Regular readers first met Jack the constipated cat (Our Day Today) on a busy day in May, 2009, when he came in with one of his frequent episodes of stool that would not pass.
Today he was in the same boat.
Chronic constipation is common in cats who are seniors, obese or weak from illness or disease. Contributing factors can be diets too low or too high in fiber, inactivity, eating dry food (as opposed to canned) and having a too-low daily water consumption.
Our usual first step with these patients is to put them on a low-residue food such as Laxatone can help simply by making the stool slide out of the colon more easily.
Lactullose can help by drawing more water into the stool, making it easier to pass. The dosage varies according to each individual cat’s body weight and needs. In fact, dosage changes from day to day according to what a pet eats, how much he eats and how active he is.
Propulcid is a prescription medication that increases the strength of bowel movements. For those cats who simply cannot generate enough force to expel the stool from the colon, Propulcid can be a lifesaver. Propulcid must, absolutely, be used under the guidance of a veterinarian.
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.