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My Toy Poodle has constipation, how can I relieve this? He

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My Toy Poodle has constipation, how can I relieve this? He is 12 and a 1/2 years old.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.
Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

Therapies to consider:

- Offer milk. The reason for this is that most dogs are mildly lactose intolerant and milk will have a natural laxative effect, just like it will in people that are lactose intolerant.

- You can also try a hairball product such as Laxatone - LINK HERE these are usually petroleum based and will allow for easier passage for the feces.

- Encouraged water/drinking is also recommended as the colon normally reabsorbs water in the body if the patient is dehdyrated, thus making more firm stool that is uncomfortable to pass. If we increase water and hydration, we can then get softer stool that is easier to pass

- Another option is over the counter Miralax, 1/4 teaspoon every 12 hours (LINK HERE)

- Mmineral oil. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy. You can give 3ml by mouth every 12 hours in an attempt to relieve the discomfort.

- Your veterinarian can also prescribe a specific medication, "Lactulose" if the signs do not resolve with the recommendations listed above.

I hope this information helps!
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