Date: 2001-02-27 06:19:00 UTC
Subject: New and Prolapsed Question
I found you! All I need is just one more list to try and keep up
I'm still struggling with Oliver's prolapsed rectum. His scent glands
have been expressed a few times. His stools are not firm. He's
straining. He'll be two in May. He acts fine except when his little
rectum doesn't go back in and he's very uncomfortable. It seems like
he'll be fine for a few days and then not. I'm checking his little
bum constantly (Oh, Mom!).
I've been supplementing his diet with some gravy, or chicken baby
food, and a little cream because he loses weight if I don't. He was
eating Totally Ferret, but now prefers the cats special food while
he's out. I do mix both in the cage hoping he'll eat it. I've tried
different dry foods to find something he likes better. I've left out
the extra soft foods to see if that is contributing. So far I have
not been able to put two and two together. I don't know if it's two
different things going on or if it's ADV related. Of course, I've
been using creams and ointments on him too, but that only helps
He was at the vets yesterday for observation and he expressed his
glands again. I have not seen a problem when I checked him last night
and this morning. That still doesn't explain the soft stools. But
thankfully he's not poofing like he was several weeks ago either when
he first had impacted scent glands.
My vet is going to take a rectal biopsy first and if the pathology
report doesn't show anything then he'll go in and biopsy the
intestines, stomach and colon (if I remember correctly). He said the
rectal tissue felt different (tubular)??? He did run a scope up him a
few weeks ago and said everything looked OK from the rear to the colon.
I'd really appreciate any helpful info or if anyone has experienced
this before. I'm frustrated because I don't know what to do to help
him any more especially since I have not been through this before.