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1- How long has it been since the last time she had a bowel movement?
2- Is she urinating o.k.?
3- How much does she weigh?
4- Did she get into anything?
I am sorry for the delay in response. I had some technical problems at this end.
The key to constipation is adequate hydration. This is what you can do:1- Get her to drink more by offering low sodium chicken broth.
2- Add 2-3 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to her food.
3- As a stool softener you can give 1 teaspoon of Miralax every 12-24 hours or Mineral oil 1 to 2 tablespoon every 12 hours. You can find these over the counter in any pharmacy.
4- You can also give her milk as a stool softener; normally it causes diarrhea but in cases of constipation will act as a stool softener.
5- If she does not have a bowel movement within 12 hours of doing the above I would have her checked by family veterinarian for a hands on examination.Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!Dr. Peter