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My name is ***** ***** I have been a Vet tech for 35+ years. I am so sorry your Kitty is having problems.
What type of food does she eat?
Does she get any medication for the Arthritis?
I agree, the medications can be as bad as the Arthritis. The fist thing I suggest is add in some extra water to her diet. Water helps soften the stools. Another trick that may help with her passing stool is add a little fiber to what you are feeding. The best fiber I have found is Pure canned Pumpkin. It can help expedite and make passing easier or if there is loose stools it helps to pull them together. I would speak with your Vet and get approval on this. I think it may help relieve the large dry stools. As far as Arthritis causing pain when trying to pass stool. The longer she stays in a squatting position the more painful her hips may get. If we could soften the stool using Fiber and a little more water intake to give her some relief. You can offer some low sodium chicken broth mixed with water no garlic or conion, this should be acceptable to her for fluids..I do suggest that you get Vet approval on this, since he prescribed the Laxatone. Please hit reply to discuss this information.'
Aww, so sorry she feels bad when this happens. I think if the Canned Pure pumpkin works you not have to increase the Laxatone. As far as doing it twice a day, it may be worse and cause diarrhea. You need to be cautious as not to cause her diarrhea. Again I defer to the Vet on the Laxatone. I a firm beliver in the Pumpkin and adding broth/water mixture for extra fluids.
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