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About the Book I Wrote:

Koi Health & Disease: Everything You Need To Know 2nd Edition
A lot of experience is in this book and keeping it simple is important. Buy on Amazon

NOTE: The "Sporn Halter" I'm always talking about....(Link)

NOTE: Do not give PORK bones. Please.

NOTE: Your dog WILL NOT STARVE when you feed dry dog food offered dry.

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"Obstructed Constipated Obstipated"

I'm not sure how the rest of the world defines these but there are differences.

If a cat 'can't poop' and has a BIG poop remnant blocking the anus, but the rest of the digestive tract is "pretty okay" I'd call that OBSTRUCTED - quite often, clearing the obstruction is "pretty easy" and the cats can go on motility modifiers, soluble and insoluble fiber or even laxatives to keep things 'moving' and not form another big fecolith that blocks the exit. (Anus)

If a cat 'can't poop' and the lower bowel is full of large, hard(ish) poop and a laxative and some fluids "does the trick" and the cat or dog poops, then it was obstipated.

If a cat or dog 'can't poop' and all of the above are true and a laxative and some fluids DO NOT MOVE THINGS ALONG then I call that 'constipated' and it will require an enema or even 'digital' (glove) removal of the offending bowel remnants.

QUITE OFTEN the owner thinks a dog or cat "Can't poop" and there's ACTUALLY nothing in there. In fact the colon is SPASTIC or IRRITATED (for exam inflammatory bowel disease) the dog FEELS LIKE it has to poop, holds that posture repeatedly and produces NO poop. On those it's easy, I'll do my exam and I'll find zero poops in the dog. It's cleaned out but STILL "has to poop" so it looks constipated / obstipated.

That's colitis.

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

BABYLTRL Dog Cone Collar for After Surgery, Soft Pet Recovery Collar for Dogs and Cats, Adjustable Cone Collar Protective Collar for Small Medium Large Dogs Wound Healing

Anymore these days companies are NOT making cones that are long enough to protect feet, OR stop head shaking. You really just need a cone. And this is the most important part - YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIX IT TO THE COLLAR because NO CONE is tight enough to resist a back foot pushing on it. And they'll do it! (Buy The Right One on Amazon)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

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