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.

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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.

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