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    Megacolon in cats
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    gulfdawn posted:
    My Vet has been treating my 12 year old cat for a colon that is not expelling waste. I have been give Mike of Magnesia 2 times a day, but he is getting worse as he has stopped eating. The doctor says that it is probably Megacolon which is where the colon stops pushing waste through. He suggested I get online and see if there is any new treatments for it that might improve the problem. He says that he is not aware of any treatment, and that it is a fatal condition.
    Is there anything that you are aware of that might help?
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    Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM responded:
    Gulfdawn-
    Megacolon is a tough disease to manage, but it can be done. It takes a veterinarian willing to coach you through trying different foods, different fiber sources, medications to increase colon movement and maybe recommend surgery.
    Why don't you ask your veterninarian if there is a small animal internal medicine specialist nearby. These folks specialize in tough problems like mega colon.

    Ann Hohenhaus
     
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    Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP responded:
    There are many treatments for megacolon in cats (if that's what he has.) Stool softeners (such as lactulose) are often helpful as are drugs that increase the motility of the colon (cisparide.) Increasing or decreasing the fiber in his diet is another possible therapy. It's also possible to surgically correct this problem.

    I agree that getting another opinion for your cats sounds like a good idea. A board-certified feline or internal medicine specialist is ideal but if there's not one in your area, ask your cat friends who they use. Most communities have at least one veterinarian who is known to be good with cats.

    Drew Weigner, DVM, ABVP
    The Cat Doctor
    Board Certified in Feline Practice
     
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    JOEIJOEI replied to Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, DACVIM's response:
    HELLO MY 4 YEAR OLD FEMALE MAINCOON WAS JUST DIAGNOISED WITH MEGA COLON, SHE IS ON LACTULOSE AND CISAPRIDE 5MG 2XS A DAY, I AM TAKING HER IN FOR A SECOND OPINION SHE IS TOO YOUNG TO HAVE A STOMACH ACHE 3/4 OF THE DAY, IS THERE AND NEW TREATMENTS? I CAN NOT FIND ANY NEW INFO ON THIS SUBJECT. THANK YOU.
    JOEI
    JOSLYN073@GMAIL.COM


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