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Old 05-22-2009, 07:25 AM   #1
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Default Puppy diagnosed with megacolon

My 11 week old Pixie was diagnosed with megacolon. I searched YT and cannot find any reference to it. There is just a little information on the internet about but I was hoping to hear if anyone else had dealt with this. This little girl has been through so much, I won't go into all the details but I am very concerned about her.

Here is a link that explains megacolon:
Severe Constipation in Dogs | PetMD

Pixie (picture attached) is 11 1/2 weeks old and weighs 1.3 lbs. She strains a lot to poop but very little every comes out and what does come out is not hard but soft. The vet did give her a enema but I think that was a temporary fix. With megacolon the stomach muscles are to weak to push out the poop if I understand it correctly. The vet has put her on Propulsid tablets, 1/4 tablet every 8 hours. He really did not seem to know much about the medication and was not sure if it would help her. I really don't like what I have read about the medication so far. It was recalled for human use. I just really feel for this baby girl. She is so sweet. All her litter mates are normal size, 3 to 3/12 lbs right now.

Also, I was trying to find the thread from a few months back with the video tape of the little dog trying to poop. Does anyone remember who that was that posted that. I would love to know how that little guy is doing.

Also, the vet said to add canned pumpkin to her diet. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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Oh how precious she is.
I never heard of her diagnosis but pray that as she get's older
her muscles get stronger in that area and she will live a happy
and healthy life.
Hope someone can give you some info.
I remember reading the story on the other Yorkie and that
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This girl is so adorable! I very sorry she has this condition. I think this is the link for the thread you mentioned. I will keep this baby in my prayers.

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This girl is so adorable! I very sorry she has this condition. I think this is the link for the thread you mentioned. I will keep this baby in my prayers.

http://www.yorkietalk.com/forums/sic...-included.html
Thank you so much. That is the thread I was thinking of. I just checked it out and that puppies problems sounds very similar to the problem my baby is having. I sent her a pm in hopes of getting an update on how he is doing.
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Your baby is precious. Good luck and you both are in my prayers.
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Is there a vet school near you? Maybe you could contact them. There may be a way to correct it now.
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Is there a vet school near you? Maybe you could contact them. There may be a way to correct it now.
I think Texas A & M would be the closest vet school, about 4 hours away. For now I am going to follow the advise of the latest vet I had her to. From what he told me she could possibly outgrow this problem. She actually seems to be doing a bit better since adding the pumpkin to her diet. She has also had a couple of hypoglycemia episodes so I have to watch her very close and make sure she eats every few hours.
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I think Texas A & M would be the closest vet school, about 4 hours away. For now I am going to follow the advise of the latest vet I had her to. From what he told me she could possibly outgrow this problem. She actually seems to be doing a bit better since adding the pumpkin to her diet. She has also had a couple of hypoglycemia episodes so I have to watch her very close and make sure she eats every few hours.
Im so glad you are considering A&M. So sorry your baby is going thru this.
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Good luck, I'm so glad he's doing better. We do not have a vet school close to us that I know of.
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I'm so sorry your little girl has this problem at such a young age. working as a surgery tech i did see this problem quite a bit, but it was mostly in cats. i believe the treatment and teh success rate of the treatment is very different in dogs then it is in cats. that medication you mentioned has been used in dogs but some say it does absolutely nothing or it can be harmful, others say it works...

i know lactulose and metamucil works in cats. if the canned pumpkin doesn't help i guess you can try the metamucil. also i'd add some yogurt for good measure. the good bacteria will help the digestive system.

there is a surgery that we performed on the cats called a subtotal colectomy, but i can't remember if this was something we did on dogs too. During this surgery the colon is basically removed. Diarrhea usualy ensues for a few months after surgery but it does get better with time. the poop will never be normal again but it will get close.

I'm sorry your puppy has this. its definitely not something fun to deal with, and unfortunately her life will be effected.
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I'm so sorry your little girl has this problem at such a young age. working as a surgery tech i did see this problem quite a bit, but it was mostly in cats. i believe the treatment and teh success rate of the treatment is very different in dogs then it is in cats. that medication you mentioned has been used in dogs but some say it does absolutely nothing or it can be harmful, others say it works...

i know lactulose and metamucil works in cats. if the canned pumpkin doesn't help i guess you can try the metamucil. also i'd add some yogurt for good measure. the good bacteria will help the digestive system.

there is a surgery that we performed on the cats called a subtotal colectomy, but i can't remember if this was something we did on dogs too. During this surgery the colon is basically removed. Diarrhea usualy ensues for a few months after surgery but it does get better with time. the poop will never be normal again but it will get close.

I'm sorry your puppy has this. its definitely not something fun to deal with, and unfortunately her life will be effected.
Thank you for your input. I had read also that megacolon is much different in dogs than in cats. I am giving her benebac and lactulose but I am not getting much results. It is terribly sad that she has this. I have never seen it before in a puppy.
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Thank you for your input. I had read also that megacolon is much different in dogs than in cats. I am giving her benebac and lactulose but I am not getting much results. It is terribly sad that she has this. I have never seen it before in a puppy.
i havent seen it in a puppy or kitten so young before either. poor little thing.

have you done a diet change as well?
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What kind of diet do you recommend? She is not eating much on her own and I am feeding her with a dropper, diluted goats milk, baby rice cereal, baby food chicken and sweet potatoes and a little canned pumpkin. She also gets the nutri-drops. I think I might quit giving her the medicine the vet gave me. I read horrible things about it and it might be making her worse.
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i am sorry about your puppy. i don't know anything about it, but i just want to wish you and your puppy good luck!
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What kind of diet do you recommend? She is not eating much on her own and I am feeding her with a dropper, diluted goats milk, baby rice cereal, baby food chicken and sweet potatoes and a little canned pumpkin. She also gets the nutri-drops. I think I might quit giving her the medicine the vet gave me. I read horrible things about it and it might be making her worse.
i'm not sure what would be the best diet for her. All i know is that W/D worked for my friends cat with this problem. Yeah its not the best food rated here on YT but it does do its job. Maybe you can call that vet people on here talk about when they need diet changes. I think WYlie's mom knows the vets info.

the medication your gonna stop, is that the cisapride?
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