Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

  Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs, BULLDOG CONSTIPATION is a fecal evacuation problem, BULLDOG MEGACOLON is extreemly distended colon.

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PRESENTATION:

Constipated bulldog will typically present with dry, hard, small volume, fecal material. The longer constipation lasts the harder and dryer it becomes and the more difficult it is to pass.
Prolong unattended bulldog constipation could lead to a full colonic impaction, obstipation, and bulldog megacolon, those problems will likely lead to serious illness.

  • STRAIN & SMASEM: straining to defecate
  • PAIN: between and during the defection
  • FECAL: Small dry fecal balls
  • PARADOXICAL DIARRHEA: due to constipation only the liquid poop is able to pass
  • DISTENDED PAINFUL ABDOMEN: Distended hard abdomen/colon on manual palpation
  • ILLNESS: depressed, lethargic, anorexic, vomiting

Bulldog and French bulldog megacolon is a medical hypomotility condition and a severe dilatation of the colon most commonly due to poorly managed chronic constipation.

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs

Your bulldog colon health and normal fecal evacuation depend on proper colonic motility & mixing.

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs CAUSE:

LIFESTYLE & DIET

  • OBESITY
  • INACTIVITYDEHYDRATION: insufficient hydration
  • STRESS & ANXIETY
  • DIETARY: low-quality diet, low fiber diet, indiscretion eating
  • BATHROOM ACCESSIBILITY: such as long hours in a cage
  • LOW FIBER

MEDICAL

  • DRUGS SIDE EFFECT
  • INTRALUMINAL OBSTRUCTION: is an obstruction within the colon such as foreign material mixed with the poop, intraluminal cancer, etc
  • EXTRALUMINAL OBSTRUCTION is obstruction due to compression from outside the colon such as a large prostate (prostatomegaly) and abnormal pelvic inlet (narrowing).
  • NEUROMUSCULAR & HORMONAL: like bulldog hypothyroidism, IVD, Spina Bifida
  • INTESTINAL PARASITE: hookworms, roundworms, giardia, etc.

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs DIAGNOSIS:

  1. HISTORY: constipation history, recent trauma (pelvic fracture), diet type, drugs, etc
  2. PHYSICAL MANUAL PALPATION: Mass, distended packed hard painful colon, distended painful abdomen.
  3. RADIOGRAPHS
  4. OTHER IMAGING:
    1. ULTRASOUND
    2. CT
    3. BARIUM CONTRAST
  5. COLONOSCOPY W/ BIOPSY
  6. FECAL TEST
  7. BLOOD WORK with Thyroid levels

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TREATMENT

LIFESTYLE TREATMENT

  1. ACTIVITY: healthy lifestyle, daily walks, and playtime
  2. STREE FREE & CALM: provide sufficient activity, playtime, and a relaxed environment
  3. WEIGHT LOST
  4. HYDRATION: make sure your bulldog gets plenty of water, you can mix extra with the food, add a broth ice cube to the water container, add canned food to the dry, etc

DIET & SUPPLEMENTS TREATMENT:

  1. Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs SUPPLUENTSBLEND QUALITY DIET: canned food can help with hydration, mixing water with a blender
  2. SUPPLEMENTS:
    1. DECREASE STRESS: If you have an Anxious bulldog, you can add supplements like Dr. Kraemer V4B Bully Calm & StressLess natural botanical chews
    2. INCREASE FIBER: add natural botanical fiber supplements like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Gentle Move & Anal gland express
    3. PROBIOTICS & DIGESTIVE ENZYMES: for a balance GI microbiome, like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Bully Pre & Probiotic Chews

MEDICAL & SURGICAL TREATMENT

  1. ENEMA
  2. STOOL SOFTENERS (Lactulose)
  3. LAXATIVES
  4. PROMOTILITY / PROKINETIC RX (cisapride)
  5. DEWORMER
  6. DIGITAL RECTAL EVACUATION: digital evacuation via the rectum with sufficient lubricants and often mild sedation
  7. SURGICAL: via laparotomy massaging the fecal balls out
  8. SURGICAL COLECTOMY: Subtotal colectomy by removing the dilatative colonic segments

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs TIPS & WARNINGS:

 Tip #1 MONITOR: Monitor your bulldog and French bulldog defecation and poop consistency

Tip #2 RX: Discontinue any medications that may cause constipation.

Warning #1 FEEDING: Avoid excessive eating and dietary indiscretion

Warning #2 LAXATIVES: laxatives should be discouraged unless necessary to avoid constipation.

Warning #3 COLECTOMY: Subtotal colectomy a risky and last resort surgical procedure, is a risky last resort option. Its expensive and the outcome are rarely optimal. Bulldog who had colectomy will need lifelong home care and monitoring

Waning #4 BULLDOG MEGACOLON: bulldog and French bulldog chronic constipation can lead to bulldog megacolon due to a permanently damaged colonic wall, damaged lumens, and nerves due to chronic distention and trauma.

“An Ounce of PREVENTION is Worth a Pound of CURE”

Constipation and Megacolon in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs PREVENTION IS CURE

*This guide was compiled courtesy of Dr. Kraemer, a “must-read” manual for any current or future bully owners

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