|Purred: Wed Nov 20, '13 12:09pm PST |
|So sorry that your Athena has megacolon. I know a little bit about megacolon and hesitated to reply but since no one else has responded, offer my advice based on what I do know.
Miss Mittens used to become severely constipated and needed hospitalization more than a few times for enemas. Her vet wasn't sure she had megacolon but mentioned it as a possibility. (It turned out that she didn't have megacolon).
The one thing that helped Miss Mittens the most was taking 4-5 ml of lactulose every day. Nowadays vets prefer Miralax but that option wasn't available for Miss Mittens. Also, I would mix a small amount of either pumpkin or Benefiber, which is tasteless, into one of her meals each day. She ate only wet foods.
As for surgery, I'd opt for the more conservative surgery first. Removing the colon is radical and if I were you, would only do something like that if nothing else works.
I know someone on Catster who has a cat with megacolon. If I remember correctly, she decided not to have the surgery and has successfully managed her cat's megacolon for years. If you want to contact her, please send me a pawmail and I'll give you her name and Catster ID number and alert her that you may write to her.
I don't know what Yahoo is like nowadays or whether they still have discussion groups, but there used to be a group on Yahoo called Feline Megacolon that I found very helpful. If they still have that group, I highly recommend it.
Purrs for Athena!
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