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Drug-choice will depend upon the cause of the incontinence. For example, opiate motility-modifying drugs increase the contraction of the bowl and slow the passage of fecal material. This will also increase the amount of water absorbed from the feces. Anti-inflammatory agents sometimes benefit patients with reservoir incontinence that is caused by inflammatory bowel disease.
Motility-modifying drugs should not be used if an infectious or toxic cause is suspected, and opiate motility modifiers should never be used in patients with respiratory disease. If the patient has liver disease, these drugs should be used cautiously. Use of opiates in dogs is not recommended at all, and motility-modifying drugs may cause constipation and bloating.
You will want to work directly with your veterinarian if your dog has been diagnosed with fecal incontinence. For example, if the cause is determined to be neurologic, the veterinarian will want to examine your dog frequently. Various kinds of radiologic tools may be used to measure progress. It will take patience on your part, as it may take a while for your veterinarian to come up with a therapy that will work for your dog.
The study of the functions of the body
The very end of the large intestine
An in-depth examination of the properties of urine; used to determine the presence or absence of illness
The term for the hip and related area
A ring-shaped muscle that is used to close and open an opening
The muscle in the abdomen that aids in breathing
The end of the gastrointestinal tract; the opening at the end of the tract.
Deviating from the normal; not typical.
The exiting of excrement from the body; bowel movements.
A localized infection, usually a lesion filled with pus. Can be large or small in size.
The digestive tract containing the stomach and intestine