How JustAnswer Works:

  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.

Ask Dr. Drew Your Own Question

Dr. Drew
Dr. Drew, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 16165
Experience:  Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Type Your Cat Veterinary Question Here...
Dr. Drew is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Can you give a cat,a baby suppository he is having trouble

Resolved Question:

Can you give a cat,a baby suppository he is having trouble having a bowel movement and the enema the vet suggested is not working
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
Is he eating and drinking normally? Has he had any x-rays or other tests done?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
He was eating normally but not all today and he drinks very little. He did have an x-ray when this first started to happen to view his intestines and thats how we were able to see he was impacted. At that time she had to give him 6 enemas to clean him out. This was a while ago maybe six months.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
So the enema DID work 6 months ago, and now there is once again constipation. Many cats experience constipation, and in chronic cases, there can be dilation of the colon (Megacolon) which is difficult to manage successfully, without surgery. In this situation, because he is not eating at all, it will be difficult for you to manage this condition at home - there are oral stool softeners such as Colace / Docusate Sodium, but this should not be used in a cat that isn't eating and is barely drinking. Similarly, enemas and other treatments can be dangerous in a dehydrated cat - potentially causing life-threatening electrolyte abnormalities. Suppositories are sometimes helpful, but some contain medications that are not to be used in cats. As a result, it would not be my first choice in this situation.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
What do you suggest? I can give him water with a dropper. He like to drink water that way. Should I give more water and than reattempt another enema. His anus is distended and he seems tired.
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
As much water as you can get him to take with the dropper, will be a good thing for him. He is probably tired because of the straining, and the dehydration - if you can afford it, an emergency veterinary exam will be the safest option for this poor kitty - so that he can be started on some IV fluids, and then once he's rehydrated, he can be "cleaned out" properly. We usually use a large pair of forceps to physically remove the impacted feces, as they are often just too hard and large to be passed no matter how many enemas or other treatments we do.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.
Thank you very much and I will get him to his primary vet
Expert:  Dr. Drew replied 4 years ago.
You're welcome. Best Wishes :)
Dr. Drew, Cat Veterinarian
Category: Cat Veterinary
Satisfied Customers: 16165
Experience: Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
Dr. Drew and 7 other Cat Veterinary Specialists are ready to help you

JustAnswer in the News:

 
 
 
Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.
 
 
 

What Customers are Saying:

 
 
 
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
< Last | Next >
  • It was so professional, so personally concerned (as we were) and you answered all of our questions. George and I are so happy that I found "JustAnswer" on my Google search -- you are now in my "Favorites" list! And, yes we do love our kitty - she makes our life complete! Bev & George Boca Raton, FL
  • Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help. Mary C. Freshfield, Liverpool, UK
  • This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!! Alex Los Angeles, CA
  • Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult. GP Hesperia, CA
  • I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion. Justin Kernersville, NC
  • Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around. Esther Woodstock, NY
  • Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know. Robin Elkton, Maryland
 
 
 

Meet The Experts:

 
 
 
  • Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3053
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
< Last | Next >
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/RY/rydergar/2012-6-6_192240_IMG0328.64x64.JPG Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3053
    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/VE/vetforyou/2012-6-20_33122_PearlPhoto.64x64.jpg Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    4146
    UC Davis graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/doggfone1/2009-07-16_133633_vet_pic.jpg Dr. Scott's Avatar

    Dr. Scott

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3980
    12 years of small animal, equine and pocket pet experience in medicine and surgery.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/BI/bigislandvet/2013-2-21_214244_IMG0357.64x64.JPG Dr. Michael Salkin's Avatar

    Dr. Michael Salkin

    Big Island Vet

    Satisfied Customers:

    3268
    University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 41 years of experience.
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/1I/1ISUDVM/2011-3-1_22028_Honeymoon2005075294928803490646858.64x64.jpg Dr. Bruce's Avatar

    Dr. Bruce

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    3188
    12 years of experience as a small animal veterinarian
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/AN/andrewDVM/2012-4-27_12585_iStock000011751407XSmall.64x64.jpg Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew

    Cat Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    2873
    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery
  • http://ww2.justanswer.com/uploads/PE/petdrz/2012-6-7_16239_MeandDoncropped.64x64.JPG Dr. Z.'s Avatar

    Dr. Z.

    Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    1936
    Over 25 years of experience in caring for dogs and cats.