By Debbie “The Rat Lady” Ducommun
For the treatment of megacolon see the article at www.ratfanclub.org/megacolon.html
Here are photos of autopsies done on rats with megacolon.
WARNING! They are quite graphic and might be disturbing to some people.
These rats were a brother and sister from an extremely inbred litter. They were euthanized at about 4 weeks of age. Their large intestines were about 3-4 times the size they should have been.
The neutered male rat below was 9 months old and received the recommended treatment. However, he developed a blood clot in his large intestine which caused severe symptoms and he was euthanized. The abnormally enlarged portion of his large intestine was about 4 times normal size.
The female rat below was about 6 months old and received some treatment. However, she developed a severe fecal blockage and was euthanized. The enlarged portion of her large intestine is about 4 times normal size. The fecal mass in the picture on the right is what caused her blockage. 4 ½ cm is about 1 ¾ inches.
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