her vet started her on any medication for her stools?How is she otherwise? Active, depressed, lethargic, etc?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She is straining terribly, always in a crouched position but only passing the orange stool in minor amounts. The vet gave us a small supply--3days- of Salazopyrin tablets on Thursday. She is very depressed and today will not leave her bed. Her back-end is very orange stained as is her bed -daily clean. I did have her at the vet on Wednesday as she had a cough/ breathing difficulties and after x-ray showing heart blocking wind pipe/lungs he prescribed Vetmedin tablets. She has not eaten any food today.
Thank you,Now the reason for my questions about her stool is because we can see straining with constipation but also with inflammation of the colon (which this abnormal stool could cause). Therefore, with her vet starting her on Salazopyrin (a treatment for colonic inflammation) and not treating her for constipation, this does make me suspicious to whether she is actually constipated. Especially since they should have diagnosed that on exam and xray (if they did xray the abdomen at the same time as her heart). In any case, there are some gentle steps we can take to help rule out constipation without causing a massive increase in diarrhea if she isn't actually constipated. Specifically, I would suggest that you can dose her with a OTC GI lubricant like cat hairball treatment. As well, we could use some fish oil (ie Omega 3+6). Both can just lubricate the gut to help push hard stool through. Otherwise, a good option for both pushing hard stool out and helping restore fecal regularity in general would be to increase her dietary fiber. These can all be mixed into food but if she isn't eating, we may need to syringe feed a fiber source like canned pumpkin or we can boil pumpkin/squash/carrot. As well, we can use Weetabix if she will eat a bit for us. All should help get things moving or if it is gut inflammation they won't cause a dramatic increase in diarrhea as some more intense laxatives might. Overall, we need to tread with care for your poor lass if she isn't responding to their treatment and is miserable. Hopefully, we can get things moving with the above and her vets treatment. Of course, if she isn't settling over this weekend, then we'd need to consider whether we put her through more tests to determine which gut issue is present so we can treat it. Or if Jura appears to be telling us she has had enough, then we'd need to consider letting her go.Please take care,Dr. B. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------If you have any other questions, please ask me – I’ll be happy to respond. *Please remember to rate my service afterwards, as this is the only way I receive credit for helping you today. Thank you! : )
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