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Tim | 4 months ago
Good Evening, My Wife And I Are Struggling Trying To Help Out Cat With Megacolon And …

Good evening,

My wife and I are struggling trying to help our cat with megacolon and obstipation. He was diagnosed over 4 years ago but he had been put on a Royal Canin GI diet that worked wonders. It suddenly became unavailable and our cat deteriorated rapidly. He had to be hospitalized for a week to remove the blockage and we’ve gone back and forth with the internist on how to move forward. He’s currently on miralax, Lactulose, Cisapride. We recently introduced an anti-nausea medication and appetite stimulant as he stopped eating a few days ago. The suspicion being that he just becomes backed up again. At this point it’s been multiple hospital stays and several thousands of dollars trying to help our guy.
I watched the video on regular palpation – it’s difficult in our cat, both personally and from the vet, due to his large size. He’s a very long cat and also a chunky boy.

Do you have any guidance on palpation in obese cats? Suggestions we can explore with our vet?
I’m worried we’re looking at the colon surgery to remove part of it – but the vet noted many cats are unable to form or control stool following that and have constant diarrhea.
At this point if we can’t get him stimulated at home and eating a little and defecating a little we’re likely headed back to the animal hospital.

I appreciate any guidance or suggestions.

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Krista Magnifico
4 months ago

Hello, Have you directed these questions to your vet? Have you asked them to help you cate for your cat at home? I teach my clients how to palpate and I also have them give lactulose. Miralax and cat lac along with watered down wet food only. I try to avoid dry food. I also think the fat cats need to get healthier with walks exercise and this helps the gut stay active and make constipation less likely. I always believe constipation is secondary to something else. Like obesity or poor diet or lethargy. Cats should be at a good… Read more »

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Nina | 5 months ago
Hello Dr Magnifico I Watched Your Video On Beerus The Cat (Megacolon/ Obstipation) On YouTube! Currently …

Hello Dr Magnifico
I watched your video on Beerus the cat (Megacolon/ Obstipation) on YouTube! Currently my 8 year old English bulldog was diagnosed with megacolon. My dog is my life. The last week I’ve spent $4000 which included a deobstipation. The deobstipation wasn’t successful as there is a hard piece deep in the colon. They stated they removed a good amount but couldn’t reach the hard piece deeper in the colon and he will need two more procedures. I truly can’t afford to spend any more money and I don’t want anything to happen to my dog. Each procedure is about 2500 in the area and that only includes 24 hour care. Right now he is feeling much better but that piece is still in there. I’ve increased his exercise to 2-3 short walks. I’ve also changed his diet. Chicken, very little rice, raw liver, flaxseed, watermelon, blueberries, coconut oil, green beans, carrots and pumpkin. He’s feeling much better and is having diarrhea which I hope is chipping away from that hard piece. Can you recommend anything? Days ago he was vomiting, shaking, couldn’t walk, didn’t eat or drink and was lethargic. It was so scary! I literally would do anything for this dog. But I can’t keep shoveling out thousands of dollars and not get any results. Anything would help, I can’t have anything happen to my boy. You also mentioned to learn how to palpate the abdomen. Can you explain how that is done. Any help or recommendations would be much appreciated. Thank you!

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4 months ago

Hello, I’m sorry to hear about your pup. I think that diet and exercise are very important. I also think that monitoring daily for fecal output helps. I also think you need to find a vet who will help you manage this outside of the emergencies. Your dog is going to be very hard to palpate so although I don’t want to discourage trying it’s going to be hard to monitor that way. I would also ask about gi motility agents, laxatives and prescription diets. I am not a raw or homemade diet fan. I just see too many people… Read more »

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Stephanie Spencer | 3 years ago
Anyone Have A Cat With Megacolon?

Anyone have a cat with megacolon?

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Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
Yes. I have had lots and lots of patients with this. Do you have a question?

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
It sounds like quite an exceptional case. I’m sorry but without knowing a better history and what the exact treatment or surgical plan was this is very difficult to answer. Your veterinarian should have given you very specific instructions and a follow up exam schedule. If you have any questions about your cats surgery please call and ask them to recheck her. We usually expect soft stools. And in some cases there can be a lot of extra care needed to keep these pets clean and dry so they don’t get scalding from chronic diarrhea.

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David Russell | 4 years ago
My Sweet Little Chantilly-Tiffany Cat, Cocoa, Was Just Diagnosed With Megacolon. After A Hospital Stay…

My sweet little Chantilly-Tiffany cat, Cocoa, was just diagnosed with megacolon. After a hospital stay, IV fluids, anesthesia and an enema last week, I’ve been preparing his food by mixing one part pumpkin with two parts wet food, adding water and 1/8 teaspoon of Miralax. He poohed a little Saturday, but nothing consequential since. The vet wants to put him under and give him another enema, then prescribe cisapride and lactulose.
I’m currently disabled and can’t work, and the vet bills are mounting.
I viewed one of your videos on Youtube in which you seemed to allude to a massage protocol for megacolon??? Is that possible, and if so, can you share? Cocoa and I are desperate.
I feel my only other option would be to try to find someone else who can afford to care for him.

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Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Hello, I think that these cases require significant immediate help to remove the feces in the colon. Once you get over the initial episode then long term management with at home care is often enough. I don’t know where at the present. If there is still feces in the colon then the best recommendation I can give is to go back on iv fluids and enemas. If this is not feasible for you based on economics ask your vet for help in managing this affordably. As for your direct question I think that exercise, massage and diet changes are all… Read more »

Krista Magnifico
4 years ago

Cocoa looks like she is also overweight. If so ask about a diet plan (my preference is to exclude dry food and feed wet only (if they will eat wet food)), and start an exercise regimen. My preference is to go for walks with a harness and leash. She needs to get healthy on the inside and out. Fat indoors cats struggle with constipation. Best of luck