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Elizabeth Soto | 10 months ago
My Cat WeeMan Is 16yrs Old And Has Been Constipated For A Few Days Now…

My cat WeeMan is 16yrs old and has been constipated for a few days now. I usually give him Miramax with his wet food. I think I missed giving it to him? And before this he lost weight. His regular weight is 19-ish lbs. I wanted to know if there are any type of suppositories that I can get at the store to help him? The picture on left side was his regular weight. Right picture is him now!

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I would get him to the vet for a once-over before giving him any sort of medication.

Krista Magnifico
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Hello,
Unless someone has examined the cat and palpated the abdomen (or taken an X-ray) I do not provide advice for this. Also these cats get constipated foe a reason this needs to be discussed. Providing the wrong advice or treatment can be detrimental. Please see your vet. After it is confirmed you should ask about at home fluid therapy and medications like lactulose or cat lax. I also advise a diet change to canned food. Also exercise and pain meds might be helpful.

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Good morning,
Just to add to the other responses, there are many times when pet owners have thought their pet was constipated, when in fact they actually weren’t. This is something the should be taken care of as soon as possible. I would get your cat to the vet right away,if you haven’t already. Best of luck.

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Jean Barreiros | 1 year ago
My APBT Was Playing In The Yard 3 Days Ago When I Herd Her Scream…

My APBT was playing in the yard 3 days ago when I herd her scream and then suddenly her back legs were paralyzed. As I was running to her she dragged herself across the yard and cut her legs and belly. The vet said it could be either a ruptured disc or fce. Only an mri could determine. However, the MRI is $3500 and due to the expense, I opted to wait and see. She is on prednisone, Gabapentin and Tramadol. She is able to get herself up (wobbly) and walk with a rear lift to pee. She hasn’t pooped yet, but the meds cause constipation. Her back right leg is very weak and can’t hold weight. That leg is knuckling less and less. My question is, should we be doing PT at this point or still resting?

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Hi Jean, I’d honestly ask the vet who saw your dog what they think. I’d also prepare to find an orthopedic specialist…if your dog has a ruptured disc, she’s in PAIN, and a lot of it. You don’t want to prolong that.

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Hey, that’s great news! Thanks for checking in.

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Joyce A Mulkey | 1 year ago
My Zowie Weighs 32.5 Lbs And I Think She May Be Constipated I Am Trying…

My Zowie weighs 32.5 lbs and I think she may be constipated I am trying to find a NON-PRESCRIPTION way to help her, she is a very picky eater and I just changed her food and I think it may not agree with her I made her some chicken and white rice in broth, what can I give her to help her?

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Hello, I’m sorry but it is imperative that your vet diagnose this before you start trying to treat for it. In my experience the huge overwhelming number of people who believe their pets are consirpated are instead having diarrhea. Straining to defecate from diarrhea looks exactly like constipation. Guessing wrong can cause your dog (cat?) to become intractably uncomfortable and cause dehydration. Please have your vet help you. After your pet is diagnosed you can ask for otc options. Many pets with diarrhea have intestinal parasites. This causes diarrhea. And not knowing what parasite your pet has can cause further… Read more »

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Skye Fry | 2 years ago
Help A Constipated Kitten

Help a constipated kitten

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Alessandria Masi | 2 years ago
My Cat’s X-ray Showed Bladder Inflammation And Severe Constipation. She Had An Enema But Has…

My cat’s X-ray showed bladder inflammation and severe constipation. She had an enema but has not returned to normal. Latest ultrasound showed lots of gas but no more inflammation or constipation because she has been eating much less over the last 10 days. She will act hungry, go up to the bowl take a small bite and walk away. She strains in the litter box and has been defecating very infrequently (3 times over 10 days). She had about 7 teeth removed 8 months ago, and struvite crystals found in urine, but no other known health issues. Thank you!

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Hello,
Have they done blood work? Fecal? Blood pressure? It sounds like they are missing something? I also believe that constipation in cats is usually secondary to something else. Poor diet, lack of exercise, or break down in muscle mass.
I would ask about an appetite stimulant, fluid therapy, vitamin b complex, and maybe even a steroid trial to help get her feeling better. I also think many of these guys might have an underlying gi issue. Ask about a treatment plan to help relieve her symptoms as you search for her cause. Or try to find a feline specialist to consult.

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Nicole Thornton | 2 years ago
I Recently Began Fostering A Kitten That I Hope To Adopt. She Has Atresia Ani…

I recently began fostering a kitten that I hope to adopt. She has atresia ani and a stricture in her rectum. She had corrective surgery 4 months ago and is doing much better. She can now use the litter box but she still has frequent poop droppings. She is currently being given lysine, probiotics and omega-3 supplements with her kitten wet and dry food. I won’t be able to keep her if the fecal incontinence continues at this rate. So I wondering if there was anything I could do to stop this? Can she have surgery again? Can a change in diet help her? I would like to switch her to a raw diet because the rest of my cats are on it and are doing great. However, I wasn’t sure if she would be able to tolerate the change. Can she eat a raw diet or will it cause constipation since raw food makes the fecal harder? If she can’t eat raw food can you recommend a diet for her? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello, I’m sorry but I can’t answer any of these questions. THey are too specific to your cat and providing advice always has the potential to be detrimental most concerningly if we aren’t familiar with the patient. I think it’s so amazing that you had this treated and that he is able to pass feces. The incontinence is usually to be expected. I hope that you can find it in your heart to love him inspite of his disabilities. I’m sure he needs to have you on his side to survive this. There is certainly a chance he will become… Read more »

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Casey Fletcher | 2 years ago
My (maybe) 6 Year Old Vizsla Mix Just Got Diagnosed With IVDD A Week Ago…

My (maybe) 6 year old Vizsla mix just got diagnosed with IVDD a week ago. She is not having any neurological issues and it doesn’t look at all like she is having any paralysis issues.

She was at first just on anti inflammatory pain medication. After three days, her pain actually got worse. The vet took some x-rays and found something between the 3rd and 4th disc and along the spinal cord there.

She is now on prednisone and a muscle relaxant for the last four days. While she is just a little bit less lethargic, she cries more when she goes up the two steps into the house. I also think she might be a bit constipated (small stools that take a bit of trying).

I know recovery from IVDD can be a long process, but I want to make sure her pain will eventually go away.. After all, the pain medication didn’t do anything and she’s still feeling pained on the steroids and muscle relaxers.

I just need some guidance and advice. My vet didn’t really tell me what exactly we’re in for. He just said to call him right away if her feet start rolling over when she walks. I’m reading a bunch of information online about IVDD and it seems like she will never be able to enjoy the life she once lived. Her favorite thing in the world was going for car rides but I physically can’t pick her up to put her in the truck, whereas she had always happy hopped in herself. I feel like I won’t be able to care for her.

Any help, hope or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Hello,
I’m sorry to hear about your dog. I have tons and tons of information that I believe goes over everything anyone could ever ask on my blog kmdvm.blogspot.com and my YouTube channel on Hanks recovery. It took hank three weeks to recover and he is back to his pre injury self. It has been over a year since his injury. I always say give them at least two weeks and don’t give up. It’s a hard road but overwhelmingly most recover. Talk to your vet daily or find one who is better at assisting you both. Best of luck

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Christena A. Bergemann | 2 years ago
F/ Vet Krista Magnifico: Ps. Saw A YTube Vid. Re. Fresh Growing Cat…

f/ Vet Krista Magnifico: ps. Saw a YTube vid. re. fresh growing cat grass helps cats, w/ constipation / digestion. Maybe I should buy, & put dish of solid white coconut oil out, too, f/ them to lick when they want. Many benefits to both, includ.ing both help elim. fur balls, 2.
TY!

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Hello.
I have not heard about this benefit of coconut oil. Please let me know if/how it works. I’m not sure if cats will willingly eat it. And I also worry about digestive issues.

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Christena A. Bergemann | 2 years ago
Dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One Of My (former Stray) 2 Cats, Jazzy, Was Blimped…

dear Vet, Krista Magnifico: One of my (former stray) 2 cats, Jazzy, was blimped out & looked very pregnant last summer or early fall, so I had her spayed, not wanting to have babies to feed, care f/ & find homes f/. Vet said she hadn’t been pregnant, no babies inside. (I couldn’t believe it). Well now, months later, this winter, she looks like a huge blimp again, & I don’t know why. She waddles now, & walks funny, never goes outside, exercises, very sedentary. In summer she’s a very fast runner, climbs tree, catches & eats lots of birds. (yuk. don’t like that, plus she tries bringing in house.) But she’s fast!, normally, & normally skinny. (u can feel her spine, still.). Any ideas what my be the problem causing this unusual blimping out, b4, & now months later after being spayed? She does not look pretty, healthy, or normal, & her huge sides & belly are tight & hard, not soft like normal kitty. She’s not a very affectionate kitty, often skittish just when I walk near or into a room she’s in. Constantly begs f/ food, espec. chicken. gets under foot in kitchen to point I don’t realize she’s @ my feet & bump into her accidentally. I’m not that fond of her, but didn’t want to just abandon her when I moved, & thought I could easily find her a home if I decided not to keep her myself. I took her & another cat (that one was pregnant, later died huge w/ stillbirths inside & major dehydration)…to Humane Soc. to find a nice home f/ her, but they let both escape & both found way home & walked miles, across big highway, to get back to trailer where I used to live where all these strays kept breeding. I love Cherokee, also former stray, & am keeping her forever. But not so thrilled w/ Jazz. She scratches door frames & insulation around door when wants in or out, (which ruins beautiful nice new house.) I noticed this morn she had dried poop residue near her anus, so I removed much as could & softened rest stuck in her fur w/ water & scott towel best I could b4 she scratched free. Maybe she’s not pooping like should & extremely constipated? Maybe I should get 2 litter boxes vs. just 1? Cherokee grooms herself til super clean, she would never let poop dry on her like that. She also grooms/licks Jazz’s ears, face f/ her, many times, as if she were Jazz’s Mom, maybe to show her affection. Any ideas how to help Jazz get back to normal? I don’t want a vet bill bc I’m just not enamored w/ Jazz & don’t really care, tho I feel guilty even saying that, it’s true. I just figured if she could walk all the way home from Humane Soc., she wanted to stay, so I kept her. & she used to greet me & mailbox when I pulled in. She’s terribly afraid of other people, incl. me, many times, (when I walk by, or walk into a room,) so not easy to shower her w/ “love” or affection, she’s quite skittish, tho she will come up to be petted outside when I come home, etc. TY, Krista f/ your expert advice! (I can send u pics, if helps, tho I know u can’t diagnose from pics.)

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Hello, This is a tough one for me. First it is not possible to diagnose a pet without an exam and a vets in person asssiance and help. Second. I tell people all the time that the only thing I can’t help a pet with is when the parent does not care. Your cat Jazz is your cat. She needs you. And playing favorites or helping simply so that you don’t feel guilty is hard for me to hear. She needs help. And loving a pet is always unconditional. It doesn’t matter how much money you have it matters simply… Read more »