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VCA Animal Medical Center of Tucson
(520) 254-6192
2661 North 1st Avenue
Tucson, AZ
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Monday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday Closed
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Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Grooming, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Pima Pet Clinic
(520) 314-8806
4832 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
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Monday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Sahuaro Vista Veterinary Clinic
(520) 230-7089
333 W Cool Dr
Oro Valley, AZ
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Monday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery

River Road Pet Clinic
(520) 392-7213
5655 E River Rd # 171
Tucson, AZ
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Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Golf Links Animal Clinic
(520) 230-7041
7725 E. Golf Links Rd
Tucson, AZ
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Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Boarding, Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Equine Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Catalina Pet Hospital
(520) 230-7965
3801 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Animal Emergency Service
(520) 342-0950
4832 E Speedway Blvd
Tucson, AZ
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We operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week handling unexpected trauma, illness and injury.
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Monday 24 Hours
Tuesday 24 Hours
Wednesday 24 Hours
Thursday 24 Hours
Friday 24 Hours
Saturday 24 Hours
Sunday 24 Hours
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24-Hour Vet, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Ventana Animal Hospital
(520) 314-0789
6866 East Sunrise Dr
Tucson, AZ
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Daycare, Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Equine Vet, Exotic Animal Vet, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Large Animal Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Acoma Animal Clinic
(520) 468-7907
6781 N. Thornydale Suite 207
Tucson, AZ
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Bird Vet, Declawing, Equine Vet, Reptile Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Docking, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

Ina Road Animal Hospital
(520) 230-7084
7320 N La Cholla Blvd Ste 114
Tucson, AZ
Hours
Monday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Sunday 7:00 AM - 11:45 PM
Services
Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Emergency Veterinary Clinic, Holistic Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Treatment of Cat Constipation

By Ernest Ward, DVM

First, what is constipation in cats?MyPetED image: Constipated cats develop stomach pain by straining to defecate.

Very simply, it’s an abnormal accumulation of feces in the colon, resulting in difficult bowel movements.

  • Feces are retained in the large intestine or colon, which has a major function of water absorption.
  • When the retained feces become hard and dry, they become difficult and painful to pass.
  • Constipated cats develop stomach pain by straining to defecate.
  • Ideally, cats should defecate at least once every other day. But cats with constipation may reduce their frequency of
  • Some cats may pass small amounts of liquid feces or blood because of excessive straining. This may be mistaken for diarrhea, but it’s a small amount of liquid fecal material that was able to squeeze around the hard fecal mass.

What causes constipation in cats?

Constipation is seen most commonly in middle-aged and older cats, often with these factors involved:

  • Hair balls, especially in longhaired cats
  • Ingestion of foreign bodies
  • Pelvic injuries resulting in a narrowed pelvic canal
  • Obesity

In some cases, there’s no obvious cause and it may be associated with an unknown cause (idiopathic) megacolon.

What is a cat megacolon?

  • This term refers to a dilated and weak colon that causes severe constipation.
  • It can result from conditions where the colon becomes distended with fecal material over a prolonged period, and its ability to contract is reduced or lost.
  • Feces then accumulate in this abnormally distended and enlarged colon. Thus, it’s a megacolon.

How will my vet diagnose constipation or megacolon?

In most cases, your vet can make a constipation diagnosis based on your cat's clinical signs and medical history.

  • If your cat is affected, it may have been straining unsuccessfully to defecate, and crying in pain.
  • Your cat may have also shown signs of lethargy, reluctance to eat, abdominal pain and distention and vomiting.

Unless your cat is obese or tense, your veterinarian can often feel the accumulated fecal material in the colon through a physical exam. Your vet may run further tests to diagnose the cause of the constipation, including abdominal and pelvic x-rays to look for:

  • pelvic injuries
  • colonic strictures
  • tumors
  • megacolon

What’s the usual approach to cat constipation treatment?MyPetED image: Cat constipation can be treated successfully by following your vet’s recommendations and also by making sure the cat’s litter environment is clean.

Treatments vary depending on the cause, so your veterinarian will consider:

  • Enemas
  • Manual extraction of feces, requiring an anesthetic or sedative
  • Intravenous fluid therapy to correct fluid imbalances and dehydration that worsen the constipation.
  • If an obstruction such as a colonic tumor is present, surgery may be required.

To prevent recurrence, dietary management, medications and other methods may be needed.

  • Mildly affected cats may respond well to high fiber diets, lubricating laxatives or stool softeners.
  • Severely affected cats may need drugs that stimulate contraction of the colon.
  • In longhaired cats, r...

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