Laxatives and a variety of dietary changes were no help.
"Posh Paws" is not renowned for his co-operation
in taking his medicine.
The increasing difficulty and frequency which "Posh
Paws" painful problem presented meant that we had to
find a different solution.
Breaking the pelvis again and opening up the pelvic canal
could have been one answer but the difficulties and complications
involved meant that I took a different option.
Instead of widening the pelvic canal we decided to try
and make his faecal motions smaller and softer. This would
enable them to be passed without difficulty.
A surgical procedure was performed where I removed practically
all of his large bowel (sub total colectomy). This part
of the intestine is where most of the fluid that we consume
By limiting the reabsorption of fluid the faecal motion
remains smaller and significantly softer allowing it to
be passed. Whist this complex and expensive surgery is not
without risk it was decided to proceed in this case because
of how miserable "Posh Paws" had become.
Fortunately, the outcome has been extremely satisfactory
now that "Posh Paws" has a load off his mind!
Dunne BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS
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