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Have 8 year old IBD cat... inflammation small intestine.

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Have 8 year old IBD cat... inflammation small intestine. Otherwise every organ is healthy via ultrasound.Takes 5 mg prednisolone 2 x day... always ran constipated and does NOT do well with Miralax... she gets really down and doesn't feel well for 6 - 8 hours. So I stopped the mira. What can I give her to help her to be more regular. I have though about coconut oil, vegetable oil, snack of tuna and oil, cod liver oil. Also I thought I could crush her prednisolone and mix it with the tuna.

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Belle

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Nope.. think I covered it..

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Hello I am Dr. Joey. Thanks for asking your question and trusting me to help you and your pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 18 years of experience. I am so sorry Bella experiences constipation with her IBD. It is more common to have diarrhea, but every cat is unique. Remember constipation is a symptom of dehydration. So, our goal is to get her hydrated as best possible.

First, you should talk to your vet about using subcutaneous fluids maybe once or twice a week to help her hydration. You can do this at home or your vet can do it. As well, for hydration you should trying feeding a canned only diet. Encourage her to drink (perhaps a water fountain or having regular water and water mixed with brother or tuna juice).

Second, drugs that might help, lactulose if not already tried is a sweet liquid suspension your vet can prescribe. Can be mixed with food.

Third, fiber is variable in its effect. For some cats it's a miracle and in others it worsens constipation. It cannot predict how she'd respond. The easiest is to add canned pumpkin to her diet (1/2 to 1 teaspoonful with each meal) or you can try Benfiber or metamucil (about 1/8 to 1/4 tsp per day. There are also higher fiber diets your bet can prescribe.

I do not think coconut oil, vegetable oil or cod liver oil will be of any help fort his.

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Customer reply replied 2 months ago
Not sure about the high fiber... read if inflammation is in the small intestine high fiber not so good... won't eat pumpkin...
Customer reply replied 2 months ago
never mind... I'll call my vet tomorrow. Thanks.. have a good one....

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