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Dr. Drew, Cat Veterinarian
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13 year old cat had xrays & blood work 2 weeks ago and was

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13 year old cat had xrays & blood work 2 weeks ago and was found to be constipated. since that time every couple of days she is constantly squatting for long periods of time with no results. she appears to be in pain when trying to sit and leaves thick blood on floor.

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

Is she still urinating normally? Or does she strain when trying to urinate as well?

Customer:

she is still urinating normally but when she is squatting she leave little droplets of urine

Dr. Drew :

from your description, it is possible that there may be some chronic constipation issues, rather than just an acute constipation problem.

Dr. Drew :

some elderly cats develop dilation of the colon, known as Megacolon,

Dr. Drew :

and when the colon dilates it also loses muscular ability to expel feces.

Dr. Drew :

there are a few things that can be tried in these cases -- both prescription and over-the-counter.

Dr. Drew :

added fiber -- canned pumpkin, mashed green peas, brown rice -- all these can help soften stools.

Dr. Drew :

Colace - sold in any pharmacy - 25mg every 12-24 hours.

Dr. Drew :

Miralax is another good option, instead of Colace,

Dr. Drew :

1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon every 12-24 hours.

Dr. Drew :

Miralax is sold as a powder and can easily be hidden in canned food.

Customer:

she is pooping about every 2-3 days

Dr. Drew :

Prescription options include Lactulose and Cisapride.

Dr. Drew :

every 2-3 days is definitely not often enough,

Dr. Drew :

and the above medical options should be started soon to prevent worsening.

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Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

Dr. Drew
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

She seems to be doing much better on the miralax. I give her 1/4 tsp every morning and at dinner time.

That's great to hear, thank you for the update!