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    Question french bulldog with prolapsed bowel

    Hi all just looking for advise with my 4 month old French bulldog puppy Cid. On the 23/12/12 my dog had a prolapsed bowel we promptly took him to our local vet who was fantastic, who rushed us in and reinserted his bowel and preformed a purse string suture to hold it in place. We have changed our dogs diet from advance dry food to wet pal and are thinking of also adding tinned pumpkin for some added roughage.

    His current medical treatment regime is 1mg of laxapet 3 times a day, Amoxyclav (200mg) twice a day, metronidazole (100mg) twice a day and we also have been giving him sedation and analgesia as needed which is usually at night when he needs to poo and gets agitated and is in quite a bit of pain.

    Prior to Cids prolapse he had been having ongoing bowel issues from the age of 8 weeks with loose bowl movements we attemted to treat this is worming tablets (Inceptor every 2 weeks and then monthly from 12 weeks) and diet (feeding advance dry food with boiled chicken and rice) the week of Cids prolapse we gave ensal (4ml three times a day) to treat his loose bowel movements. After a day of this treatment cid appeared to be constipated so we stopped giving the ensal. At this time it was hard to gauge his bowel movements as he started eating his own faeces.

    The advice i'm looking for is what else can we do as from google and our vets advice prolapsed bowels have a very poor prognosis. If the purse string stitch dosent work my boyfriend and I are looking into the procedure coloplexy I was wondering if anyone has had any experience/ success with the operation as anecdotal evidence would suggest it has quite a good outcome. Im also from the south east of Melbourne and any suggestion of vets and prices would be very much appreciated. Lastly should we tell our breeder about the situation as the vet feels that his tail could be one of the potential causes for the prolapse.

    Its been quite a horrible Christmas with lots of tears we love our dog Cid and want to give him the best chance

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    Sorry to hear your pup is going through this, I have no advice other than you should tell your breeder what's going on!

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    Is the pup from a registered breeder? If so, i'd be finding out what the breeders responsibilities are in this case.

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    Thank you for the quick responses Yes we brought Our puppy from a ANKC registered breeder, he came with main papers and we paid $3,500 for him.

    also we are taking back to the vet tomorrow as Cid has been having daily injections of carprieve for pain.
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    Your first port of call should have been your breeder. Before you make any more decisions give them a call to discuss the situation as he is so young. What you should also be more worried about is his calorie and nutritional intake. Tinned food is 90% water and hence why he's eating his own fecal matter, he's starving. Did the vet give you a regime of 4-6 small meals a day instead? Something like meat milk shakes with vitamin powder put in, or something like the Hills A/d can watered down into a slop to get calories in but in tiny doses?

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    I am just going to echo everyone else I'm afraid. Definately speak to your breeder asap.

    I agree with Nek about the food. Your pups breed has a big engine room and its not getting the proper fuel.

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    I'm very sorry for you, but if it were me I'd take the dog back and demand my money back. The worst thing you can do is feel sorry for the dog as this could financially destroy you and still end up with no dog.

    I would not except another pup from this breeder as a replacement either, as this issue could be in the lines too. You are covered by consumer law and are not the first or last person to have something like this happen to them, Good Luck.
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    Its just hard because emotions are already involved, i love him and I don't think i could give him back . I'm going to call the breeder tomorrow and see what happens. Also tomorrow my boyfriend and i are going to pet barn to get some supplements and more nutritious food.

    On a side note Cid seems better he hasn't needed any pain relief/sedation for over 24 hours is happy and brighter. He is having 2-3 bowel movements a day and has starting going back to his cheeky normal self. The real test now is it see if his bowel stays in after this purse string stitch is removed on the 6th of Jan.

    Also thank you everyone who has commented or given advice it is all very much appreciated.

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    I would also contact the breeder about the problem and recommended diet.

    I switched my dog off Advance because it was giving her the runs. My uncle has no problem feeding it to his Bedlington Terriers and they do a lot better on it than the supermarket brands.

    I currently feed Black Hawk Holistic but if my dog was having ongoing bowel problems I would be looking at feeding her a home made diet of mince meat and vegies in consultation with the vet. I wouldn't feed bones. They can pierce the bowel or just make passing through really uncomfortable. My dog has trouble at both ends with bones, so I don't feed them to her. Instead I feed things like raw carrots, the occasional dentastix (about 15 seconds of joy), and roo jerky (made from muscle not bones). boiled chicken and rice is good - but you need to supplement with other vitamins - maybe cooked pumpkin etc - to cover the full dietary requirements of a dog. I would be looking at all soft food for the moment.

    PS I would ask your vet to send in details along with your dog's name and parent's names etc to the LIDA dog DNA database - so these problems can be tracked and perhaps prevented in future puppies. A prolapse is not common in French Bulldogs according to the database.
    http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/lida...ges/contact_us

    http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/lida...ench%20bulldog

    Don't forget to ask your vet some key questions about your puppy's chance at quality of life - relatively pain free and able to do doggy things. And ask the vet what they would do if it was their dog.
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    prolapsed bowels are not only genetic problems, they can come from mechanical problems too. Prolapses are not an uncommon problem in the animal world particularly in livestock

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