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Vet-Approved Home Remedies for Dog Constipation

You may notice that your dog is straining to produce a bowel movement. Is this constipation? Chances are, if your dog strains and has a dry, firm bowel movement, you are truly dealing with a case of constipation. If your dog strains throughout the day and produces no bowel movement, this is technically called “obstipation,” the inability to produce a bowel movement, which is of more concern than just constipation.

Keep in mind, though, that when your dog strains and strains and produces nothing, his problem may be tenesmus, not constipation. Tenesmus means the dog has had diarrhea, and is attempting to pass stool, but the bowels are empty so nothing comes out. Diarrhea or colitis requires a totally different treatment plan from constipation!

Potential Causes of Dog Constipation

The cure for constipation will depend on the cause. Some cases may be treated at home through a natural home remedy, while others need immediate attention from a vet. The most worrisome cases are those where dogs develop other symptoms along with constipation. It’s easy for an attentive owner to diagnose constipation, but not easy to diagnose the underlying cause.

It’s the owner’s responsibility to decide whether a dog can be treated at home or needs immediate veterinary attention.

Medical Causes That Are Likely to Require a Vet’s Attention

  • Obstruction by a foreign object. It’s possible that something your dog ate is obstructing his intestine. If your dog is a known foreign-object eater, you should keep an eye out for the signs of an intestinal obstruction: He strains, but produces either no stool or only a little diarrhea, and he vomits and can’t keep food down. Diarrhea doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an obstruction; sometimes some liquid feces make it through around an object blocking the gut. If your dog loves ingesting rocks, buttons, coins, or simply anything he can find, and the above symptoms seem all too familiar, then a prompt vet visit is required. X-rays will confirm whether some object is causing the obstruction. Emergency surgery may be needed, so the sooner you find out, the better.
  • Obstruction from other causes. Even if If your dog does not have a "vacuum cleaner" reputation, if he has the symptoms above, have him seen anyway, as there are other medical problems that could block the passage of stools, such as polyps, tumors, intestinal intussusception, or an enlarged prostate.
  • Blockage in the anus or rectum. Sometimes the issue is lower down the road. Rectal abscesses, fistulas, prolapse, or an anal tumor may be the contributing factor. Check the area for any abnormalities, and have a vet check the area since many times the problem may not be readily seen.
  • Endocrine conditions such as hypothyroidism or parathyroid disorders may cause constipation. A regular thyroid level test may be helpful to rule these conditions out.
  • Parasites such as whipworms may cause constipation. Have your dog's stool checked for parasites. The stool sample needs to be no more than 12 hours old.
  • Neurological damage, due to trauma, spinal cord disease, or other problems, may disrupt the nerves that control bowel movements.
  • Pain in the hindquarters—for example, from hip dysplasia, back problems, or tail problems—may make a dog reluctant to empty the bowels.
  • Medication side effects may trigger constipation. Diuretics, antihistamines, and antacids may be the culprits. Read the medication's label carefully and see if constipation is listed as a side effect.
  • Megacolon. Dogs with frequent bouts of constipation may become prone to megacolon, or a distended large intestine. This condition is irreversible (unless surgery is performed) and requires frequent enemas and trips to the vet to empty the bowels manually. This can be painful and very inconvenient.

When constipation is accompanied by lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting, it needs attention; visit a vet as soon as possible. Any time your dog exhibits a symptom that does not go away, appears unexplainable, or is accompanied by other symptoms and pain, please drive him to a vet or emergency center the same day. In simple words, when in doubt, get on route!

There are, of course, causes for constipation that will respond to home treatment.

  • Diet is a common cause. Your dog may just simply need a little extra fiber. As a home remedy, you can try to add one to two teaspoons of plain canned pumpkin (not pie filling) to the dog's food. This helps keep things moving. Pun intended!
  • Dogs that do not drink enough may get a little constipated now and then.
  • Dogs that are not exercised enough may get constipated. Just as in humans, lack of exercise may slow down the system.
  • Post-surgery obstipation is fairly common, because the dog fasts the night before surgery and is likely to refuse food afterward. The dog should relieve himself as soon as he is eating a regular diet, taking pain meds, and somewhat recovered.

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Dog Constipation Home Remedies

  • Bran. Some people have had success adding bran to dog food.
  • Metamucil. Add a sprinkle of Metamucil to canned food only, and with plenty of water, because Metamucil soaks up water.
  • Plain pumpkin (not the pie mix with spices) may help a constipated dog get some healthy fiber.
  • Milk or dairy products can relieve constipation in dogs that are lactose-intolerant. However, if you provide too much, the opposite problem will shortly arise! See Home Remedies for Dog Diarrhea should this occur.
  • Adding some moisture to dry dog food may help. A few teaspoons of water added to kibble should suffice.
  • Medications such as docusate sodium (Colace) or Lactulose may be prescribed by your vet to help soften stools.
  • Enemas. Your vet may tell you how to give a homemade enema of warm, soapy water. DO NOT give dogs over-the-counter enemas meant for humans; they may be toxic to pets and do more harm than good.
  • Exercise can get the bowels moving.
  • Water. Always make sure your dog has access to fresh water. Consider investing in a water fountain. Extreme cases of constipation may require a vet to give IV fluids.
  • Changing a senior dog's lifestyle can fend off constipation. Try adding extra fiber, or putting your dog on senior diet, which contains more fiber. Check labels for fiber content. Always provide fresh water as senior dogs sometimes do not drink enough. For older dogs, try two short walks a day, as opposed to a single long, tiring walk.

Disclaimer:

This article is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a veterinarian or as a diagnostic tool, as various conditions may resemble the descriptions provided. When in doubt, always take your constipated dog to a vet.

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Veronica 2 months ago

I have boxer mix don't know look like massifs He is 6 years old have not had bowel movement in 3 days my son said he thought he seen worms in his stool when he went days ago. I got him some deworming medicine give it to him also give him moist good and some oil how long should I wait. Before I see him have a bowel movement. Or is ther something else should I do.


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alexadry 3 months ago from USA Author

It could be she's not feeling like going being in a new place. Are you sure though she's not going somewhere in the house?


Betty Ross 3 months ago

I was just given 5 lb. 6 yr. old Maltese yorkie female. She is adorable. In 6 days she has had 2 bowel movements. Is that normal? She seems fine, doesn't eat much, definitely a lap dog. Could she be constipated?


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alexadry 3 months ago from USA Author

Marijan markovski, You must have not read the whole article, there are countless natural treatments for dog constipation and the video of the vet suggests several too.


Marijan Markovski 3 months ago

you just written the symptoms not a solution for my problem!


Connie 3 months ago

My 6mth poddle has had white chalk like stool what can i give her to help


Mia 10 months ago

Anyone...we found a tiny mini dog ..she was a mangy mess. Not taken care,of at all.. Emaciated ,,not sure what she was eating.. She doesnt know dog food.. Qe think whoever had her fed her ppl,food and did not have a very good diet.

Its been days since she has pooped. Im sort a freaking out. Ive never had or been around a mini tiny dog before. I have no clue what is normal whats not in some dog this small.. About 1.5lbs.. Not kidding at all.. My son said she is smaller than a rabbit... Cotton tail.. I,say the size of a kitten.

Anyone have any idea if worms couls cause her to poop less than a normal dog..

She was reluctant to get off my couch to drink.. I was bringing the bowl to her, but she is drinking now on her own.

Last time she pooped it looked like runny chocolate and no i didnt give het any chocolate.. I do have horses and i vet both.

Ive raised snakes too, so im not some moron or idiot. Ive just never even seen a dog in person this small. Ive raised cats, 5 pups in my life and ive never seen or heard of anything like this.


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alexadry 16 months ago from USA Author

For intestinal blockages (if that's what you are dealing with) there is nothing you can really do at home if there are already symptoms and so much time has passed. Since your dog is holding his back arched and walking oddly it could be he has abdominal pain. I would play it safe and see the vet. At times, dogs will pass the sock or vomit it back up, but since you are seeing troublesome symptoms you should call your vet and ask for advise.


melissa 16 months ago

hi my 3yr old pit bull hasn't had a bowl movement in two days and last night i think he ate a sock he was playing with because this morning he was barely walking and when he did he was on his tippy toes and his back was arched like an ally cat! his he in seroius danger and is there anything i can do for him at home without having to take him in to the vet?


Melody 16 months ago

Ryan, have you tried plain canned pumpkin yet? Make sure your dog drinks a lot, and try taking her on walks and look for places frequented by other dogs if your dog is vaccinated.


Ryan 16 months ago

I have a 6 year old blue tick beagle that is not having bowle movements has been taking antibiotics and pain meds started stool softener 2 days ago and still no bowel movement what can I do for her


Dillard 18 months ago

Sally and Bonnie, have your read the article? Bernie, it's not surprising your dog has constipation, you have fed your dog a diet meant to be fed for diarrhea! Rice and chicken will firm up the stools,and while the pumpkin can help for constipation ,the rice will probably not make it effective. You can try walking her, but if she is sick she should really see the vet.


Bernie 18 months ago

correction to my above question. My 5 month old Chihuahua is 2.5 pounds not 20 have pounds.


Bernie 18 months ago

I have a five month old Chihuahua 20 half pounds she wasn't eating and her stomach was gargling. She hadn't pooped and seemed constipated.so I gave her white rice and boiled chicken with some pure Punkin from the pet store and she still hasn't pooped for 24 hrs. She ate up the rice chicken and pumpkin (3xday)but still hasn't pooped. She pees a lot and the seems more active now but still no poop.


bonnie 18 months ago

My yorkie is 12lbs and 8yrs old what can I give her to help her poop she is so bloed


sally 18 months ago

My dog ate some mixed nuts and is not wanting to go poop today what to do to help him with this


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alexadry 19 months ago from USA Author

Anytime a vet prescribes something and you notice new symptoms or not getting better, it's best to give the vet a call. The vet has your file, the condition your dog was treated for and the dosages. He knows best what may be going on and if this is a side effect from the medication and if there is more to it. If his office is open today, don't be shy to give a call so you're not stuck on the weekend worrying. Vets don't charge for these calls as they're followups to the appointment.


Amber 19 months ago

My dog has been sick this week and I did take her to the vet who said she had a fever. He did bloodwork and said it was ok but he put her on two different antibiotics anyway because he was concerned. She began to perk back up after about 30 hours and has been barking and playing some but she is still not really eating much and it has been 72 hours. She has urinated some but no bowel movement. Also she appears to be wheezing on and off which she has never done before. She is a 7 pound chihuahua mix. Should I be concerned or give the meds more time?


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alexadry 21 months ago from USA Author

Please see the video in the article. The vet suggests some home remedies for dog constipation, but of course, see your vet if your dog acts lethargic or abnormal in any way.


Cynthia 21 months ago

It seem my dog is constipated what can i give him


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alexadry 23 months ago from USA Author

See your vet please, there's nothing to do at home if you're dealing with a blockage.


Nathapct 23 months ago

Hello, its just after Christmas, my dog has eaten a ham bone, and now its stuck what can I do?


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alexadry 23 months ago from USA Author

I m sorry, there's not much you can really do. Puppies aren't supposed to be lethargic and the other symptoms seem concerning, you need to have them checked by your vet.


LaTonya 23 months ago

Hello,

My puppies (Yorkies 11 months) have pooped once in the 7 days we have been in IL. Normally they both poop at least three to four times a day...My male puppy is constipated we are currently miles away from out vet and I missed pets mart today but I think I might take them there tomorrow.... Both if my puppies have vomited once since being here in, thier good intake is picking up and I make sure they have room temperature water all day...however they are not as active as normal and both of them got a hold of about 6 reeces cups that we left on the table when we return yup you know it they were gone and nothing bit wrapers were left....Coild this be the problem if so what should I do for the remained time we are here? Please help me...


Lilly 23 months ago

I often use pumpkin, and it usually takes 24 hours to see results. However, if your dog is recovering from heartworm disease very likely he is on a low exercise regimen, so the constipation may be more challenging. Your vet may have medications to help him out. I would consult with your vet if your dog still appears constipated.


heartworm treated 23 months ago

After our shih tzu had his first shot of his second treatment he had trouble expressing himself. We called the humane Society and they said give him pumpkin and if nothing by tomorrow bring him in. How lomg does it take pumpkin to work and should i try to do anything to ease his pain? He os on prenisone and we jave given hom pumpkin. He is surprisingly walking around aome and not barking and he is rating. Anyone help would be appreciated


melhai 2 years ago

Hi my dog is not pooping for almost 4days since we move in,in our new house but he is fine. Regular peeing and exercising.but still no sign that he wants to poop. Can you please help me.thanks in advance.


Mary 2 years ago

Sometimes, the opposite problem can present when giving a bland diet, and the dog gets a bit constipated with the rice,but it could also be there's not enough food in her system as with all the diarrhea and fast, and once-a-day feeding for 2 days has not allowed much poop to form. Why not try giving plain pumpkin which can help out?


tracy 2 years ago

My dog is 2 years old mini pin. Last weekend she had diarrhea for 2 days. So I with held food for 12 hours an gave her cooked ground Turkey an rice once a day for 2 days. Now she hasn't pooped in the last 3 days. She doesn't even act as tho she has to go.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Sounds like she was impacted, which can happen when the dog doesn't eliminate for a while such as after a surgery or when there is pain. The stools get hard and dry which makes them difficult to pass. Good to hear she went potty this morning. It's still concerning though that she isn't responding to the antibiotics. I would let your vet know. It's his/her call if he/she thinks you should continue or change antibiotic.


JP 2 years ago

Hello,

The vet said there were no stones or foreign object only a big hard feces that she was having trouble passing. I am currently giving her two pills of Clavomox a day, for two weeks. I'm almost done with a week treatment and not seeing a difference in the incontinence. She wets her bed or has an accident at least two to three times a day despite me taking her out every few hours. She did have a bowel movement this morning, so I'm glad about that. I'll continue to give her mirolax until she is on regular pooping schedule. Thanks for the prompt response by the way.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

I am concerned about the symptoms you are seeing.Did the vet rule out an intestinal blockage? I would seek the opinion of another vet. The dribbling if caused by a UTI should have been getting somewhat better after 3 days on the antibiotics. Did you give the full course? They need to be given for as long as instructed. If it's still continuing despite being on them for some time, it could be another type of antibiotic is needed. Your vet should be consulted on his. Pooping a little bit is better than nothing, but sometimes in blockages, a little liquid diarrhea makes it through the blockage, so this is something to consider. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.


JP 2 years ago

Hi,

My Dachshund was spayed couple of weeks ago. When I brought her home after the surgery, she was 'dribbling.' She couldn't hold her bladder in the house either (she is house broken). I took her to a vet and she was given antibiotics for UTI. I didn't see any difference at all in the incontinence so I took her back to the vet and they performed a urnialysis and did xrays. I was told she had hard stool that needed to be passed so I was told to give her Miralax and soft canned food twice a day. Needless to say, It hasn't made any difference yet and it has been three days. She pooped once yesterday (diarrhea like but not a lot) and hasn't gone at all today. She eats fine, doesn't drink water like she used to so I usually mix her food with water. She is still dribbling and I'm not sure what else I can do to help her constipation.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Let's hope it doesn't happen. In the 7 years I have owned my dogs I have yet to see them constipated. They are on a very good diet that is worth every cent.


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bodylevive 2 years ago from Loachapoka, Alabama

Great article! I've never seen my two dogs ever having a hard time. If I ever do, you've given me the ammo to handle the situation, thanks.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

What color were the stools? If your pup is straining to pass stools and they look pasty, a spoon full of plain pumpkin with no spices added to the dog's food can help keep bowels hydrated and feces soft enough to pass. If the stools are of a yellow pasty consistency, I would have him checked for giardia, if they are pasty and light colored, this may indicate a too-rapid transit from the small intestine to the colon. If he had worms, a fecal test is recommended about 2 to 4 weeks later to ensure there are gone, even if you no longer see them.Just throwing out some possibilities. I would check with the vet to play it safe.


lacara henry 2 years ago

My shih-Tzu was born march 18, and he had worms but I've treated them and he no longer has them. But his bowel movement has changed, he's still going twice a day but it's more like paste. I've also changed his dog food, but he still drinks a lot of water and he's very active. I was wondering since his bowel movement is like a paste, does this means he's constipated?


Bill Aikman 2 years ago

What to do if a Shih-Tzu dog becomes constipated? They are so small, so does the same apply for them? You can see my pup in my hub :)


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Sounds like good news! Definitively that patch on his back may have an impact, I hope he's on his way to recovery soon, best wishes!


MissPhedora 2 years ago

Thank you for your quick reply and article referral (our pets are everything!)! We just returned from outside and yet another attempt produced a bit more. It appears to me that the stapled patch is holding him back from relaxing and fully "assuming the position". After reading quite a few of your past articles, it confirms my questioning why my vet did not take an xray, mri or something to confirm that it is his back. Again, thank you (and yes, I will start stocking Pumpkin). Your site is wonderful and I will inform all my pet owners!


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Yes, pain can play a role in this, especially since it's his back being involved. I would ask your vet about this though, just to make sure. There are sometimes chances it can be neurological (but most likely, if that's the case, you would see a drunk-like gait and signs of paralysis), but since you mentioned he already pooped a bit, I would assume that's a good sign. Here is a person in a similar situation, but note in this case the dog wasn't peeing as well. http://www.justanswer.com/pet-dog/1pcgo-when-conce...


MissPhedora 2 years ago

My 14 year old Beagle, Al, pulled a nerve or pinched one in his back. Boy, was he loud...howling and shaking in pain. Scared the hell out of me! Took him into the vet and they gave him a morphine shot (I believe two) and he ate a plain food. The vet kept him for 10 hours, called it an emergency, and $500 dollars later, Al is home with a "pain patch" on his back (that is stapled on!). I have taken it easy with him, walking slow and taking him out without steps. Al always relieves himself in the morning and night, sometimes during the day too. He started to poop, but only one very little ball and nothing since. It looked normal. Its been two days and no poop. He has been drinking water and I have cut down, but fed him at his normal times except for today. Still no poop. Is this normal due to the trama and meds he was on? Regrettably, I am due to leave on a mandatory business trip in four days and want to get Al as normal a possible for the sitter. Thanks for you help.


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Art 2 years ago

My Choc. Lab is 6 years old and is having trouble going , he trys but very little comes out, this has been going on since yesterday, How much pumpkin should i give an 85lb. lab to give him the proper fiber he may need ?


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Ideally, should be solid, but it may be he's still recovering, and it's starting to bulk up. Did your vet recommend a bland diet or a bland food? If it continues ask him what can be done and if more testing is needed to get to the root of the problem, best wishes!


Elwin 2 years ago

Lol yeah thats true. But its mushy and like a medium dark brown color. Is that good?


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Yay! Isn't it funny how seeing a dog poop makes worried dog owners so happy! Been there and done the happy dance several times for seeing dogs pooping!


Elwin 2 years ago

Good news! The vet had his nurse called me back and they said don't be concern if he hasn't pooped yet because he was throwing up a lot on Saturday and was dehydrated that it will take a couple of days for him to poop. He didn't really have diarrhea much except for Sunday when he let out a lot of watery brownish red stool.. That was all he did. But he is on meds, cerenia for throwing up, anti Vite (I think is for vitamins) and claravox (which I think is an anibotic) and he is also eating canned gastrointestinal I.d dog food.. But even better news is, he finally pooped.


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Plain pumpkin (not the pie filler with spices, just plain) can sometimes help, but it's best to ask your vet first before trying home remedies just to see if he has any ideas what could be causing this. I wonder if he put your dog on any meds to help the stools firm or if you were told to give rice which firms up stools, or if it's just that his bowels were "cleaned out" and haven't had a chance to form stool yet since he has been having vomiting and diarrhea.


Elwin 2 years ago

Called the animal clinic we take Peanut too and I been waiting for an hour and 10 mins.. They said he wasnt in yet when I called. I'm a little worried.. Peanut been acting normal, barking, eating, drinking water, jumping off the bed now. But he still hasn't pooped.. Idk what it can be.. Should I give him something to go?


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

If the vet didn't seem concerned and your dog has stopped vomiting and seems better, one would assume he would be on his way to recovery. Here's a person in a similar situation: http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/6qxx0-dog-vom...


Elwin 2 years ago

Yeah I did... He didn't really say anything about it.. If he stopped throwing up the yellow bile with the black specks, would that be normal?


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Yellow bile is vomited when the stomach is empty, the black specks can be worrisome though if it resembles coffee grounds, because that can be digested blood, which can come from an ulcer. But it also could be something he ingested....did you mention the black material your dog vomited to the vet?


Elwin 2 years ago

Thank you for replying back, hearing that makes me feel a bit better.. I'm a worry wart. He is like a big brother to my kitten that I found about 3 weeks ago.. I woke up this morning to both Peanut and Peach(my kitten) sleeping side by side.. It is just werid how on Friday he was just fine and Saturday comes around.. And he was throwing up yellow bile with black specs in it and yesterday before we took him to the vet he threw up one more time smelly white fem


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alexadry 2 years ago from USA Author

Seems like he's on his way to recovery if he is keeping food down, give it some time for him to poop, after all, he had vomiting and watery diarrhea, so not much left in the stomach to digest and form new stools. Temperature in dogs is between 101 and 102.5 F, so that looks good. Don't hesitate to contact your vet if you notice any other symptoms, but so far looks good! Good luck with Peanut!


Elwin 2 years ago

On Saturday my 5 year old Daschund, Peanut was throwing up all day at least 5-10 times with at least maybe half an hour between them and even after drinking water. We took him to the vet yesterday.. They said he is dehydrated and wanted to keep him til they close to give him iv fiulds.. We only had enough for the second option which they gave him a shot of anti nuasea medicine called ceneria and a shot of vitamins and gave him gasto i.d dog food. So we go home.. About maybe 3 hours later he started to poop and it was very watery/loose it was also a wine type of color redish brown.. So we took the sample of it back to the vet and they ran test for parvo and worms.. They both came back negative. Paid $80 for both tests and medicine called claravox. We gotta give him ceneria everyday until finished 30 mins before he eats, the vitamin medicine we gotta give him it twice a day, claravox twice a day also. He did pee for the first time yesterday kinda a dark yellow and then maybe a short time or more later he peed again and it was lighter. A few mins ago he peed again and it was lighter than the other times. He hasn't pooped yet... But he is eating a little and drinking water. We are also giving him unflavored pedilyte. I'm still a little worried... I'm just looking for similar stories or some second opinion. His temp yesterday was 99.3 took it today and it was 101.4 so thats good isn't it?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Sounds like good news! Was it solid? Does he seem like he's feeling better now? I really hope this gave him relief and he's doing better.


john 3 years ago

This morning


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

This can be caused by several problems, an intestinal blockage, a back injury, a pinched nerve, anal gland problems, or an enlarged prostate. When did he poop last time?


john 3 years ago

He is not is that much pain but he looks sad and wants to poop.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

You should see your vet to determine what is causing the problem. Many times it's the anal glands causing problems, but it could be many other problems. Canned pumpkin is helpful for dog constipation, but since your dog is in pain, best to play it safe and see the vet.


john 3 years ago

My dog is whinning and is trying to poop what should I do.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Makes sense since brown rice has more fiber, great that your dog loves it so much!


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

Brown Rice, with a little bit of butter for flavoring, he loves it.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

That's odd, as we often used to recommend rice for the opposite problem- diarrhea! That's interesting though, was it brown rice or white rice?


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ketage 3 years ago from Croatia

I have fed my dog rice to relieve his constipation, I am not sure if it will work for all dogs, but it has for mine, I will try pumpkin next time and see if that works as well. thanks for sharing, great hub with a lot of information :)


Colleen 3 years ago

That article gave me the info I needed, thanks!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

I am not qualified to give nutritional advice and dosages, but this article may be helpful to you:

http://www.barfworld.com/blog/?p=2060


Colleen 3 years ago

I have an English Mastiff that is a hoover. He has already had surgery once to have a sock removed from his intestines. The other day he chewed up a notebook that he took off my desk. He is acting fine; eating, drinking, playing ect. but I think the paper may have bound him up a bit. I do not think he is blocked since the last time he was really sick and he is not acting sick at all this time. He is passing very small amounts and is very gassy. Since he is such a moose can you give me an idea about how much pumpkin I can give him?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Yay! You took good care of her, kudos to you!


Olivia 3 years ago

I talked to him, and he said it was fine. :) Emmie seems to be a lot better! I'm really glad she's finally getting better. Today she even jumped on the couch! Thank you for all of your help!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Best to discuss this with your vet, according to the frontline website:

http://www.frontline.com/Pages/Faq.aspx


Olivia 3 years ago

Also, if my dog is on pain killers can I still give her monthly frontline?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Thanks for the update, it's awesome to hear she's doing better, looks like the vet got to the root of the problem this time!


Olivia 3 years ago

She's beginning to feel better! She has been taking pain killers and she's a little better. Although today we didn't give her pain killers because she's was acting really good. We still don't let her jump but she's really doing better.! Thank you so much for everything!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Hello Olivia, I hope this helps her recover now. Fingers crossed that after 2 weeks she'll be back her normal self. Keep me updated if you wish!


Olivia 3 years ago

My sister just took my dog to another vet. They said she has something with a disc in her back. She said she can't jump or do any of that for two weeks. She also gave her pain killers. Now hopefully, she gets better soon! Thank you so much, I really appreciate you writing back and giving me all of this advice. You are great!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

I can't help you with that as we do not know for sure what is causing the symptoms you are seeing. Usually, fasting, followed by a bland diet is helpful for mild cases of upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhea where the dog is still acting alert and has an appetite. Since you do not know what is causing the symptoms you are seeing, it's a shot in the dark. I would recommend seeing your vet. If you are seeing the same vet, when you book the appointment let the office know it's a follow-up exam. Some vets offer a significant discount for these. Best wishes!


Olivia 3 years ago

She is not vomiting. I will contact the vet. Although dobyou think it's a good idea not to feed her for two days?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Is she vomiting? About 8 days ago, when you saw the vet, you said the vet found some "substance in her pancreas" did he ever provide more details about it? It may be a good idea to contact your vet and discuss all of this into more detail.


Olivia 3 years ago

Okay so I've been researching and I am convinced that my dog may have pancreatitis. We haven't fed her today. I don't know if I will feed her tomorrow, it says that you shouldn't feed her. So I guess that's what I'm going to do.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Rolling over can be caused from abdominal pain or discomfort or it could simply be her way of being submissive. Your vet may want to get x-rays to see if there are any blockages or enlargements. Sometimes when a health problem doesn't resolve with medications, more investigative procedures are needed to come to a correct diagnosis. If you have a VCA animal hospital near you, and never been to one before, they may give you dog a free vet exam, but will be charged for any meds or tests run. Google VCA FREE EXAM


Olivia 3 years ago

Every time I touch her stomach she rolls over. So I'm guessing that she is constipated? Right? Yes, I fed her the original pumpkin. No spices. & the vet says he needs x-rays. But I have a feeling he is just saying that for the money. Because when we went with her, she said it was her enlarged glands in her throat, and now when I called him he said " wells what's wrong with her." And than he said he needs to do x rays.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

I hope she gets relief soon, but keep in touch with your vet as needed. The canned pumpkin needs to be the plain type with no spices added (not the pumpkin pie type) If you are not convinced much about this vet, try another one. Second opinions are often helpful.


Olivia 3 years ago

My vet checked her butt when I went to visit him the first time. He said everything was okay. But I'm not convinced. She doesn't jump on the bed and she spends alot of time outside. I just called my vet and he said to try canned pumpkin since she is not pooping. I just gave her a couple spoons of pumpkin, and my dad took her on a walk. Hopefully she will poop in a little while. Thank you for everything!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Olivia, I would think your dog should be better by now if the vet gave antibiotics, did your vet happen to look if she had any swollen glands by the inguinal area? These at times swell causing pain and trouble defecating. I would talk to your vet about this, since she is not getting better. I hope you can get at the bottom of this so she can be quickly back to normal.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Candace, sorry to hear your pup needs surgery, unfortunately, there's not much you can do once there is a blockage to this extent. Can you call the shelters around and ask if there are low-cost veterinary clinics? some vets may take payment plans, also google "pet credit card".


Olivia 3 years ago

So my dog is acting better, although now she doesn't really jump on my bed anymore. She isn't really that active. She's slow and she doesn't really want to do anything. I don't think she pooped in a while. What should I do.?


Candace 3 years ago

Hi we took my puppy to the vet and they did an x-ray and she has a piece of metal in her stomach and they said that she may not pass it and she needs surgery by tonight or she might not make it they gave her flouids and said that they couldn't do it today and we don't have the money to go anywhere what should I do


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Baby food is very bland and for this reason it's often recommended for dogs suffering from some form of digestive upset. We used to recommend it at the vet's office after a 24 hour fast as long as it didn't contain onion or garlic in the ingredients. Your vet is the best person to answer this question as he knows your dog's weight, diagnosis and medical history.


Olivia 3 years ago

One more question - do you think it's healthy to just feed my dog baby food? The vet said to feed it to her for three days, but I keep feeling like she is hungry. I gave her a jar of baby food in the morning, for lunch, and one around 8. But I feel like for a dog, that's not something that would make them full.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Great to hear she's on her way to recovery! Thanks for the update!


Olivia 3 years ago

Her movements are back to normal. She walks normally, she jumps around, and she actually puts her head down when she sleeps. We have to give her antibiotics for a couple more days. And the blood test showed that she had some substance in her pancreas, but it's not a big deal, the vet just said to feed her baby food for three days and let her drink pedialite. So she doesn't get dehydrated or something. So we have been feeding her baby food and antibiotics for these two days. Tomorrow is the last day that she has to eat baby food, than she can go back to regular food. And antibiotics she still has to take for 5-6 days. Thank you so much for all of your help.!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Makes sense for her enlarged glands to be in the neck area, since you mentioned she wasn't moving her head much. I hope the antibiotics help her get better soon. Did the blood test results come in? Did she have a temperature? Are her bowel movements back to normal? I am glad you took her to the vet. I wouldn't try any home remedies without getting a diagnosis and advice by your vet first. I also wouldn't touch the glands as they may be painful and touching may further irritate them.


Olivia 3 years ago

I went to my vet and she said Emmie has enlarged glands. In the neck area.? i think she said. We have her on antibiotics now. They took a blood test to see if ere any infections. Other than antibiotics, are there any home remedies that I could do to help.? Massage her neck or something.?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

This sounds much more serious than a simple case of constipation. Only your vet can say exactly what it is through diagnostic tests. Please see your vet.


Olivia 3 years ago

She's also not moving her head too much, and she just looks out of it. I put a warm electric pillow under a towel and I'm letting her lay on it. She's not being the normal happy dog that she always is, and it's making me sad. I just need answers to what this may be. Maybe constipation.?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Olivia, time to see the vet! Home remedies are worth a try only when the dog is active, bright and alert. Your dog sounds quite sick as not interested in food and is shaking. Please see your vet. Best wishes!


Olivia 3 years ago

My dogs head is really warm, and at time she shakes. She whines at time too. And I really feel as if it is constipation. I tried to feed her tonight and she's not eating. Usually when she hears the can she runs up to me. This time I even showed her and she just laid there and looked at me. I feel really bad. I don't know what I should do. Please help.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

I would get another vet's opinion, falling down and being so sick in a puppy so young is risky. Or perhaps your vet can provide you with a stool softener. Give them a call and ask. Adding water to the food you are offering (if this pup is already in the weaning process ) may help. I don't like the symptoms you are seeing in such a young pup. There can be other medical conditions causing the symptoms you are seeing


Sissy 84 3 years ago

I have a 3 week old puppy who's mother died at birth so we are bottle feeding her she was up walking doing great but I noticed that when I would try to make her poop she wouldn't go but once a day or so and now she cant walk it is like she is down in her hips. She try to get up and goes a step or so and falls down. Already took her to the vet they made her poop. But she still is not doing any better any advice?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Please see your vet, who knows what he ate... I hope he gets better soon!


Sarwan 3 years ago

My dog disappeared for three days and when he return he is not well.doesn't eat anything and put his tongue out.


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

I would have him checked out Judy the breathing hard is a concern. There are many things that can cause symptoms as such. From back pain to neurological issues. See your vet to be on the safe side, best wishes!


judy 3 years ago

My 7 yr old mixed wheaten terrier just started walking with his tail draging the ground, should be curded up on his back. he's tried yesterday and today to poop but just cant, its almost like he cant get into the position . at first i thought it was just dried up poop, cause hes a shaggy dog, or something with his tail. but not im thinking its got to be something else. hes eating and drinkin and not throwing up.but breathing hard


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Good to hear it turned out being nothing major! Thanks for following up. Kind regards.


Adriana 3 years ago

So i did end up taking my two dogs to the vet. The vet said they were perferctly fine. The only reason they were pooping like that because I had changed there food to fast. So he recommended me giving them lamb and rice dog food. I did and two days past and they are way better, they have no more red in there poop. I'm happy it was nothing seriously, just cause I changed there food to fast. I WILL NEVER DO THAT AGAIN, FOR SURE!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Consult with your vet. Many dogs get constipated after medical procedures due to fasting, the stress of recovery, moving less and eating less. Your vet may be able to prescribe something or suggest a remedy that is safe for your dog, best wishes!


ElEs 3 years ago

My dog had an emergency splenectomy on the 13th. He returned home from the hospital on the 15th and pooed, but has not gone since. It's now the 18th. He has been on some heavy duty pain medications and had only been eating small amounts of food until yesterday and today when his appetite seems to have returned. He is passing gas, but does not even make an effort to poo when he's outside. Should we be concerned yet?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Adriana, you should always see your vet for bloody stools. Because there are so many causes, you want to get it checked out. Stress, food changes may at times cause bloody stools, but because it can be caused by so many other causes that can be also serious, it's best to see a vet especially since both your dogs have this, best wishes!


adriana 3 years ago

I have two chi's. when they go they have red in there poop. but it is firm not liquidy, can that result in changing dog food brands?


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA Author

Wow, I think you should really seek a second opinion. Maybe more testing needs done. Did they do any x-rays? For starters, ask a vet some remedies to make sure you make those stools softer so they are easier to pass. The possibilities of something being wrong are quite vast from an enlarged prostate, a swollen inguinal gland, anal gland problems or an obstruction. Fact is, many causes can be treatable, so yes, ask other vets around until you find one that is eager to get to the root of the problem. Best wishes! Keep us updated if you find a cause so others in a similar situation can get some help, kind regards!


Iris62 3 years ago

Hi. I have a 13 yr old Lhaso Apso. For the past few years he cries everynight after dinner. He tries to go after his butt. He gets really loud and the pain seems horrible until I can get him to pass a stool. Once he does that he's fine. He has been to the vet a few times and they can't find a problem so the vet wants to put him down. That is not an option for me, he's my baby. What can I do for him?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

If your dog has vomited and had had diarrhea, then there is likely not much left to poop. If she is straining, like she wants to have a bowel movement and is not, then it could be a symptom of colitis. If your vet gave something to make her stools firm up then it may be acting causing the opposite problem. Most likely though, her lack of poop right now is due to being for the most part "empty" due to vomiting and diarrhea, some plain pumpkin with no spices may help get things moving again, best wishes!


Lilly 4 years ago

Forgot to mention that from yesterday evening to today she hasn't called #2d yet..


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Hi Lilly, some pups get an upset tummy when they are taken away from their mom and litter mates due to stress, but it can also be due to changing foods. If she has diarrhea and vomiting you may want to look on my hub for this, since the remedies on this page are for constipation:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...


Lilly 4 years ago

She has been having loose stools...when we took her to the vet they said everything was normal...sent us with amoxicilin and prescribed puppy chow...she has vommitted a few times but still eats and drinks...i just want to know if this is normal for new puppies being removed from their litters and if these remedies would be somewhat helpful? Thanx a bunch :)


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Your comment was somehow cut short, is your puppy constipated?


Lilly 4 years ago

Ok so we got a chi/mix puppy abiut a week and i half agi..waited a week to get her shots...she is very energetic and alert.but lately shes been experiencing


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

I am happy you found this hub on dog constipation helpful! Please see your vet if this continues and if your dog seems to be suffering, you say he stays in a hunched up position which makes me thing poor thing must be uncomfortable. Let me know if he gets better, dog constipation is not fun, best wishes!


Mary 4 years ago

Thanks so much for this post. I had a dog that got constipated often and when I tried to find a remedy all I could find on the internet and in the dog first aid book was how to treat diarrhea. I finally took him to the vet. The dog I have now doesn't seem to have as much of a problem, but I do occasionally notice him straining to do his business and taking quite a walk around the yard in his hunched position with little success. It's been years since I took the other one to the vet so I don't really remember everything I was told so this is extremely helpful information!


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Jessie, if your dog had a heavy infestation, it could be the dead worms are causing a partial blockage. Consult your vet if this continues or your dog starts acting differently than normal, best wishes


jessie 4 years ago

i wormed my dog thursday and was ok now breathing slightly heavy still eating and drinking going out and has pasted urine but only doing like rabbit droppings has been normal what should i do


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

At this point please see your vet; if your dog is lethargic and wanting to sleep and not eating there may be something serious going on.


rubi 4 years ago

My dog is not eating and not able to poop and all she want to do is sleep. What can I do..


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Milk can cause the opposite problem, plain pumpkin may be a better option.


Jocelyne 4 years ago

My dog sits there and cries but cant seem to poop. i cant afford to take him to the vet. what should i do? Some people tell me to give him milk , is that a good idea?


Summer 4 years ago

I have a 6yr old chihuahua female. She went blind in one week when she was 4,in sep 2011, she was diagnosed with nerve damage on her right side, which caused her to turn right circles. The vet prescribed her Prednisone 5mg, it helped her not to spin so much and helped her walk straight sometimes. A couple of days ago, maybe 5, she started not eating her hard dog food and started spinning circles alot more. My husband had prednisone prescribed to him a few mths ago (when he got sick) it was 20mg. We choped his into 5mg tablets and started giving them to her, and feeding her hot dogs (only soft thing we had at the time).Yesterday, we was able to pick her up some soft dog food. For the past five nights she's been waking us up around 2am whinning and wanting to get out the bed and sometimes jumping off the bed, we've been able to catch her most of the time :( . She sometimes has accidents in the house, expecially if we're gone all day. And, she hasn't been latley. Neither, one of us has been paying attention to she if shes pooped. This morning it worried us bad because she was whinning and scratching and trying to get off the bed even faster. We let her down she was spinning circles and running into the wall more than ever and whinning. We brought her outside to pottie she peed really fast and started straning to poop, she probably tried to poop for about 10mins. We got her back inside, watched her, she couldn't get comfortable and would kinda just lay where ever. Her belly was tight tight. She drank some water and like 15mins later peed but that was it. I started looking on the internet around 3 this morning for releief for her, while my husband went to wal mart. I gave her some milk and it didn't do anything. My husband got back, all wal mart had was childrens pedia-lax. We broke it up into a very small piece hoping it would work, put her some soft dog food down so she would eat the pill. She's been eating and drinking water just fine. We called the vet told him what was going on @5am and are meeting him at 8. She just fell asleep. What do you think is going on with my baby girl??? I'm also worried she's been not able to poop for about 5 or 4 days :( and I feel terraible :((((


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

The night prior to the surgery and the morning after your vet reminded you likely NPO. Add to that that your dog spent a day at the vet not eating, and upon coming home, many vets recommend NPO for a few hours and small meals to avoid an upset stomach. He may still have a bit of pain and very likely feels uncomfortable on his legs, keep an eye on him and possibly feed some pumpkin. If he is still not going consult with your vet as he may prescribe you something to help him out. Best wishes for a speedy recovery!


Cleo999 4 years ago

My male had TPLO surgery yesterday and he has not gone potty, yet, I was wondering it if could be he is suffering from constipation. I take him out and he just sniffs and wants to go back inside. He is on pain meds so I do not think he is in a lot of pain. He does not strain but does not seem like he wants to even try to go. I normally walk him but obviously ca't do that much know. Any ideas?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

If she is vomiting, there is less food in her stomach and therefore less stools. You should investigate the vomiting though if it continues since you gave a bone, there are chances there may be a partial obstruction.Sometimes bones cause stools to be dry and hard. Doesn't hurt to try the pumpkin but if vomiting continues see your vet, here is an article about intestinal blockages in dogs https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...


Shawna 4 years ago

Hi, My 8 month old Bichpoo Kaylee has latley been having very few poohs. Usually she has one in the early morning, sometimes one at lunch time andlways one before bed. In the past 3 maybe 4 days she has only been poohing maybe once a day. She doesn't struggle or try in the morning or at lunch. She will usually do it in the evening without a problem and it is a normal size. Also yesterday she threw up a white substance. Also yesterday I had given her a bone. Which I think she threw up. I took it away but still nothing has changed except the puking. She has also been peeing a little less too. She hasn't started any new foods or stopped eating her old food. Everything is normal but I don't know about her routine... is this normal? Should I try giving her pumkin?


miranda 4 years ago

I am one dog owner that has been adding pumpkin to my dog's diet for several months know. He gets constipated and it seems to help. I also give it to my other dog that gets his anal glands expressed and has not needed it because the pumpkin also firms up the stool. It is important to only use plain pumpkin, not the one for making pies. Read the label and make sure there are no spices added.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

It is best to ask your vet about this but I know several dog owners who regularly add it to their dog's diet.


mark 4 years ago

My dog was constipated and I used plain pumpkin and worked wonders. I was wondering if it is OK to feed every day? my dog is getting old and his intestines are slowing down per the vet's diagnosis


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Sometimes medications for dog diarrhea lead to the opposite problem, you can try plain pumpkin to treat dog constipation but your dog may need something more from your vet if your dog is in pain and uncomfortable, best wishes!


Jen 4 years ago

Hey, my 8 month old Lhasa apso recently had treatment for diahhrea, and was given paste that'd firm up his stools, he was seen 3 days ago. Since then he's only pooped once and it hurt him alot.

He's not pooped at all today. So we've stopped giving him the paste.

Do you think the pumpkin would be ideal in this case?

Only I don't want to fork out more cash for him to be given a prescribed stool softener lol.

Many thanks.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

If she does not look uncomfortable or acts sick it could be ok to monitor her for the rest of the day, try to walk her, make sure she eats and offer some plain pumpkin. If you are concerned though it does not hurt to see the vet, or give a call. Best wishes!


nicole 4 years ago

hello my name is Nicole i have a 3-4 year Chihuahua and she always poops fine then i took her out this morning to go potty and she was just trying but it did not look like she went we gave her a very little peanut butter last night and i don't know if this could be the cause of her problem she dont seem like she is in pain how long should i wait to see if she needs to go to the vet she still eats etc etc but i guess im asking how many more times of her not being able to poop should i do something its was only this one time but im such a good dog owner i worry about every thing lol


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Pumpkin may do the job, but if you want to do more you can consult with your vet for a high-fiber diet or try some other high-fiber food as in the article below:

http://www.ehow.com/facts_5776349_high-fiber-foods...


Jen 4 years ago

My 9 week old Min Pin has been eating, but STRAINS to eliminate. They are wide, and dry... so I'm wondering if that's the issue? We've been told that this breed has digestion problems, but I'm still going to get pumpkin. Anything else I should add to his diet so they aren't as dry and wide?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Let him finish up pooping but then clean him up or this may give him a hard time next time he needs to poop, it may help to trim the hair around the bum to prevent poop from tangling there. My article above has tips for constipated dogs, best wishes!


Kenny 4 years ago

And how do I stop the constipation


Kenny 4 years ago

What do I do if my dog is constipated but whenever he tries to poop it gets stuck on his butt.Shoud I wipe it off or let him get it off naturally.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Not overly worried, since when dogs have surgery they are often on an empty stomach for some time (you had to fast him from the night prior to surgery I am sure!). Also, did your vet prescribe pain meds? if he is in pain he may not feel like going out to potty.


kym 4 years ago

Hya. my dog has just had surgury on her leg, thursday just gone. she had a poo thursday night but hasent been since. should i be worried ????


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Your post sounds like a troll. Just as an FYI for anyone who allows their dogs to eat cat food, cat vomit or cat poop in general, it is too rich in protein for dogs and there are too many calories. This means a dog can get easily fat on it which predisposes to other disorders and conditions. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs. You should invest in covered litter boxes or make a cat door so your dog does not have access to the litter boxes.


Wally Vandervelden 4 years ago

I have eight cats and one very large year old Labrador named Tiffany. She enjoys the taste of cat food and recently I discovered that she truly loves to eat cat feces. It tastes just like cat food coming out the other end. It is a delicacy to her so rather than cleaning 8 separate litter boxes every week I just let the dog eat all the catshit she wants. She loves me for it. She jumps up on the bed when she's finished and licks my face with delight. My psychiatrist stopped seeing me and my husband thinks my clock runs backwards. Does anyone find this behavior odd?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for sharing, it may help others dealing with dog constipation.


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ChiChiPitts88 4 years ago from Pittsburgh

OMG I tried everything for my dog’s constipation – pumpkin, olive oil, etc and the only thing that finally relieved it was changing his food. My vet recommended getting him off grains and onto a food called Alpha with a prebiotic supplement in it – which really seemed to get his bowels moving again – YAY! It makes sense – the same thing that helps people helps dogs too.


kristen 4 years ago

I have two puppys and out of the blue tonight they both started acting funny tucking there tails and licking there butts I don't know what to do.... lab mix.... same food they have been feed the hole time.


Nicole 4 years ago

No I haven't but I will and we can not afford a vet trip


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

She really should be checked out by the vet if this is a recurring problem, have you tried plain pumpkin?


Nicole 4 years ago

I have a 6 year old cockapooh and for the past few months she has been having pooh problems every week or so. She sits with her feet all together and she shakes. She has never threw up but when she tries to pooh nothing comes out. It usally passes after a few hours but it has been happening more and more, what should I do? I take her for walks when she is sick and it helps a bit, we can not afford a vet vist. Please help


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

If he had pancreatitis he very likely was vomiting a lot which left him on an empty stomach for quite some time. If he just started eating today or yesterday it could be there is not enough food yet to produce a bowel movement. Some pets when they are recovering and stay in the hospital get stressed and this may also be a contributing factor. I would call the vet and ask his/her opinion since they know best what his treatment entailed. If he is active and alert this is a good sign but if the hard part concerns you definitively let them know.. Here is an article about pancreatitis:


Kris 4 years ago

My dog just got back from the vet a few days ago, he had Pancreatitis and had to stay over night with an iv in him, and didn't eat for about a day and a half after we brought him in. We took him home and he was fine. I did noticed that he hasn't had a bowel movement in at least 2-3 days now. He is still eating food and drinking water. And today i noticed that his lower stomach was a little hard. I thought it might be constipation or a blockage, but he had xrays and an ultrasound ( not sure if they were looking for a blockage, so im not sure if that guarantees he doesn't have one.) What would you recommend?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Did you already try plain canned pumpkin? When a dog stops eating, this is a time to see the vet. You say his belly is also hard. Your vet may do x-rays and prescribe you something to help him out He may not look in pain but he sure must be in discomfort and feeling ill not to eat, best wishes!


jon 4 years ago

hi. you are very kind for all this advice, thankyou.

my prob is our cattle dog has been struggling to go for a couple days now.. this has happened before but she comes good. but not this time. she does not whine or anything, even when i press hard on stomach. i inserted finger with oil, felt nothing. she didn't mind. if i squeeze her belly it feels like a tube of solid. after i do this she trys to go but cant. it is 3 days since noticing. she only stopped eating last night but is still drinking water.how long do you give her before going to vet?

appreciate any and all help.


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Could be an intestinal blockage or constipation or some other internal problem that may need addressed by a vet. Since she is in so much pain, please take her to your vet, best wishes


marsha 4 years ago

my little shi szu trembles whenever i try to as much as even touch her and i can not pick her up she is in so much pain this happened once before for a couple days and then went away she is eating and drinking some but i haven't seen her have any bowel move,ent what could this be


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Lily, a vet visit would be important in this case, as there can be several conditions causing this. In colitis, for instance, the dog may have repeated soft/diarrhea and then keeps on feeling the need to evacuate, a condition known as ''tenesmus''. However, bloody stools may indicate several conditions and since she eats sticks, this can create trouble as parts pass through, or worse, fail to pass through. Here are two helpful hubs; best wishes!

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Causes-of-blood-in-a-d...


Lily 4 years ago

I have a 5 month old mini schnauzer and she is having bowel movements that are soft. When she goes out she will have her bowel movement but then tries to go several more times and nothing comes out. I have noticed a little blood in her stools. I also noticed she will eat sticks, acorns and such and wondered if this is the cause. What should I do...or how concerned should I be with running her to a vet?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Generally, 2 tablespoons twice daily per 10lbs body weight of canned plain pumpkin (not the pie filling with spices) will do as suggested by DVM Dr. Fiona in the reference link below:

http://www.justanswer.com/dog-health/1s3jw-dog-con...


Sidney 4 years ago

You say to put pumpkin on the food, but how often?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

When dogs strain to poop and there is vomiting an intestinal blockage may be a culprit. This is likely in dog that tend to swallow items. However, if the dog has repeated diarrhea and still strains this may be ''tenesmus'' something often seen with colitis, here is a link:

http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...

Other chances are irritations in the anal regions, parasites, and obviously constipation..

May be worth a vet visit in both cases if this continues, best wishes


Gabby 4 years ago

I have a 5 yr old pit/lab. He poops normal, but then is in the position for a long time with nothing coming out. He moves around the yard/area and crouches still nothing. This has been happening for 2 days. The vet had recently given me worm meds. I forgot to give them, but started this morning. Any other suggestions? The vet is also thinking he may have thyroid issues, due to him loosing hair on his tail. Its growing back and looking good, now that the vet has me giving him Omega III. He has only been on the Omega about a week. Thanks


Blue eyes 4 years ago

hi I have a pom and he is 8 years old,today I woke up seeing him laying down he throw up in his room and he waz covered with throw up so I cleaned him he tried to poo but nothing came up he keep trying and trying but still nothing now its been 5 hours and i put him outside and he keep trying and still nothing so I had to clean him again because he is covered with poo again (near his tail) so I don't know what the problem is plz help I'm scared


caren 4 years ago

hi my jack russell is acting very depressed and down and this morning she tried to poop but couldn't and she isn't eating bread or much at all and she is quite fat so please help!!!


Tori 4 years ago

My 5 yr old English Bulldoggie has been constipated off an on since we moved. I have noticed him straining and I trying to go often. Only little hard nuggets seem to come out. He weighs about 70lbs and is eating and drinking fine. After trying to push about 5 times each time he goes out he will vomit mucous or bile/ mucous combo. We have stopped giving him treats and called the vet he said the pumpkin (which my dog doesn't like) he said stool softners and a fleets enema. Nothing has worked, he is still getting out nuggets but nothing more. I am just worried about him. We use Biljac for his food because it dissolves good and sinks instead of floating in his stomach. He doesn't eat rawhide or any rawhide products due to his breed. I am unemployed I just want to help him without going to the vet. I am not sure what else I can do. I rub his tummy in a downward motion and let him go out often His belly still has the hourglass shape and he runs and plays still. I am just not sure why he is not defecating without straining?? Any ideas? Thanks


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Kela, since your dog has heart problems I would have him seen by the vet if you are seeing a bulged belly, at times this can be due to ''ascites'' where fluid accumulates in the abdomen. There may be obviously other causes for the bulging, but since he has these medical conditions, better have him checked out. If you are adding canned food it is normal for him to need to go potty more, but I think it would be better to consult with your vet for the most proper diet. Some foods contain too much salt, especially the super market brands and this is not good for dogs with heart problems. there are vet diets specifically made for dogs with heart problems. best wishes!


Kela 4 years ago

Ok so I have a 4 lb 12 year old Pom. He's getting older and has been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. He's taking a diuretic 2 x per day and a BP medicine 1 x per day to try to remove fluid from his heart and lungs. We found out about it in Nov and the weight came right off. He's always weighed anywhere from 4-5 lbs but lately has dropped to 3lbs and is eating less, drinking much more and still playful. Worried about the weight loss I added some canned food to his usual diet of Nutra Senior dog food. He is eating it but has a pretty big belly bulge and seems to want to go poop a lot more. I can't tell if he is able to go everytime he tries or not but am worried about the effects of the canned food and how it is effecting his little system. He's NEVER been fed canned food on a regular basis but as of late won't eat the dry without mixing the canned with it. Help!


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

You can try to feed the plain canned pumpkin as explained above but to be honest, I would not recommend trying home remedies for the symptoms you are seeing because it could be many things. Adrenal gland problems, parasites, tumors, heart disease, heartworm infection, ascites and liver disease are just a few possible serious causes you may want to rule out with a vet.


Rita 4 years ago

My pug has gotten chunky and she normally is skinny also her attitude has changed, she cant get up the stairs and she hasn't poop in like 3 days, what should i do!?


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alexadry 4 years ago from USA Author

Anthony, I think your dog should see the vet if you believe he may have eaten something, there are chances he may have a bowel obstruction, you can read more here:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...


anthony 4 years ago

So my dog woke up nd prbly ate something he wasn't suppose to he uses the bathroom a lil then sits there like he's trying to push the rest out he won't eat the dry food but eats the can foodnd he threw up this morning but haven't since but hs still strains nd moping around a lol Wat should I do ?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Anna, if you are feeding softened kibble you are defeating the purpose of dry, crunchy food known to help keep teeth in good health. If you must feed it moistened due to her being finicky, make sure she has access to good dental chews.

Dogs are normally eager to eat, and since she is also lethargic, a vet visit is warranted. I can't say if it is too long to wait since we don't know what is going on, to play it safe, it would be a good idea to anticipate her visit.


anna 5 years ago

My female lab/border collie cross was spayed a week ago and has been eating and drinking fine until today.

I feed her dry dog food softened with boiling water and milk.

Today she won't eat or drink. even if i give her table scraps she just holds them in her mouth for a while and then spits them out and wont eat them.

Is her diet ok in general?

As well as not eating or drinking she seems lethargic.

I have to take her back to the vets to have her stitches removed in 3 days, will that be too long to wait?

I can't give her pumpkin as she won't eat anything.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Nichole, you can try canned pumpkin with no spices added and see if this helps.Try walking her. But if your dog is acting out of character or sick have her seen.


Laura 5 years ago

Thank-you for your advice :)


nichole 5 years ago

what should i do if my dog doesn't poop but she pee after a couple of hours? is she constipated? do canned pumpkin help?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

It is hard to say. Do you feed him bones, does he eat sticks, or does he have a habit of eating foreign objects? At times, these may create problems passing through. I would have a vet check his anal glands as at times these get inflamed making the area sensitive. Anyhow, since you say he is sleeping all morning and this appears to be not his usual behavior, to be safe I would have him seen by the vet, best wishes!


Laura 5 years ago

Hello,

Thanks for all this useful information. I have a 5 month old miniature poodle who seems really constipated. This morning he strained, and strained, and strained. I tried taking him for a walk but he kept stopping to strain more so we didn't get very far. I stayed outside with him for over an hour. Eventually I took him inside, and he kept straining. I fed him a couple of tablespoons of wellness canned puppy food with half a teaspoon of olive oil. He ate about half of it and eventually passed soft (but intact, not diarrhoea) stool. He's been sleeping all morning and I don't think he's better yet. He is very sensitive around the anal area as I tried to clean him off once he started going and I can tell its sensitive. Do you have any opinion on whether this might be more serious than simple constipation?

Thanks,

Laura.


dedric stringer 5 years ago

Just took the puppy from her mother she eats fine and pees. But she hasn't had a movement since we had her which is two days.


Becky 5 years ago

Hi, I hope you can help me ease my mind this evening. My female dog, Ivy, is acting very odd. She is not herself at all! This morning I walked her and she did not poop, this evening she did not poop. She seems to want to go bec she does her little turns and acts as if she wants to go b squatting a bit, but nothing comes out. She seems tired, but is still eating and drinking fine. She seemed to pee more tonight during our walk and licks herself a lot. I am concerned bec I know sometimes I do catch her eating stuff outside... as much as I try to watch her, I may have to walk her with a muzzle (which, I don't like). Oh and she has also been sitting sporadically during our walks as if she gets tired.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Orijen is one of the best foods out there actually I would consider it ''the best dog food per excellence''. Because senior dogs are prone to constipation, senior dog foods are generally higher in fiber. Generally vets may suggest switching to a senior food in breeds like terriers at around 10 years old. But of course, there are variants on this. I would mention the symptoms you are seeing to your vet to rule out first other possible causes other than nutritional. Here is a guide on senior dog diets, best of wishes!

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=...


Pete 5 years ago

Hi, my parsons terrier is constipated, poops a couple of small nuggets then strains a bit later and a couple drops of liquid come out. He is 12 and I feed him Origen dog food, but I'm wondering if I should switch to senior dog food even though Jacky's/parsons are youthful longer than most dogs.


Scooter 5 years ago

Thought I hopefully can end the story.

Scooter vomited early this morning and 4-5 large pieces of material came out and also the metal hinges. I am very relieved. he had his breakfast and is fine. he is continuing to expell material via rectum but that is smaller. I hope all will be fine now.

I thank you again.


scooter 5 years ago

Thank you for your comment. it is really nice to have someone to write to.

Scooter went to the vet today and had an xray which showed no obstruction but part of the metal hinges are still in the stomach,so now we have to give him more food and more pumpkin so it will enter the bowel and come out.If not it will be an endoscopy but he reacts badly to anaestetics,so we hope this will do.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

If you saw pieces in the poop that is a good sign, but still keep an eye on him as it may not be all. Pumpkin may help as it has fiber and bread may wrap around the items ingested helping them pass..monitor closely for signs of an obstruction, here is a helpful hub for future reference:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...


scooter 5 years ago

He has pooped,apparently 3 times at once and this was mostly pieces of my underwear and 3 of the metal hinges.He seems to be ok although he is more quiet than usual. Would it be ok to help him along by giving him some pumpkin?


scooter 5 years ago

my male cairn 11 years old ate the bottom of my bodysuit with a minipad 3 days ago and the crotch also had some small metal hinges. It is all gone.he has never done that before,never eaten clothes and is a slow methodical eater.I can't imagine he did this but he did. What to do? i am monitoring him and according to me he hasn't pooped for 2 days. I hear his bowel juices rumble.he still wants food but has become more quiet and resting more.i have squeezed his tummy with no reaction.ofcourse we have a long weekend here with one day to go.i am worried and will take him to the vet tomorrow.

Any thoughts?


Jack Russel 5 years ago

Thank you for replying, what you mentioned makes sense now, helps me understand him better... if only they could talk


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Definitively sounds like something that needs investigated by the vet. The slipping tongue thing you see is due to nausea, before vomiting dogs tend to salivate more. I am afraid of some sort of blockage is going on, your vet may need to do x-rays, best wishes.


Jack Russel 5 years ago

Hi, I have a 12 year old jack russel, a few weeks ago he use to vommit in the house but had no problem going to the loo. Before he vommits, I noticed he looks unease, starts slipping his tongue like how a snake does before vommiting. Yesterday he was totally upset, didn't eat or drink water and was straining himself the whole day tryin to make number 2 with no results.


Debbie 5 years ago

My Shih Tzu is eating and drinking fine, doing the normal stuff. Had her anal glands expressed about 3 weeks ago and was on antibiotics for a possible infection. However she may not be pooping, she doesn't like to be watched so may be going in the back of the garden. But if she had a blockage wouldn't she be sick or something. She has also just come off heat.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Since dogs before surgery are not fed the morning of and since they are often wobbly after the anesthesia and feeling a bit ''off'' I would say it is quite normal not to be defecating the same day. I would expect though bowel movements to resume at least within 48 hours. Does he look in pain? I would give your vet a call, he may prescribe a laxative if need be and pain meds if he is uncomfortable. How old is your dog? young dogs recover quite quickly, whereas older dogs may take more time, best wishes for a speedy recovery.


Becky.c 5 years ago

Hi my dog has just been for castration a few days ago, he's eating absolutely fine, hesitant at drinking but will take from a feeding syringe, but he doesn't seem to have any bowel movement. Do u think was because of op and will pass soon?


c dog 5 years ago

my yorkie /pom, was hit by a car , broken pelvis in 3 places , he has not pooped in 4 .5 days .I did try the pumkin , he is so picky though. I might have got him to eat a teaspoon at most. wait and see I guess. Any other suggestions? I think he might be scared to poop.


T.DOG 5 years ago

Oh and another thing to add to my previous comment is that when he is lying down, it seems like he is having hiccups or something like that..

Please help, i really don't know what to do :(


T.DOG 5 years ago

My dog is 9 years old and is usually a really happy dog. But last night he was just lying down and didn't move. I think he is overweight since he is pretty fat and he wasn't eating much, which is unusual for him. He drinks a little bit of water but not much at all. He does number two's sometimes, but they come out an orange colour which is weird. He shows signs of Lethargy and can barely walk. When i found him lying down, i helped him up onto his legs (carried him up) he could stand, but seemed really tired and weak. He then took a few steps to the garage door (he was in the garage) and then when he was walking back to me, he suddenly just fell and lied down. before i left him for the night, he started to eat a little and ate a chicken drumstick, including the bone.

What do you think i should do? Do you think its "his time"?

Oh and my mum doesn't want to bring him to the vet because he says its too expensive, so i would only go there as a last resort.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Try the canned pumpkin (not the pie version with spices added just plain pumpkin) as per my article's instructions. Walk your dog a lot. If she starts vomiting, acting odd have her seen by a vet, best wishes!


charlie 5 years ago

My dog is having troubles going poop. she started with diarrea and then a few days later had a hard time pooping. shes trying very hard but still cant go. any advice?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

I hope he is better by now, but if this is still occurring I would recommend a vet visit. Also, not sure why this pup is away from mother and litter mates so young, a pup should go to a new home only once minimum 8 weeks, otherwise it will miss important social and life skills.


Marsha76 5 years ago

I have a 6wk old pup I was giving him the smooshy can dog food so everytime he had a bm it was runny so I went n not thinking got that dog food that comes in a box individualy wrapped they look like worms the hamburger n cheese flavor and when he ate it the next day his tail is staying like a hump but tucked he straines n no poop but hell have a very very small amount tryin to come out like its almost oozin n just sits there n she is bloated is it the dog food n what should I do??


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Limber tail can be painful so that may be making your dog uncomfortable to go potty. You can try adding a bit of canned pumpkin (not the pie version with spices added) to his food. Walking him may also help get things moving,if it continues see your vet, best wishes.


gj 5 years ago

wow all these comments im reading... go to the vet its that simple....


Virginia 5 years ago

My dog has 'limber tail' and is recovering, but is definitly constipated since this started. Is this normal? He is drinking more water than normal too. For the first few days of the limber tail I gave him Bufferin that a vet said was okay to give, and was giving those to him for about four days, with little bricks of cheese ( very small amounts). I have not given him the bufferin or cheese for the last two days, but he is having problems having a bowel movement. Any insight?

Thank you


tamsinstead 5 years ago

Thanks for your reply alexadry. All three of them lounge around! But soon as the gate's opened they're off like a shot :D He's eating very well, if I mash can of mackerel/sardines into his high protein kibble, and he drinks water. Nose still wey and gums still pink. He had a stronger pull on his lead this am, but after a while (and a poop) kept sitting down for rest breaks. And looks forward to getting home (I don't take him/them far at the moment.

I remembered he'd thrown up violently some bright green stuff, hanging from his muzzle and all, (iewww) several days ago. They'll eat anything, but if it were poisoning (not unusual here), surely he'd be better now, appetite back and all. Heart problem?

If he's the same tomorrow, I'll have to somehow get him to a vet. Can't drive (broken arm), and there're a LOT of feral dogs on route :( Ah well. Thanks again.


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selma14 5 years ago

thank you !


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Rubbing some pancake syrup on her gums may give her a little boost of energy. You may have to force feed her with a syringe without the needle or even a turkey baster filled up with baby meat-based food liquefied with some warm water. Insert it between the outer surfaces of her molars and her cheek. Give only a few teaspoons of food every 2 to 3 hours. Follow the guidelines on how to do this in this article:

http://www.cairnrescue.com/docs/AfterTreatmentCare...

Because she had diarrhea and had not eaten, it is normal for her to not have any bowel movements, since there is not much there. Once she starts eating, bowel movements should resume.

I would have her seen by a vet though. It seems like the vaccine caused her these complications and she is still not feeling well.


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selma14 5 years ago

I have an 8 week old shorkie who weighs 1.3 pounds

all last week after receiving her shots she had diarreah all week.

Thursday I noticed she was acting strange, very listless,would not eat anything, and didn't want to get up to do anything.

I later noticed she was having convulsions so I rushed her to the vet who said she was low in glucose and was hypoglycemic.

Since thursday my puppy does not want to eat anything, I have tried smushed up dry dog food, multiple types of canned food, Nutri-cal, and even baby food.

Im not sure what to do anymore, she hasn't made a bowel movement for 3 days, doesn't even try, and refuses to eat.

Do you have any suggestions?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

tamsinstead, I would have him seen by a vet is he lounging around and has trouble walking. best wishes


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

James, pumpkin will not hurt, some commercial dog foods indeed have pumpkin among other ingredients. Just make sure it is plain pumpkin not the one with the spices added. Asking your vet about it however is your best option as all dogs react to foods differently.


tamsinstead 5 years ago

I'm grateful to have found this page. I have three dogs, one of which (cross greyhound/lab) has a problem exercising for the past couple of days. He usually loves a long run and is pretty nippy when it comes to rats around my house :)

But today manages just a few steps and then lies down for a while. I brought him home of course. He's 5 years old. His nose is wet and gums pink. I really can't see him 'straining' as they all run off into the jungle for a poo.

I'd changed their diet to a high quality dry one as my Ma Thai had had ataxia, which has now disappeared. There's always plenty of water around. I've just rushed off to local market and boiled up some pumpkin {cheap here} and mixed it up with his favourite, canned mackerel in tomato sauce. He woofed down the lot. So hopefully this'll do the trick. The locals always laugh if I buy 'barbecued' boiled eggs and make a sign with their two fingers as if walking slowly (egg bound :D ), so diet to do with inability to walk well?


James 5 years ago

My Mini Schnauzer Is Constipated...I'm Planning On Getting Canned Pumpkin For Him, I Was Wondering If I Can Only Give Him The Canned Pumpkin Only When He Is Constipated Or Can I Implement It In To His Diet?


daphne 5 years ago

my dog is sick


Samantha 5 years ago

Hello, my 4 month old cockapoo wakes us up every morning at around 4 to go to outside and this morning he did as usual, when my boyfriend brought him out, he tried to have a bowel movement for about five minutes and starting whining and crying because he couldn't. When he came inside, he rubbed his back end all over the floor and finally a small piece of feces came out which was a bit harder than the following pile that he had which was quite soft. I'm really paranoid and I'm just wondering if after all this, I should still bring him in? Thanks so much if someone has an answer for me!!!


Karla 5 years ago

I have a female shih tzu(about 10 years old). She was feeling fine then a few days ago she started acting different, she eat and drinks as normal but she moves her food bowl around a lot, and she lays around more than normal. I gave her a bath and she was fine until I went to dry her off on her tummy and between her back legs. I don't know if she constipated or has an infection of some kind, I know shes in heat and she's been humping my other 2 females like crazy so I'm not sure if shes hurt herself by doing that. Could someone please give me some advise on what this could be? I would really appreciate it


Veronica 5 years ago

I took him to the vet and come to find out he has back problems and that is the reason for constipation :( Is so hard to see him in so much pain and not being able to do anything for him. He got some antiflammatory pills but they dont seem to help. Thanks for your advice though.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

My article above offers a plethora of remedies for constipation have you read it? The shaking should really be checked out. You can try to put some pancake syrup on his gums to give a burst of energy in case his glucose levels are low. Hope he gets better soon!


Veronica 5 years ago

I have 4 year old daschaund, he is always very active. It has been 1 day that he has not gone poop but has also started shaking. I'm assuming he is in pain. there is no vomiting and he continues to eat and drink water fine. He stopped jumping from the bed and going up as well. Is there something I can do for him? I feel bad because I don't have money to take him to the vet until Thursday. The shaking part worries me too.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Yes, sounds time to see the vet if he won't eat.


mike 5 years ago

The puppy is the ront and the mom stopped feeding them and he won't eat any food hard or soft


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Mike, any chances he may have gotten into any foreign objects? Also, at 7 weeks the puppy should not be on puppy formula (milk replacement) but on a good puppy chow mushed with some water to soften it. What was the breeder feeding him? he should continue on the same food to prevent upset stomach. I think this guy needs a vet visit since he is so young.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Bella, usually items are passed within 48-72 hours of ingesting them so by now it should have passed. As mentioned, the peculiar shape may be allowing stools to pass through but it may be stuck there somewhere if you are sure it did not pass. Think of the intestinal tract like a tube ''o'' and this ''c'' shaped item aligned with ''0'' allowing the stools to still pass normally. I am only making supposition as to why she is not acting sick. If it is sitting there stuck, I find it difficult for food to allow it to pass at this point.


mike 5 years ago

I have a 7 weekold pitbull I started feeding him puppy formula but I noticed that he hasn't pooped and he has been throwing up what should I do


BELLA 5 years ago

From all I have read on this page and others you should give her some pumpkin (pure canned pumpkin) mix it with her food.


Karina 5 years ago

I have a puppy who is extremley active and loves to eat.She goes to the bathroom 3-4 a day. But yesturday she didn't eat as usual nor was she active. And she hasn't gone to the bathroom at all.Today now shes breathing weird. Im pretty sure shes contipated. But the vetenerian is close today . I dont know what to do. Can someone help me ?


BELLA 5 years ago

Thanks for getting back 2 me so soon. I started giving her pumpkin on friday. So, far nothing has change. I dont examine her stools but I do look at it when I pick it up. I haven't seen any signs of it. I figure because of da size I would see it right away. How many days before da pumpkin should start working and how long do puppys usual take 2 pass stuff like that? She is still eating, drinking, playing and going without a problem.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Perhaps she chewed it up before swallowing it? From the shape it sounds like something that could cause problems with your dog being small, but some dogs pass incredible things with no problems, did you examine her stools for the headband?

I would assume by now you would have seen problems already, however, the peculiar shape of this item may still allow stool to pass by it depending on how it would position itself in the colon. Bulky meals such as bread, mashed potatoes made with water or canned pumpkin may help things pass, but by now I think their use would not be much effective, but being harmless, it can be worth a try. It sounds like she is doing well, keep an eye on her for vomiting, abdominal pain, straining for stools, suggesting a partial or complete obstruction, unfortunately, the only way to know for sure is by having x-rays done. So it is your call, watch her carefully and have seen as soon as you notice any signs of problems or getting x-rays for peace of mind. I would go this route, x-rays are not tremendously expensive, try to shop around. Best wishes!


BELLA 5 years ago

BTW, I rub her belly and she lets me. No crying,whiny or yelping. Its like it never happened but it did cause I saw it and tryed 2 stop her but I could'nt :(. Please tell me my baby is going 2 be fine...


BELLA 5 years ago

Hi,tuesday my 4mth old shih-ztu (5-6pds) swallowed my daughters barbie doll headband (for da dolls head)Its a hard plastic sharp like da letter c or u. She is eating and having bowel movements just fine and normal. Still playing, drinking and doesn't look to be in destress when having bm. Do u think she will pass this toy? Today is sat, still acting n eating normal. Still going 3x's a day. I called da vet who of course said bring her in 4 a xray but truthfully can't afford one at da moment. Is there anything I can do 2 help her pass this toy?? Should I look out 4 certain signs that something changed?? What if she doesn't pass this?? Thank You


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Sorry to hear that!I would keep the food in a shallow dish and allow the puppy to eat until it shows no more interest in eating, here are some helpful links:

http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2108&a...

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/weaning-puppies/page1...


Brittney 5 years ago

her mom and brother and sisters died. i have started feeding her puppy chow mushed in milk every four hours just didn't know how much she should be eating.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The amount you feed depends on the specific type of food you feed, the more fillers in the food, the more you must feed, the more high quality the food generally the less you feed. Read the food labels. Invest in a premium puppy chow, turned into mush by adding tepid puppy milk replacement and served lukewarm. You should use the same food the breeder gave since a sudden diet change may lead to diarrhea. She should be fed every two-three hours. However I am not sure why you have a puppy this young? A puppy must stay with its litter mates and mom until at least 8 weeks to learn important life lessons such as bite inhibition.


Brittney 5 years ago

My pug pup is five and a half weeks old how much food should be feeding her. and how many hours a part?


Judy 5 years ago

I have an 11 year old great dane and everytime he stands up from a laying position he poops a round turd. Everytime!!! He has never done this before and it has been goin on for 4 days now


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Hopefully she got out of her system what was troubling her, it sounds like she is doing better, if she is active, no longer bloated then you can monitor carefully and perhaps try a bland diet for a few days, here is a hub about bland diets;

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...


Daisy 5 years ago

Hi alexadry,

Thank you for your reply, she vomited last night after I wrote my message and

Then this morning I noticed diaorreah in the yard so I was pretty worried. However

Tonight she seems back to normal and no bloated belly. is still best to be on the safe side and take her to see the vet anyway?...


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Daisy, I have been out volunteering for the shelter all day, so I am sorry if my reply comes late. I hope she got better by now, but I would be concerned about bloat, and since she is a deep chested breed this can be a possibility, please have her seen if she is still not doing well.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Mike, Plain pumpkin will not harm as long as it is the plain version with no spices added. It is a great source of fiber and some owners give it on a daily basis if it helps them in fighting constipation.


Daisy 5 years ago

Just wondering If you can offer any suggestions?... My dog is a bulldog and 4 years old. She is generally in good health however today I've noticed her experiencing issues going to the toilet and she has extreme case of gas- bad smelling farts and burps. Her belly is swollen too. She is still drinking water and ate dinner and on her run tonight ran around like normal... Should I be concerned about bloated belly and smelly farts? She doesn't seem to be in pain, but at the same time seems a bit uncomfortable as she moves everytime age farts unless she just doesn't like the smell either! Can anyone offer suggestions?


Mike 5 years ago

Is it safe for a Toy Poodle to eat a teaspoon of pure pumpkin? Is it safe for all dogs on a daily basis?


Brittney 5 years ago

Ok thanks for the advice.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Is its belly hard or distended? Does she seem in discomfort? Make sure you are massaging her rectum several times a day..if her mom was there, she would be washing her many times during the day. You can try to give 1/2 a teaspoon of 100% canned plain pumpkin (not the sweetened/spiced pie mix) OR a tiny spoonful of vegetable oil added to the food, however I still recommend a vet visit especially if she is showing signs of discomfort. Best wishes!


Brittney 5 years ago

Thats what we were doin with the wet rag. but she has all the sudden stopped wanting to go. so we think she may be stopped up is there anything that we can do for her before taking her to the vet?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

It is so great you are helping out this little fellow! Try to pass a soft warm wet rag on the bum and genitals, you basically have to mimic what mom would have done with her tongue...this may stimulate the pup to go if it does not work have her seen by the vet as she may need an enema.. my very best wishes!


Brittney 5 years ago

I have a 3 wk old pug pup her mom is no longer around so we are bottle feeding her. she is eating great and urinates just fine but is not have bowel movements. what can i use to help her that wont hurt her since she is still so little?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

You can try the plain canned pumpkin as listed in the article above, but take him to the vet if any other symptoms arise. His whimpering is suggesting he is pain, so a vet visit would be the best approach. He may need an enema, the stools removed digitally from the vet or prescription medication if you are dealing with a severe case of constipation. Please make sure the rectal area is free of hair.


Melissa 5 years ago

I have a 10 month old Malti-poo. Every time he goes outside he positions himself to poop but he doesn't do anything. A few times he has whimpered. It seems like constipation but I don't think he has eaten anything out of the norm. Should we take him to the vet? Or is there something we could feed him? Please help! Thank you!


Dereck 5 years ago

Thanks,i'll try the milk since i have that on hand. i just want to make sure that he can still have bowel movements and that he doesn't have a blockage in his intestines.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

This is really a mystery! you can try the plain pumpkin remedy offered in my article above, give it a try and walk him a lot.. milk may help too but you may get diarrhea instead..


Dereck 5 years ago

Hi, well i take him out every now and then but when i do he only pees. i dont think he is eating his poop because the patio is clean and he only goes into the backyard to pee. i have seen no signs of feces anywhere either. its there anything that i can give him that will at least assure me that he can still poop? and that its not a blockage? thanks for the fast reply also :) and i dont want to see a vet because it seems to expensive and he seems normal.


Asuradech 5 years ago

Thank you so much.

My dog's happy now. :)


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Dereck, I find it hard to believe your dog has not gone in four weeks and is still doing fine!.. since he is in a new home, he may have found a new place to go potty, check under the beds, tables, corners. If he lives in the patio, he may have started eating his own feces.. this is disgusting but highly possible..


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Brian, I have supplied all the remedies I know of in the article above..my concern is if he has an obstruction and only liquid feces make it through, I am sorry but there is nothing else than can be tried at home. Are you absolutely sure he has not gone at all in four days? If his bottom is dirty could it be he had diarrhea somewhere you have not noticed? If this is the case, you may be dealing with a totally different problem: ''tenesmus''


Dereck 5 years ago

Hi, I have a 5 year old German shepherd who just won't take a dump! We moved into a new house 4 weeks ago but he hasn't pooped since and normally he would poop everyday. I dont know what to do! He has ben locked up in a small patio and i take him out to pee every 3 hours and that is the only thing he does. Pee.


brian 5 years ago

we have a 6 yr. old white shepard. he has not went poop in 4 days. he keeps trying, and hunching up his back and straining bad. but nothing comes out. its like the urge just hits him just like that, but nothing. he eats fine and drinks fine. his tail and bottom area is all brown like he had diarrea bad. we try to get him on walks, but he is about 180 pounds and sort of lazy. have no money to take to vet. do you have any ideas.


Amanda 5 years ago

Wonderful. Thank you so much for your advice. I had not heard of this before, but I will be looking more into it...and a different vet!


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Yes, this does not sound normal and stating that the breed is vocal does not make sense.Sounds like she is suffering from dyschezia-medical term for painful defecation. Have you tried the pumpkin? I know you are looking for permanent fixes, but people that suffer from constipation are often forced to live on plum juice and bran, for softer stools. Have your vets checked for anal sac abscesses or inflammation? Possible pelvic injuries? This link may be helpful if you have not visited it yet,http://www.petplace.com/dogs/dyschezia-in-dogs-pai...


Amanda 5 years ago

Still haven't heard any feedback on Aurora. Any advice for more long-term remedies?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

The article above offers a variety of dog constipation remedies, please take a look, have her seen tough if she is walking oddly, there may be something else going on..


Maria Lucas 5 years ago

My Shitzu is constipated and he is walking really funny I just back into town and my son told me he has been like this all weekend I just spent all my money on a trip I had to take so I can't take him to the vet until payday (friday) is there anything I can do at home until I can take him in?


Amanda 5 years ago

a few things I forgot to add on to Aurora from above: She does not chew on odd things; there has been a little blood in her stoolin the past, but only a few times; she had heart worm when she was younger before I had her, but does not have it anymore; I have gotten her anal glands expressed a while ago, but the vet said that they were soft enough that I would most likely not need to get them expressed again. Thanks again for any help you can give!


Amanda 5 years ago

Hello,

My medium-sized (35lbs) 2.5 year old husky mix, Aurora, has problems passing stool. Aurora was a rescue dog and I adopted her 1.5 years ago. When she poops, she cries/yelps. It is usually on the firm side of normal. She poops about once every 2-3 days. She does not ever have much of an appetite. It takes a while for us to get her to eat her food. We praise her a lot when she does and give her a treat after she is done. Sometimes she does not even want the treat. We have tried a few different kinds of dog food and dog treats. We have brought her to the vet numerous times for this. They once gave us laxative for her, which helped while she took it, but back to hard after it was gone. And she still cried a little at the beginning of the passing even when it was real soft. We tried our own remedies such as walking numerous times a day, water in the dry food, soft food in the dry food, vegetable oil in the dry food, yogurt, carrots, miralax...? I will be trying the pumpkin, but I dont want just a temporary fix. We have brought her to a different vet after the first one, and they said it is just in her breed to be vocal. And another vet that flushed her out and did an x-ray. They said maybe an "odd-shaped colon", but they would have to do "exploratory surgery" to figure out more. THen they did another x-ray and said it looked less abnormal after she was completely flushed out but still said they weren't sure. She has had this problem for as long as I have had her, but yesterday it was worse. Yesterday it was the firmest I have felt. She yelped throughout the entire passing. I LOVE my dog and I dont think this is normal. She means the world to me. Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks so much.


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

White rice is good to help settle vomiting and diarrhea, but if you are dealing with constipation it will make it worse! You can try the canned pumpkin (without spices added) but have him seen ASAP if he appears lethargic or ill, these may also be signs of intestinal obstruction since you mention he tends to get into stuff, ie pine cones...here is my hub on intestinal obstructions:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...

Best wishes!


Dan 5 years ago

Hello,

I read you're article but I'm not exactly sure if it fits in my scenerio. I have a year old husky/blood hound mix. He likes to occasionaly take apart his toys and eat it, or eat pinecones or get in the trash occasionally.

Every so often (Maybe one or every two weeks) he would throw up his food 7 hours later. You can tell its dog food cause some of it is still whole.

I haven't really seen him poop in the last few days, but I normally put him out in the yard for a couple of hours in the morning so Im not really watching him.. but I tried walking around with him this morning and I didn't see him do anything other then pee.

Other then that, he runs around, plays, drinks plenty of water, and eats his food without a problem. (Aside from the random throw up) and doesn't hunch when he walks.

Id take him to the vet, but if I can avoid it, it be a lot easier on my wallet. Any opinion? Should I just try the pumpkin?

Someone recommended just feed him white rice for a few days and let his stomach digest and rest.

Thanks!


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

If she had many BM'S on Friday and then started positioning herself like to have a painful BM, I would not suspect she is constipated. I would rather think that perhaps her bowels were inflamed and she suffered from tenesmus. Tenesmus is often confused for constipation, when in reality the straining is due to inflammation of the bowels causing the dog to continue trying to pass a motion even though there is nothing there and this makes the dog extremely uncomfortable.

Another cause of painful straining may be a bowel obstruction caused by your dog swallowing something that may block the bowels and have a hard time passing.

I think what your vet is suggesting is to hope that the nerves surrounding the external anal sphincter have not been damaged. I am wondering if they are concerned about rectal prolapse: here is a link that better explains this condition:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/rectal-prolapse-in-do...

Hope all resolves well, best wishes!


Teresa Northcutt 5 years ago

Hi, Alexadry.

I have a 4 month old shih tzu. I took her to the vet this past weds. to get her shots. After leaving she threw up twice, and they gave her a steroid shot. All day she acted sickly, but the next day she was perfectly fine. Thursday and Friday she had BM a lot. A lot more than usual, there was nothing unusual about the poop though. Starting Friday night through Sunday she would still have BM movements, but at times would almost strain and cry, or squeal like a pig. Her bottom is very red, and swollen. Today is Monday after waking up she tried to poop for 4 hours and couldn't, and was crying constantly. I took her to the vet, and now she is having to stay overnight for an enimen, and I;m very worried about her. He said we just need to hope none of her nerves are damaged. Can you explain more of that to me and what that means? Thank you.


Melissa 5 years ago

Thank you for your help but it turns out he was just pooping in concealed places while I made his food!


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

You can try to add a little more fiber to some canned puppy food (for instance a teaspoon of canned pumpkin - not pie filling)and see if it helps.


Melissa 5 years ago

I just got a 6 wk old miniature schnauzer. He eats and drinks just fine. He has peed but he won't have a bowel movement. He farts but that about it. What can I do to help him have a bowel movement?


Rob 5 years ago

I have a 20 lb lasapoo and I believe he is constpaited. He doesn't place any weight on his back legs ( as if to jump up on a bed or climb stairs). What can I give him?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

You can try to wipe her with a white paper towel after she pees so you can see if it is tinged with blood and therefore coming from her bladder. One year is the right time for her heat too though, poodles may go in heat anytime between 6 months and 1 year or a little bit over. I think a vet visit is in order to see what may be going on.


Noelle 5 years ago

I have a 1 year old standard poodle. I thought she was going in heat because of some spoting of blood and she is acting weird. It has been going on now for over a week. The blood now seems to be larger amounts and quite messy. It doesn't look like just blood it has a runny quality to it and I'm worried it may be coming from her bladder. How can I tell? Also she hasn't had a bowel movement for several days. She tries with no success. I thought all of these symptoms were because she is having her first heat but is 1 year old enough and her bleeding and constipation is extreme. This is my first poodle and I'm very worried! Any opinion I would love, and yes we are talking about a vet visit soon. Noelle


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Being constipated after surgery is quite common. It is often due to the fact that the dog has very likely fasted prior to the surgery and there is not enough food in the system to stimulate a bowel movement. Add to that the fact most dogs do not exercise much after surgery and that they may be in pain.

Also, feeding boiled chicken and rice will not be helping since this is usually fed for dogs suffering from diarrhea. Rice absorbs water making the stools firmer. I am guessing your vet suggested this diet to prevent stomach upsets since it is very bland and easy to digest, ideal for a dog in recovery... but it can have this effect, which is usually temporary.

You can try to add some plain canned pumpkin (not the pie mix with spices added) and see if it helps, or ask your vet for laxatives. But again often after surgery dogs may not go for the first 48 hours therefore it is a sort of waiting game.. Best wishes!


kimi071708 5 years ago

I wanted to thank you for all the information you provide for all of us worried pet owners. My question is my 9 pound dachshund had surgey on saturday 2-6-11. It was an exploratory surgery to remove a blockage from her stomach (I have the vacuum cleaner), and she was able to start eating normal food monday evening at 5. Since then she has eaten 9 servings of food (1/8 cup every 4 hours) of boiled chicken and rice. She still hasn't pooped yet, and I was wondering if maybe her pain meds are making her constipated, or if maybe she just hasn't eaten enough food in the last 36 hours to have to go yet?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Constipation after surgery is quite normal. Most dogs do not exercise much after surgery, plus add the fact they have not been fed that day. Some may also be in pain. Try some plain canned pumpkin or ask your vet for some laxatives. Generally, after surgery dogs may not poop for a day or two.


Jnice 5 years ago

I have 3yr puggle he had surgery on sat cause he pulled a nail out and after I got him home he has not gone to the bathroom ??????


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

I think you can still buy her some time by doing some blood tests and running a urinalysis. The blood on the pillow may also be due to a urinary tract infection if you notice her squatting and only dribbling a few drops of urine. Drinking more and havig less appetite may be due to several conditions that can be treated or at least kept under control. I personally would have her checked and see if there is anything you can do medically to make her feel better. Best wishes!


kary 5 years ago

I have a toy poodle terrier mix she is 14 1/2 i noticed she had a bowel movement in her pen that looks like she is constipated and there was blood on a pillow that i had just put in there it was white her other pillows are brown but she is so old she has lots of accidents she will pee on herself and never move like she doesn't notice it. she drinks a lot all day long so i know she is getting enough liquids.her appetite has slowly went down over the last 2 months.do you think this is due to age and its time to let her go? we love this dog Very much!


Carolyn 5 years ago

For constipation I give my 10 month old Morkie Pumpkin Puree.It has lots of moisture and fiber. I freeze it in ice cube trays and take it out when frozen and put it in plastic bag.She loves it. I warm it before giving it to her..Make sure you don't get pumpkin pie mix. It has sugar and other things dogs shouldn't have.. She loves Greek yogurt,too.It's got lots of Acidophilus which is good for their digestion...


Badanko 5 years ago

Well my dad took him to the vet nearby and the vet thinks it might a bacterial infection and gave some medicines for vomiting, pooping, and some antibiotics. He also told us to give him hamburgers with some rice and to feed him often and limit the amount of water he drinks but my dog isn't even eating the food. The vet also suggested that we take him for (not sure what it's called but the procedure where they use sound and echoes to see if he has an intestinal blockage).


babypoo 5 years ago

okay so now my puppy vomited yellow stuff and he still cant poop would feeding him pumpkin make his constipation better? and also his butthole is like swollen red what do i do?


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Badanko: I would be concerned; it may be an intestinal blockage, please see my hub below:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Babypoop: You will very likely have to trim away the hair and remove any matts so that he can finish pooping. Put him in the tub and use warm water to soften up the poop and carefully trim away the hair. you can also shave the hair away using the clippers. best wishes!


Badanko 5 years ago

My 4 year old German shepherd recently can't poop anymore even though he's trying and he is very sad and almost seems reluctant to move. He doesn't seem to be in any pain. He vomited at least twice with the food he ate and now he won't eat and barely drinks. We live in a new development and there aren't many people around so we let him wander around and I'm afraid he might have ate something at night and now he it might be stuck somewhere in his intestines. I am really worried. Do you think this is the problem and if so is there anything that I can do to help him right now before I take him to the vet? thank you in advance.


babypoo 5 years ago

oh and he acts normal but when i try to take the poop out he makes a whimper what will happen if the poop gets dried on his fur how to i get it out help!! im worried


babypoo 5 years ago

my puppy is a 10week old toy shizu and she pooped some and she tried to poop more but it wouldn't come our and so i tried to pull the poop out and its stuck its all over his fur and theres poop sticking our of his butt what should i do?


Rene 5 years ago

Thank you so much! I really appreciate the prompt response. Have a wonderful day


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Lol! The things dogs get into! At worst, you may see an upset tummy (mostly diarrhea). If this is the case, put him on a bland diet as per my article below:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Home-remedies-for-dog-...

Best wishes!


Rene 5 years ago

Hi! I think my dog may have eaten about 5 squares of deli havarti cheese yesterday that I was throwing away (I found the bag on the floor and I'm pretty sure I'd put it in the trash, plus, there was no cheese in it lol.). I took him out earlier and he only was able to let out something that looked a little runny. I just took him out again (a few hours later for about 15 mins) and he did not go at all. He IS urinating and acting normal. He doesn't seem to be in pain. I'm just wondering if the cheese or amount of cheese is at all toxic? Should I be alarmed? Thanks in advance for any response you can give :o)


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alexadry 5 years ago from USA Author

Some sensitive dogs get into distress when some poop remains trapped around their bum.. by rubbing her bun on the floor she was desperately trying to remove it herself.. you helped her deal with the problem and she should now be ok...

you can trim some hair around the bum if it is too long and traps feces there.. this happens at times,,

it may be the poop contained something that was half way through the rectum and was not easy to come out.. if she is acting normally I would not be concerned. keep an eye her the rest of the day if you can. best wishes!


katey 5 years ago

my 7wk old yorkiepoo, just yelped in pain wile.pooping, she was walking around, trying to ruby her bottom on thee floor, i picked her up, and she had a very thin piece of poo, stuck. i wiped it all outwith a warm rag, and cleaned it with baby shampoo, and applied slight pressure to hr rectum & abdomen to see if she wimpered or showed any sign of pain, she didn't. she just went and ate...I found her poop though, it was the way it normally is, soft, but solid,& light colored, no blood or anything, & her rectum is slighty pink..


aretha 5 years ago

ii have an eight week old yorkie and he just got his second shot of the parvo virus and he hasn't had any symptoms from it. but im not sure if he has colitis or constipation(we dewormed him yesterday) because when he gets in the position to poop, he starts crying so loud and screaming. my cousin called the vet and told they told her that still having worms is normal but the crying while he in pooping isn't. and im not sure if i sould take him in or give him pumkin and see what happens.


'ekahi 6 years ago

i have a 7 week old pit bull pup.i took her to the vet 2 days ago because she was weak and wouldn't eat or drink anything, she was starting to have puss blisters all over her stomach and legs and she had worms ( i wormed her the day before). the vet told me that she had a bad infection and that she had worms, and she was anemic. they put her on antibiotics and told me to gove her pepcid ac to coat her stomach because of the worms. now she wont poop. PLEASE HELP


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Rub his gums with pancake syrup (to raise blood sugar) and head to your vet immediately! this sounds very serious, do not waste time online, best wishes!


Tiron 6 years ago

I got a 6 month chihuahua dog, he suddendly started to not eat,poop, or move at all, i heard him screaming one time and i took him inside and he would not stand up. he would fall each time i picked him up and placed him down.. he is losing weight and now he is skinny and shakes alot.. pls HELP!


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Is he feeling good, bright, alert other than not eating his food? I would keep an eye on him for signs of an intestinal blockage just in case. Rawhide bones and toys if swallowed in large pieces may block the intestines at times. I will direct you to my other hub so you know what signs to look for. It could simply be he has not pooped because he threw up yesterday and has not eaten dog food and therefore there is not much food in stomach to form the stools, however, if he still does not go, vomits and shows signs of blockage do not hesitate to have him seen by a vet, best wishes! see link below for details

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Symptoms-of-intestinal...


SRM9487 6 years ago

I have a pure bred Black English Lab. He si about 80 pounds not and 11 Months old. I have not really seen him poop. He threw up yesterday from a dog toy made of tire. Now he seems to have not eaten his food. Drinking seems okay though. Any suggestions? He has had a few rawhide bones that he has totally eaten up. Maybe hes filling up on Hide and not dog food???


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

it is hard for me to give an opinion on this as truly only an x-ray may provide the truth. However, consider that this pup has had diarrhea for two days and vomited as well, it could simply be that there has not been enough food in the intestines to form stools. You can watch monitor him carefully, if he is eating, active and vomiting anymore it could be he is fine. If he vomits, refuses food, strains to defecate and seems in pain then yes, very likely there may be problems... best wishes!


Zeus 6 years ago

My five month old puppy had really bad diarrhea for two days. We were afraid he might have parvo, so right before we took him to the vet he started vomiting. He threw up a sock that he ingested and then an hour later threw up two more socks. His diarrhea disappeared and he is able to keep his food down. However, he hasn't had a bowel movement for two days now. We're scared he might have another object obstructing his intestines.


laura 6 years ago

thank you very much for responding to my issue. i took him for a walk right after writing to you and noticed he had poop stuck in the fur in his anus. i tried to get it out with wet paper towel but didn't work and didn't want to hurt him. a call to the vet and told me to come in. they clipped his hair and drained his anal glands. said that was most likely the cause gave some ointment and NSAID. he did go last night a little on his own so hope that keeping him trimmed will be all it is. again thank you for responding.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

What you are likely seeing is called ''tenesmus'' which is often confused with constipation. This is often a symptom of colitis, this link will be helpful and offers the possible solution to the problem if this sounds the case. Have your dog seen by a vet if symptoms continue, best wishes!

http://www.vetbase.co.uk/information/colitis-expla...


laura 6 years ago

my dog went pooped yesterday a little on the wet side. today when i take him out in the am he just keeps hunching over and trying to make his bowel movement, but nothing comes. i bring him inside and same thing like hes trying to make the bowel movement but nothing comes. seems he can relax he licks at his rear end too i think something may be wrong


jimmy 6 years ago

thank you alexa


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Yes, a vet visit is in order for both. For shasha the below hub may be helpful but if his bottom is red I would have him seen:

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Home-remedies-for-dog-...

for jimmy, I would see a vet here is another helpful hub>

https://pethelpful.com/dogs/Dog-upset-stomach-home...

It could be gastro-enteritis, parvo, or he may have ate something hamrful, have him see a vet since he is so small. Best wishes to both!


jimmy 6 years ago

My 2month blue nose pit is vomiting , shakes a little when he lays down , really weak & wont eat and only dink a litte it of water what's wrong with him /; ?


SHa,sha 6 years ago

I have toy poodle on Tuesday he had diarrhea then later on that day he went out to poop it was form.On Wednesday he had diarrhea again now as bad as Tuesday but his behind is very red. What cause him to have diarrhea and do you think I should take him to vet.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

It shouldn't really hurt, especially if your dog is on the large spectrum when it comes to size. You may expect some larger stools and perhaps a bit of gas, but nothing major should be going on. Keep an eye on him, best wishes!


Khristal 6 years ago

Hi,how are you?My dog has not taken a poop in 2 days.I didn't know what to do, so I called my vet and she said to try pumpkin..That fine,so I gave him a little bit but some how he go the can off the table.He eat half of the can..I know that you have said to other people to only give 2 tablespoons.Is what he ate going to hurt him, or just make him go alot more?? Can't wait to hear from you.. Thank you.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

I have a special saying when it comes to such situations ''when in doubt, get on route'' meaning to your vet. Did she have bones lately? It could be some pieces may have trouble coming out... but it can also be an anal gland problem, or something stuck in her rectum like a piece of string, hair or blade of grass...I would take her to the vet if this is continuing to bother her, best wishes!


Heidi M 6 years ago

My dog has been a little constipated for the last two days. He pooped this morning, however, he still seems to be straining to get something out. He also has been chasing his tail/bum as if there is something on there bugging him. Could that be related to his constipation? Is it something I should take him to a vet for?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Daisy, if your dog is so uncomfortable I would highly recommend a vet visit, your dog may have an intestinal obstruction. Any vomiting? This sounds like something serious!


Daisy 6 years ago

My name is daisy, i have a 4 year old poodle, he has been crying and unable to poop for the past 4 days, he is laying and woke get up, i am extremely worried, what should i do?


sharon 6 years ago

hi, my dog, a patterdale cross, has been constipated for the past few days, she is eating and drinking fine but seems to be passing wind quite a lot and they are really smelly. do you know what this could mean? is there anything i can do to help it?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Sanah, this sounds like something quite serious. Your puppy is small and things can go quickly downhill if you do not seek immediate vet attention. I do not like the symptoms you are describing. Try giving some ice cubes to lick if not interested in water and take to the vet.


sanah 6 years ago

our 3 month old poodle puppy i think has got constipations . he was fine and active the whole day but suddenly started whimpring and whining i dont really think he has swallowed some thing but i do think he must be dehydrated we gave him water but he would not touch it ,i have also noticed he has not been eating his food lately. are constipations death prone plz help


Concerned Fur-mom 6 years ago

So glad I found this site ...

Our Bichon (almost 5) hasn't pooped in three days and needless to say, we're getting a little worried ... were going to take her to the vet tomorrow but hoping to find some home remedy ... will run out to the supermarket in the a.m. to get some canned pumpkin and try that.

Here is the situation, though ... a little hesitant on the food front because she had bladder stones removed two years ago and so is on a VERY restricted diet as a result (but I figure a little something OFF the diet wouldn't be as bad as severe constipation) ...

She had surgery for a torn ACL nine days ago and is on pain meds (75 MG of tramadol per day). But she spent the first seven days post-surgery boarding at the vet's office so I am sure if she had been having problems with this there, they would have told us when we picked her up on Monday.

Monday night she was definitely NOT constipated ... had a HUGE double-accident (and she almost never has them in the back part of the house and this was the first time she'd EVER had one in my study), not quite runny but definitely loose. However, she has not "gone" since then (she's eating normally, drinking water, and peeing regularly).

I know this sounds crazy, but she hates anyone watching her when she poops, and tends to go out into a corner of the backyard to do so. But because of the surgery, we have to keep her leashed and can't let her "loose' outside so I wonder if she actually has "shy colon" right now rather than specific constipation? I've tried taking her to her favorite spot and turning my back but it's not working ;)

Maybe the pumpkin will force the issue ... fingers crossed.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Lisboa, shaking sounds not good at all. Time to see the vet!


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Amber you have a great amount of home remedies listed in the article if you think she is constipated.

It sounds though from your description that perhaps she has some matted fur or some stool trapped there? Can you wear some gloves and try to see why the poop is on her butt? Can you try to very gently remove it if the pup allows you to? Don't force it though if you see it is stuck in the rectum as you may cause damage if there is part of a string or a foreign object stuck there. If she is acting uncomfortable most likely it is because that poop is there and she feels like getting if off and cannot.

If you cannot help her out I would call a vet for advice. Some will come to your home.


Amber 6 years ago

My little 7 month old puppy has poop on her butt and when she tries to poop nothing. I really don't know what to do so please help. No one is home right now except me and I'm worried that it is hurting her. And my other dog is fat so if any advice it would be very helpful.


Lisboa67 6 years ago

My dog,border collie,has been shaking on and off for 2 days now.He will still eat but not vast amounts.Have given him some milk and he has done his business a couple of times,but it is very small thin amounts.


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evvy_09 6 years ago from Athens, AL

Thanks so much for the advice. My poor dog was constipated and so I gave him some milk and he pooed about an hour ago! lol he seemed happy about it anyways.


Lynee 6 years ago

Hey my little yorkie is seriously constipated, he is very miserable and bloated. I do not have any pumpkin, but I have sweet potatoes, I know they are high in starch, but will they loosen his stool, or is there something else I can try at home?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Senior dogs are often prone to constipation. You can try walking her more as movement encourages bowel movements. Make sure access to water is always available, many senior dogs do not drink enough. Bran may be helpful as well, you may also ask your vet if he thinks Lactulose may be helpful. Below is a link:

http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/lactulose/pag...


joy 6 years ago

My 14 year old female miniature schauzer is constipated and has been so for 2 weeks. She strained all night trying to have a BM. I took her to the vet where she had an enemia, x ray revealed backed up stool and gas but nothing else. She was given a med twice daily and treated for pancreatitus. She did well for a week but constpiation returned. I was told to give her 1/2 tsp daily metamucil and 1 tsp mineral oil daily. 3 days and no BM. Appetite is great, drinking lots of water, walking, and spunky. Any ideas besides pumpkin?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Rebecca, take your dog to the vet!


rebecca 6 years ago

i have a 11 year old bearded colllie and he is constipated and i dont know what do to he is trying to go like all the time but nothing is happening iam worried if it is something else what should i do ?


IDK 6 years ago

Hi, I have an 11 pound dachshund at the age of three and my family and I were out for two weeks on a family emergency. For the first week she was at the vets, then the second my friend would come over for awhile and let her out and feed her. Now, she's having a hard time going to the bathroom. She will squat, but sometimes she doesn't poo or its very stringy looking. Mt parents are going to get some of that pumpkin stuff, but is it something different or not? And if it is, what should we do?


flower 6 years ago

I feed him pumpkin, and he pooped by the end of the night.


flower 6 years ago

Hi

my bichon frise ran away last night, and now that he is back, he cannot poop. I think he probably ate something he shouldn't have. He's drinking plenty of water, but won't eat. And he is laying around, so he i don't think he feels good. Should i try the pumpkin? can all dogs eat pumpkin?


ingsley 6 years ago

Hi, I my Staff has not been able to have a no2 now for about 4 days, he is trying but only fluid and sometimes a little blood is coming out, we have changed his diet to only dry mix and water. should i takr him to the vet??


Wyndie 6 years ago

What can I use here at home right now to help my 2 year old female dash hound have a bowl movement? She is humped up, she is waddling not walking right, she seems to be bloated and uncomfortable. We have checked her temp. which is 101, we have massaged her tummy as well as her bottom and we have been walking her long distances.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

If the appetite is gone it is best to have your dog seen by a vet. If it is just a matter of taste, try to add the pumpkin to your dog's food. Best wishes!


briana 6 years ago

Our cocker spaniel is constipated and wont drink milk or eat pumpkin what can i do???


ken 6 years ago

thx...


kittyfan 6 years ago

i have a 8 week old mini dachshund and he if sick throwing up and a hard time pooping just a little of liquid but still drinking water what should i do?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

Squatting as you describe may be a sign of worms, has she been dewormed lately? I think she should have a stool checked by the vet just to rule this out. Most puppies comes with worms unfortunately. If her poop is getting tangled in the hair near her bum, it may help shaving her down a bit there. Another possibility is that she may be experiencing problems with her anal glands, two glands found at 5 o' clock and 7 0'clock around her anus. is her poop solid? If not solid enough to be coming out cleanly, you can try to add some canned pumpkin (just the plain version with no spices added). A teaspoon added to her food may help. The great thing is that pumpkin works both ways: it helps firm stool up if the stools are too soft or it softens it if it is too dry.

Try to puppy proof your home and keep pantry an bathroom doors closed. Puppies do not need to have the run of the house. Both my dogs are adult and they are not allowed in these rooms since they were pups. Better stay out of trouble since puppies may injest just anything potentially causing an intestinal obstruction, which often means surgery. Best wishes!


michael clark 6 years ago

have a toy poodle about 14 lbs around 3 months old and she will have a regular bm then the next time will act like she needs to but keeps moving and squating and moving across ground trying to clean herself....in the past few weeks have had to clean her hind quarter three or four times due to it collecting just below the tail.....she still eats and seems to drink ok and has not exhibited nausa...again in between times she is having regular movements then off and on she strains....she loves to catch the pantry door open (have kids) and raid the toilet paper, im sure digesting some...could this be one of the issues and what would you recommend..we feed her eukanuba dogfood but while house training her have left her in a section of the house by herself during the day - this is when they symptoms began presenting themselves...could it be an emotional problem..lol


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

No, a dog's gums are supposed to be a nice bubble gum pink color. White is a sign that something seriously wrong may be going on, have him seen as soon as you can!


Tarah 6 years ago

Hi hope someone can help my dog seems blocked up though some runny poo is getting out he is still eating as normal though. Is a dogs gums meant to be white


ems 6 years ago

hi alexadry, thanks for sharing this article with us. its very informative. my dog blondie a shitzu-japanese spitz mix is turning 14 years old in june. however, these past few months, i have noticed that she is usually constipated, my vet told me to give her lactulose everyday to compliment her diet. (she eats mostly eukanuba dogfood) and occassionally mixed veggies (she hates veggies). i also give her fibrosine (for fiber, as the vet instructed). and since then she has normal stools, i stopped giving her lactulose about a week ago, and noticed that she's having a hard time again. is she going to be dependent on lactulose forever? btw, i noticed that she's been pooping drops of blood. im going to have to bring her to the vet tomorrow.


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

I agree, this sounds more like something needing urgent care.


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Geocyn 6 years ago from Southeastern USA

Take him to his Vet. He may have eaten something that will not pass and have a blockage in his lower intestines. He could have impacted anal glands that have become infected. This is not a small problem and not one that you are equipped to deal with at home. It could be nothing but it could also be very serious. Vet care is required.


MrChris 6 years ago

My dogs is sick and i dont know what to do. He is a toy poodle and he has a bloated stomach. He wont eat or poop and has a runny nose and sometimes has cramps. What should i do???


samantha 6 years ago

i have an 9wk old puppy and shes so far been really easy to maintain diet wise.until today that is...she ate a considerable amount of wet puppy food and is now bloated beyond belief.it feelsa like she has a grapefruit in her belly and she seems miserable and unable to have a bm.what do i need to do?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

In this case, I would think he should be seen,rather than trying home remedies. Since he is producing thin ropes of poop this may suggest something is blocking such as an enlarged prostate.


Sofia 6 years ago

I have an 11 year old pitbull. He has been straining for the last 3 days but only produces thin ropes of poo that are soft. He has to go every hour and sometimes he cant produce anything. Do you think the pumpkin will work in this case?


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alexadry 6 years ago from USA Author

It does sound like something is blocking her. As the vet said, I think it is best to watch and see if she gives signs of improvement or not getting better. Vomiting, straining, abdominal pain, hunched up positions are all signs of an obstruction. Unfortunately, surgery if this is the case, is the only way to go. Hope by now the situation has improved, my very best wishes.


Virginia 6 years ago

Our Beagle Terrier Female (3yrs old) began struggling to have a bowel movement about a week ago. After about 2 days she was protecting her back with tail tucked. Wouldn't let us raise tail without yelping. Took her to vet Monday and Vet tried various things such as enimas, fluids under the skin, dolcolax, and decided after xrays showing she was VERY full of feces, decided to anesthetise her and try to relieve her problem by physically removing what she could. She was only able to remove a bit about 4 - 5 inches. This was extremely hard and had bits of bone in it. I had given our two dogs store bought Smoked Bones like I had before, but we haven't had this problem before. Our concern is that she might have swallowed something that is obstructing bowel movement. After third day (took back each morning for more treatment) she still hasn't passed anything. We are treating at home in evening and at Vet during day. She strains and only a drop or two of blood will pass. Started Amoxicillin Monday and Blood count is improved today (Wed) but no resolution to bowels moving. Vet sent us home with 4 enima's to use over the evening and told us to add Metamucil to soft wet dog food. After $650.00 in vet bills for the three days and no resolution I'm not sure what to do. At this point (2 days till Xmas) I'm told to continue to treat at home and if no resolution soon or if dog begins to vomit or gets lethargic, we will have to do surgery.

HELP. Any advice?


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Please read the article, it gives various options on how to help constipated dogs and what to watch for.


Nina 7 years ago

I just bought an 8 week pitbull today. We fed her puppy chow, gave her some water, and took her outside to do the restroom. So when she went she couldn't get the stool to drop. It was just stuck there, so I put on some gloves, and pulled out the poop. Then she had to go again and the same thing happened this time she pooped something like a rubberband, but i had to pull that out too. I think shes still constipated though, so what should i do.


Chae Chae 7 years ago

i think maii baby is constipatwd :(


Barb 7 years ago

Where can I find canned pumpkin... I know of pumkin pie filler but that is it...


Alyssa 7 years ago

yes my dog is having problem shitting he gets in his position and stats yelping it is so said he has done this at least 7 times.


Boschski 7 years ago

Hey I have a year old lab....last night he ingested some bones from a slab of ribs we had for dinner. Today he had puked three times, had diahrea twice, and is acting constipated...he squats and grunts. What can I or should I do?


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

I hope by now she was able to pass that stool and that she is feeling ok. For future reference, passing some vaseline in the rectal area may help pass a large stool like that, but in some cases it needs to be manually removed by the vet, especially if there is a foreign object making things particularly difficult.


Stacy 7 years ago

I have a Miniature Schnauzer who is 8 months old. She usually eats Iams dried dog food. A couple of days ago I gave her canned Iams food and now she is constipated. When she tries to poop she is very uncomfortable. I don't mean to be graphic but the poop that's trying to come out of her is twice as big as normal. What should I do?


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

hmmmm.... usually spicy foods would cause vomiting, diarrhea or even pancreatitis..are you sure he has not had any diarrhea? is he indoors or outdoors? could he have had diarrhea outdoors and you may have not noticed? Sometimes dogs have diarrhea and afterwards, develop tenesmus, in other words a spasm like if needing to go but being unable to go because there is nothing left to poop...if in doubt, canned pumpkin is great because it works both ways for diarrhea or constipation..

Walking him may stimulate a bowel movement, if you believe he is constipated, however, I am always of the opinion that when a dog is uncomfortable and cries, he may need to see the vet.. sometimes there is an oddly shaped stool stuck in the rectal canal that may be needed to be manually removed by the vet.. or it could be he ate something that may be painful to pass, keep him hydrated as much as you can if possible and again if he is discomfort I would recommend having him seen, there may be chances he has a blockage, a problem with his anal glands or mild to severe constipation..my best wishes


Suni 7 years ago

Hi, My 3 year old mini poodle is constipated he tries to go and groans and cries, I see something coming out and its soft not liquid. We gave him leftovers of a cajun sausage on Sunday and he hasn't been right ever since. I gave him some milk this evening to see if that will work and I will also stop at the store tommorrow morning to pick up some canned pumpkin. do you think the sausage had something to do with it? Should I take him to the vet? I hate to see him sad like this :(


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Happy to hear she is ok, best wishes!


harry 7 years ago

thanks alot for the advise, just end up taking her to the vet. they said she has worms


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Could she have eaten a non food item, like a bone or a piece of stick? Is she doing better now that she has gone or does she still try to defecate and cry? If she still seems in trouble, because she is so small I would have her seen by a vet. Some canned pumpkin may help soften her stools, but it takes time to start working.

You can apply a thin layer of plain Neosporin to her rectal area to give her relief and repeat it twice a day. Make sure she does not lick it off (it is not harmful but simply needs to be absorbed by the skin).

If her butt appears very red and swollen suspect rectal prolapse, something that needs immediate vet attention. Read here for a better description and symptoms:http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2090&a...


harry 7 years ago

my dog is only 9 weeks old and every time she goes to go she is struggling and is crying at the same time.. she finaly gets it out but her ass is very red what should i do


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

Hmm..this does not sound good. Is the dog showing any other signs of heatstroke? ie red gums instead of pink and a high rectal temperature? are you sure he is over it?  read this for more info:

http://www.petplace.com/dogs/heat-stroke/page1.asp...

Fiber may help him pass some of the mud he ate. Whole grain bread, bran flakes, plain canned pumpkin (with no spices added) a couple of spoons of any of these and lots  to drink may help him pass the mud, but my concern is if he ate some stones that may blocking his intestines.

If finances are a problem and he seems not to be getting any better, google search ''care credit'' the are a financial institution that may help pet owers in need. My best wishes for this poor fellow!

 

 


worried 7 years ago

I left my dog with what i thought was a friend. The day we went to pick him up, he was laying on the ground not moving in the backyard i called his name and all he would do is wagg his tail. I ran over to him and seen he was having a heatstroke. He was laying right beside a hole he had been digging and eating the mudd to get water. We pulled him through it but, he's not acting right now.He'll drink water and lots of it but, he wont eat. He turns his head at everything we put in front of him. I think the mudd is the problem. He pee's just fine but he doesn't have a bowel movement. Right now im laied off work and cant afford the bill to take him to the vet. Does anyone know something i can give him so he can pass the mudd so he will eat????????? please someone help me


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

I really hope this dog is not suffering from a foreign body obstruction! Watch carefully for any vomiting, straining to defecate, hunched up position and liquid diarrhea making its way through. Eating rocks is not good! Yes, he may do it from boredom, but this must be stopped! Is there any way you can get him away from the rocks? Can you crate him? Create a safe fenced area with no rocks? At worse, muzzle him when near rocks? On a lighter note, the fistulas may surely play a role in the symptoms you are seeing. He may be "keeping it" because he has pain upon defecating. Clipping the hair around the anal area may be helpful to keep the area clean. Flushing the area with lots of warm water may give some relief. Some vaseline may help sooth the rectum, after he goes. Walking more than normal may elicit him to go. High fiber foods should be fed so his stools are softer and easier on the area. Canned pumpkin may help achieve this.

I really hope this is nothing serious, keep a watchful eye on him developing signs of obstructions and try to limit access to rocks. Many dogs had emergency surgery because of rock eating habits! Hope he gets better soon -unfortunately, his breed is prone to this problem- and that the Atopica starts taking effect! My best wishes!


JaniceO 7 years ago

I have an 8 year old German Shepherd who has perianal fistulas, which are under control and are clearing up with the help of Atopica. However he has just started eating rocks and dirt out of one of our plants. Now he is "obstipated". I just gave him some milk and will take him for a walk. I do believe he suffers from boredom, but I can't leave him with anyone because he is aggressive. Do you think this is being caused by the boredom, medication, or fistulas, and what should I do?


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alexadry 7 years ago from USA Author

As mentioned above, canned pumpkin works very well, you can try to add one to two teaspoons of regular pumpkin (not pie filling) to his food. However, I think the loss of appetite is a bit unusual and perhaps shuold be investigated by a vet.


S.B. 7 years ago

I have an older dog that suddenly got a loss of appatite & he doesn't drink enough water (it's always available). So, he might be a little constipated? He eats a natural home-made diner (no artifical, processed dog food) & we think it's lack of fiber. He's also a horribly fussy eater!

What foods can be used to help him pass stools better? Also, what are good, natural fiber foods that can be added to his food? Is veggies good for fiber? Please let me know, thanks.


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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

The main concern here is if there is an obstruction. His hunched up posture means that he has abdominal pain. I would suggest a vet visit again as there can be an obstruction. I hope by now he is feeling better, best wishes!


Sheri Phillips 8 years ago

My Winnie Dog was fixed last Thursday over a week ago and he is constipated. I took him to the vet and I did give him a ham bone Thankgiving but I think that added to the mess. I vet went in his anal and pulled out some hard, gritty stool but he is still yelling when he tries to poop. He has passed and few small soft stools and just a bit ago he passed a hard stool. I went and got some pumpkin and mineral oil so hopefully this will help. He is urinating, eating and we took him for a walk too. He is really wanting to be in mom or dad's lap at all times. With makes me feel bad that he is so upset about it. He is constantly hunching and trying to go. He barks and seems fine until he tries to poop and then he gets all upset. I want to try to clear it up without going to the vet again due to that was a very disturbing ordeal. If you have any advise on this situation I would appreciate it very much.


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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

Sorry to hear about that. I think your dog should be seen at this point. I wished there was something you could do at home but the symptoms sound worrisome. Does she tend to eat objects ie rocks, socks, bones, etc?


Aysha 8 years ago

my dog just threw up,she is shaking and she has been trying to poop for so long

what can i do?


maddy 8 years ago

ummmmm what do i do if my dog is constipated but he tries to poop and all he can do is pee? hes a pom


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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

It's hard to say as only an x-ray may tell if there is a big piece or a conglomerate of little pieces that may be obstructing her bowels. Is she also refusing food or vomiting? If she is acting sick I would definetly have her seen by a vet and x-rayed for piece of mind.


savan 8 years ago

hi


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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

You can start with giving a tablespoon and seeing the results, give more of give less accordingly. I would not give more than 2 tablespoons. Make sure it is not the pumpkin pie filling with spices, it has to be just plain pumpkin!


ruth z 8 years ago

How much pumpkin should I give to a dog weighing 17 pounds?


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alexadry 8 years ago from USA Author

Canned pumpkin works great and works both ways, for diarrhea it absorbs excess water, for constipation it adds fiber.


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byee 8 years ago

Thanks for this. Our pug had really bad diarrhea so we started feeding her boiled chicken. But then she hasn't pooped in 3 days! We took her to the vet this morning and she did tell us to give her some canned pumpkins. Hopefully this will get things "moving"!

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