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Vet-Approved Home Remedies for Dog Constipation

Updated on January 28, 2016
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Adrienne Farricelli is a former veterinary hospital assistant and now a certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, and author of dog books.

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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      Jan 4 months ago

      My Yorkshire terrier pup of 7 Months old does not drink adequate water and his stools are quite hard, he gets plenty of exercise and seems quite healthy. I have even tried spoon feeding him water but he is not that interested. What should I do.

      Thank you

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      Revere bigham 4 months ago

      My 14 year old has a heart murmur and possible swelling near liver which makes digestion. He tried 4 times to poop and can't. He is under care but it is after hours. Can I give

      Him milk? He loves it. Please help now.

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      Nicole 6 months ago

      We just recently moved into a new home my 8yr old has not popped for two days now. I think its the new yard and she's not comfortable yet. Now I believe she is constipated

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      Ashley Garcia 7 months ago

      I recently adopted a 1 yr old Carolina dog. She is normally on schedule with her bathroom breaks...But today she has had slight diarrhea and only one bowel movement. She also seems extra calm. She has some gas that is extremely toxic.

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 8 months ago from USA

      Deanna, signs of constipated dogs generally include lethargy, straining to defecate and the most obvious absence of bowel movement. Most dogs will poop at least one or two times a day.

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      Deanna 8 months ago

      Can you tell us any signs? Like how dogs act if they are constipated.

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      Veronica 11 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 11 months ago from USA

      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?

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      Betty Ross 12 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 12 months ago from USA

      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.

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      Marijan Markovski 12 months ago

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

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      Connie 12 months ago

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

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      Mia 18 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      melissa 2 years 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?

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      Melody 2 years 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.

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      Ryan 2 years 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

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      Dillard 2 years 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.

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      Bernie 2 years ago

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

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      Bernie 2 years 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.

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      bonnie 2 years ago

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

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      sally 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Amber 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Cynthia 2 years ago

      It seem my dog is constipated what can i give him

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

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

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      Nathapct 2 years 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      LaTonya 2 years 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...

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      Lilly 2 years 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.

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      heartworm treated 2 years 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

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      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.

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      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?

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      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 2 years ago from USA

      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.

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      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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 3 years ago from Alabama, USA

      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      lacara henry 3 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?

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      Bill Aikman 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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!

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      MissPhedora 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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...

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      MissPhedora 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      This books gives pumpkin dosages: http://books.google.com/books?id=LIZ-gkLeXEkC&...

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      Art 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Elwin 3 years ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Elwin 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Elwin 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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...

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      Elwin 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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?

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      Elwin 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Elwin 3 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      john 3 years ago

      This morning

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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?

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      john 3 years ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      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.

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      john 3 years ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

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

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      ketage 4 years ago from Croatia

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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 4 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 :)

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      Colleen 4 years ago

      That article gave me the info I needed, thanks!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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

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      Colleen 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

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

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

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      Olivia 4 years ago

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

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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!

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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".

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      Olivia 4 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.?

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      Candace 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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.

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

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

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      Olivia 4 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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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 4 years ago from USA

      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.