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A Second Chance for Barney the Corgibull and a double dose of NHV

Inspiring Pet Tails 4 min read
A Second Chance for Barney the Corgibull and a double dose of NHV

Nine years ago Barney was found wandering the streets of Los Angeles. Barney had suffered a fracture to his pelvis from an unknown cause. This fracture caused a portion of his pelvis to push on his colon which made it difficult for poor Barney to pass bowel movements. Two months after Friends of Animals rescued him, his new mom Valerie met him and fell in love.

Valerie reached out to NHV about a month ago looking for a solution for her furry fighter to help him soften up his stools. He was already taking Tripsy for healthy kidney function and maintenance, but needed a little something extra to soften up his stools.

Maris was recommended to help ease Barney’s consitpation. A month later, Valerie is happy to report that a double dose of Maris has helped to ‘get things moving’. It is safe to increase your fur kid’s dosages to up to double the recommended therapeutic dosage (if you feel they could use the extra support), but we recommend starting with the normal dosage and gradually increase.

Barney’s story is one of how far he has come along with the support of loving veterinarians, friends, and family. His transformation from a stray to a beloved friend is quite remarkable, and shows how a little love can go a long way. We instantly fell in love with his sweet little face… How could he not wiggle into your heart? Here is Barney’s story in mom Valerie’s words:


Barney, a Corgi/Pittie mix, was found on the streets of LA starving (see attached photos after he had had his surgery). He was brought to a rescue that immediately took him to their veterinarian who at first thought he was a really old dog they were bringing in to put down. But when the doctor looked at his teeth, he realized Barney was maybe only 3 to 5 years old!

After some x-rays, the vet discovered a blockage which meant Barney couldn’t keep any food down. Most likely this was caused by the healed broken pelvis he had which literally pushes on his colon, making the passing of his stool a bit challenging if he doesn’t eat and drink properly. Living on the streets he was eating whatever he could find and most likely not drinking enough. His nickname at the vet’s office was “Skeletor!” Fortunately, the vet did an amazing job of removing a portion of his intestines, so Barney was able to eat and his colon began working again.

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We adopted him in June of 2009, just 2 months after his surgery, and Barney has been a delight ever since. (We call him a Corgi Bull.) We’ve always had to be mindful of his diet, and it’s only in the last year or so that we’ve had some issues of constipation. At one point it was really bad so he was taking a prescription laxative.

It really got challenging last Autumn when Barney woke up with senior vestibular disease, which is basically a case of vertigo. He of course couldn’t eat and the only food we could eventually get down him was a cheap grocery store wet food. That definitely caused constipation, so we eventually weaned him back to his regular food, but off and on his constipation flared, and I did not want to continually have to reach for the Lactulose. That’s when a friend thankfully mentioned NHV’s Maris. We tried a regular dose for about 10 to 12 days and saw no change, so after consulting NHV, we doubled the dose almost 2 weeks ago, and so far so good – truly a relief! I know Barney definitely feels better with that smile on his face, and so do we!

Causes of Constipation

One of the of the most frequent causes of constipation in dogs is dehydration. Some other common causes are internal obstructions that can compress the bowel from the outside (such as in Barney’s case) hernias, kidney disease, ingested hair or debris, side effects from medication, stress, parasites and deficiencies in diet.  Depending on the severity, left untreated, constipation can become life threatening!


  • Increase fiber and moisture intake. Feeding your dog a little bit of pumpkin with his food is a great way to prevent and cure constipation. Pumpkin is high in water content and a great source of fiber.
  • Exercise. Just like humans, dogs need exercise and movement to encourage normal movement in the bowel.
  • NHV Maris promotes soft stools while fostering good colon health. It works in chronic constipation and can help relieve gastrointestinal upset and megacolon. . The herbs are safe for long term use too!  The vitamin rich and antispasmodic herbs gently encourage bowel movements and can help soothe irritated tissues.—help fight bacterial infections in the gastrointestinal symptoms

9th Anniversary

We are so happy to hear that Barney recently celebrated his 9th rescue anniversary! Congratulations Barney… here is to many more happy years with your loving family!

If you have any questions about NHV products or if you are curious to know how we can help your pet with any health concerns, please get in touch with a NHV Pet Expert. We’d love to help, naturally!

Published: August 9, 2018

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