Most people have probably experienced the following scenario:
An otherwise healthy dog begins to exhibit signs of severe constipation. You may see mucus in his stool or even a mucus filled montage on the tail. Your dog may appear dehydrated, appear very weak and lose appetite.
In most cases the disconsolate colon is the culprit, an abnormal swelling of the colon which requires a definitive diagnosis by your veterinarian (veterinarian slip). The treatment usually depends on the diagnosis.
Oxygen therapy (and similar treatments that produce gas) may be needed. Sometimes a procedure thatEither surgically removes the parent colon or sets a Bowler’s lymph canal into ruptured segments is a suitable treatment. Your vet will probably recommend this treatment as long as a proper diagnosis is made and the course of treatment implemented.
It is a therapeutic nightmare!Antibiotics, surgery or chemotherapy can cause instancesof inflamed, anaemic stool which needs a ‘fast kill’ to remove it. This is a condition that may have killed our pet, had it not been for our intervention. A fast kill is a procedure that involves getting rid of the parasite by flushing it out of the body at high speed. This involves administering large doses of antibiotics to your dog and in the case of surgery or chemotherapy giving the dog a drip of liquid to slow down the killing of the parasite.
After the operation your dog may require a drip of liquid for a few days and then may need to stay at the recuperation couch for a day or two before moving on to other operations such as boarding (rarer) or even hospitalization. All dogs require visits to the Vet and most Vets will administer a fast kill.
If your dog requires surgery to deal with a non-cancerous growth in the colon a fast kill can be desired to remove the offending fungus or bacteria. fast kills are given orally and should be administered after surgery and at least one day post surgery.
Some Vets prefer you do not to take your dog’s growth figures but dollar signs and will give the fast kill in conjunction with antibiotics in order to reduce any problems resulting from your dog having too much of a good thing.
Whether you choose to treat locally in your home or take your dog to the Vet you can reduce the problems of constipation and similar problems by improving your dogs diet. In many cases food can be a useful part of the treatment. In a word! Your dog does not always need the absolute lowest grade dog food in order to stay at an acceptable weight and neither does he/she always need to consume the most expensive dog food. As a rule of thumb, it is always better to spend more on quality dog food and treat once a day than to employ “tricks” to reduce the portions. It is hard to be extravagant when it comes to feeding your dog but you do not need to feel like you are starving him/her!
An inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) condition usually affects older large breed dogs. The symptoms of the condition are similar to that of colitis which often affects humans by the way of diarrhea, flatulence, cramping, vomiting and also the production of gas. The food causing the allergic reaction could be whole wheat, corn, yeast, beef, fish and also by products. Once you rule out any possible allergens by switching to another brand of food and checking with your vet or an alternativeensediet dog foodor antibiotic product, your dog should be back to normal!