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The DANGERS of Irregular Bowel Habits in Pets

Years ago, people didn’t talk about bowel habits, but today “IRREGULARITY” is all over the media! Because our pets can’t talk, if their symptoms of Bloating, Gas and Discomfort go untreated, more Serious Consequences can develop. A pet showing signs of loss of appetite and/or general malaise, blocked, abscessed and/or ruptured anal glands or bowel could result in toxicity, hospitalization or bowel surgery.

What To Look For:

-less than one bowel movement per 24 hours; -small, hard or dry bm’s; -obvious blood or dark stools; -runny or pasty bm’s or gooey mucous coat on bm; -straining or frequent attempts to poop

Possible Causes:

-improper diet and/or water intake
-slow-moving bowels due to AGE or INACTIVITY
-cancer; -stool impaction/fecaliths or anal gland abscesses; -parasites

What Can Be Done?

-first, consult a veterinarian. They may suggest: -increase dietary fiber/increase water intake; -encourage exercise-at least 15 minutes per day; -medicines to stimulate bm’s and/or decrease bloat; -supplements like the “Activia Challenge” for people; -enemas

Your pets are Very Important to us. We want a better quality of life for them and we are here to help. E-mail us at 1animallovers@verizon.net and write Pet Pages Article in the Subject Line. We welcome the opportunity to address your questions. In our return e-mail, you’ll receive a $25.00 off Gift Certificate toward your initial exam!

Presented by Dr Phyllis Campagna, of Animal Lover’s Pet Hospital and The Cat Clinic, 3301 John Moore Rd, Brandon. Call us today at 813-654-VETS or 813-684-CATS and visit us at www.CatAndDogClinic.com. See Locator Map on Page 48-49 for Our Location


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