- 5 years ago
- Wedding: February 2012
I have a cairn terrier, named Finn, who is 9 and a half years old now. Other than this problem he is very healthy. New vets always think he must be younger than he is because he eyes, coat and teeth are so nice. He’s energetic and in overall still in the prime of his life.
However, for the past 9 months or so, he’s been having a poo problem.
The long and short of it: he has trouble going. When we take him for walks he sometimes thinks he has to go but nothing comes out. Oftentimes when he poos there is a little bit of blood (bright red) along with it. Sometimes when it’s really bad, he yelps like a little hurt lamb while having a bowel movement. 🙁
We’ve done everything we can think of. We’ve taken him to three different vets who all did all kinds of tests (blood, stool and tissue samples, ect) and have all come up with nothing.
First vet suggested we feed him chicken and rice for a while. That did nothing.
We tried a “sensitive stomach” food which seemed to help a bit, but didn’t remove the problem.
The next vet put him on a powerful antiboitic for a few weeks. That also did nothing. Then we tried adding pro-biotics to his food. That also barely helped.
Our groomer recommended we switch his food to grain free, so we did that for a month or so but he was allergic to almost all the brands we tried so now we have him on a salmon based, grain-free food which seems to help a lot.
But he still has trouble going to the bathroom. He doesn’t yelp when he poops, but there is still a little bit of blood and he still always thinks he needs to go when he does not. When he goes I can see that the inside of his anus is red and inflamed. he avoids going #2 for as long as possible because it clearly hurts him to go!
The poop itself seems to be a good consistency, colour and size.
We’re just not sure what else to do! 🙁 Not one vet has been able to give us any answers that actually leads to any results and internet searches do not come with much else.
Has anyone else out there ever had this problem with their pet?