Q. Our 11 year old Manx is having bowel issues. She tries to push but with no results. We are out of town and away from her Vet.
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.
A. I'm assuming that she's already under the care of your vet for neurologic hind end issues related to being a Manx, like having a tough time defecating. I'd make recommendations regarding adding pumpkin to her diet to aid with softening stool and keeping things "moving", however if she's pushing and not getting anything out I recommend you find a vet in the area you're visiting who can give a veterinary enema. It's dangerous to use the phosphate-based enemas for people in cats, as they can experience serious complications. A vet will know how to use something appropriate, like warm water, as an enema to soften the stool, and help it pass.