what types of laxatives are safe for my constipated dachsund? We have colace in the houe. will this work??
You can use colace as a laxative. For a small dog, you can give 25 mg orally one to two times daily - adjusted as needed for the stool consistancy.
When is the last time she had a stool? Is she really uncomfortable?
It is important that you keep her well hydrated, so encourage drinking.
She weighs 22 pounds. I think it has been a couple of days. Yes, she is very uncomfortable and laying around a lot
Does she have chronic issues with constipation?
If she is really uncomfortable, vomiting, not eating etc, then I would recommend that she be seen by a veterinarian. They may want to give her fluids, do an enema etc. If she is not too bad, the colace may work overnight, but I wouldn't wait too long.
Ok,., we will try the colace. Hopefully it will help. She seems really uncomfortable but is not vomiting, just laying around a lot.
In the future, you could give her 1/2-1T canned pumpkin as a treat or in her food. The extra fiber may help regulate her stools a bit better.
She is also not eating which is a lcue to us that she is not feeling well. She loves to eat!!
Ok, we will try that as well. Thank you for your help!!
I would keep a close eye on her and consider taking her in to be evaluated if your vet offers after hours service or if you have an ER - the sooner she gets the stool out the better! Definately - no eating in a dog says that she is unhappy!
Yes I know. I hope we can make her feel better. Thanks so much!!
You are welcome. I hope that she 'straightens things out' soon.
Side note - you are sure that she is trying to defecate...has she urinated ok?
Yes, we have had no issue with that. She urinates regularly. We have had an issue in the past so she is having the same symptoms again. This was about a year ago and we force fed her pumpkin and she did well with that, but was wondering if there was anything else since she hates the pumpkin :)
Ok. Glad she is urinating...at least there is some fluid. Again, if I had a preference, I would say to get her in to the vet...2 days of no stool could cause other issues. I am suprised she is not vomiting. Good luck to you.
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I hope your pup has had a stool today and is doing ok. Let me know if you have any further questions.
Hi,I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?Dr. Elizabeth Ann