Signalment: Geriatric, M/N, DSH, Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) positive, rescue cat at local shelter
Owner's Complaint: 7 month duration of megacolon, with partial perianal hernias due to straining, presented for euthanasia
History: Maggie, an 11 year old, 10.5 kg., spayed female terrier mix presented with a 2 day history of anorexia and intermittent bilious vomiting. There was no known toxin or disease exposure. She shared her home with an indoor cat and a 10 year old Chihuahua. She led a sedentary life. Her previous history included chronic periodontal disease, obesity, now resolved, and a minor cruciate injury remised with rest and Chinese Herbs (Tendon Ligament formula from Jing Tang Herbal pharmacy.)
Toby, an 8 YO, male neutered German Shepherd, was referred to the emergency center with massive ascites, hypoproteinemia, and hypoalbumenia on Sep 10, 2010. He had lost 13 lbs during the last 3 months. Toby had a history of diarrhea which was controlled with intermittent treatments of metronidazole and tylosin.