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My cat (who acts like a goat) has a 1/8 inch string?/cord? hanging out of his butt today.  He has a tendency to chew on plastic bags and cardboard boxes.  The cord has been there since this morning.  I was hoping he would poo and it would come out.  But it is still there tonight.  I don't know if maybe he was able to poo today and somehow the poo just passed by the cord.  Or if maybe there is something at the end of the cord which might be preventing him from pooing.  How can I tell if he IS able to poo?...(there are four cats in the house).  How long can a cat go WITHOUT being able to poo before it is dangerous to his health? Should I just wait and see if he CAN pass it or does he need to go to a vet urgently?  His disposition seems normal...He's not acting like anything is wrong with him...

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I am glad the string is no longer sticking out, but did you find it in the BM? that is critical as it may have been sucked back up in. Just continue to carefully monitor - if any vomiting, pain in belly, lethargy, not eating - go straight to the  clinic.  

This is one time when conventional medicine is needed. Strings can pass normally, but often they get stuck in the intestine, actually cutting the intestines.
Unless the string has completely passed and you saw it in the stool, you do need to go to the clinic, and probably will need an X-ray and maybe even a Barium study.  

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I can give you the holistic approach to any problem, mostly for dogs and cats and some farm animals and horses. Depending on the condition and the type of animal, I will be able to give very specific treatment suggestions such as what flower essences, homeopathic remedies, nutritional supplements, diet changes, lifestyle changes or herbs that may be helpful - not drugs. I can also suggest where you can go for further education or to find a specialist in a specific holistic field. I can help you understand why your animal is ill and what improvements can be expected. I do not check messages more than every one to two days, so PLEASE DO NOT ask about EMERGENCIES - call your local veterinarian. I cannot diagnose your animal. I cannot prescribe specific treatments. I am no longer very current with conventional treatments, so cannot answer questions on those. I am not an expert on birds or small critters. I am not an expert in breeding, birthing or babies.

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I graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1980 and began using homeopathy in my practice after a client introduced me to it. By 1988 I was using exclusively holistic treatments. I began lecturing in 1987 and have spoken at veterinary conferences, health food stores, people's homes, churches, veterinary college conferences - anywhere people want to learn more about keeping their animals healthy.

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Academy of Veterinary Homeopathy (I helped found this one) American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association National Center for Homeopathy American Veterinary Medical Association

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I have written in many magazines, journals and newspapers. A few include Bark Magazine; Journal of the AHVMA; Baltimore Dog Magazine; Whole Dog Journal; Tiger Tribe; Wolf Clan. I have also been frequently interviewed on radio and TV. I am Associate Editor for the Integrative Veterinary Care Journal, so often have articles there.

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Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) Certified Veterinary Homeopath (CVH)

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