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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a 15yr old yorkie. last few days hes been straining

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hi, i have a 15yr old yorkie. last few days hes been straining to poop, doing them the size of a 1p piece, or doing nothing, messing his bedding, sore bottom, wouldnt let me wipe him clean. the poop he is doing is still soft tho
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Aloha! You're speaking to Dr. Michael Salkin
I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While his straining (tenesmus) is an important symptom, it isn't pathognomonic (specifically indicative) of any one disorder. It might indicate a primary gastrointestinal problem with an infectious, dietary, inflammatory, or even neoplastic etiology or a metabolic problem affecting the gastrointestinal tract - too many to list in this venue.
I'm not likely to "watchful wait" a symptomatic 15 year old for more than 36 hours. These dogs don't have the reserve of a much younger dog. I encourage having his vet perform a thorough physical exam including a digital rectal exam looking for obstruction in the rectum or impaction/abscessation of your dog's anal glands. I understand that you didn't come to the site to be told to bring your dog to his vet but that's the best advice I can impart at this time. His vet may also recommend having a senior/geriatric diagnostic panel of blood and urine tests performed - a good idea if only for baseline information at his advanced age.
Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Jillian,

I'm just following up on our conversation about Jillian Guildford. How is everything going?

Dr. Michael Salkin