Smedley is back home with Issac Arnold again... And Verona is VERY happy about that as all day yesterday he was being a very pesky little brother and annoying her..
Smed got to see the vet and it was determined that he has some issues with sphincter control. It is always so amusing to talk to people about anal issues, because they want to be delicate and not use words like anus or fecal matter.. after 12 years I'm so over not using the right words for the matter ;)
When I dropped him off I spoke to the awesome K who has been there (on and off) since I started fostering. She actually fostered a very young Jack before I ended up taking him home. I explained why I thought something else was going on here and why I wanted him seen, and she agreed with me that while it very well may be coccidia causing him issues, since none of the others in the room had this going on it was something else. The vet took a look at him and probed the area with a cotton swab and his determination is that he has some sphincter control issues.. basically what is going on is that his anus is tightly closed until he has to go poop, and he does, but that 'clench' at the end that makes the poop fall off and 'close things up again' isn't as tight as it should be.. thus the looser fecal matter that is supposed to stop and start forming the next stool isn't stopped and it leaks out for a while until it finally closes back up.
It was recommended to put him on a high fiber diet, in hopes that the fiber would 'sop up' some of the matter that was leaking, and maybe give him something to push against?? Once again they attempted to give me W/D. Since it has carageenan in it - a known inflammatory of the bowel - I decided against it. Knowing what the issue is will give me a chance to correct it a bit more holistically.
|You are taking about my bum again aren't you?|
I will say this morning his bum looked 50-75% better than it had been.. so *knock wood* hopefully this is the last of that.