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My dog came back from being kenneled and is constipated.

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My dog came back from being kenneled and is constipated. Terrible gas but strains to poop. When she gets any out it is watery and small and soft.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Doc Sara replied 1 year ago.

Hi there, I'm Dr. Sara. I'm a licensed veterinarian who works exclusively with dogs and cats. I'm sorry to hear that your girl is sick tonight - I'll do my best to help.

When dogs get diarrhea, they often will have straining and pushing because they have a frequent urge to "go". The fact that you're seeing that watery and soft stool makes this more a diarrhea and colitis problem than a constipation problem.

Colitis isn't all that surprising after something like a kennel stay - it can be caused by stress, viral bacterial or parasitic infections, or changes in the diet. All of those are potential culprits in your situation. Sometimes it's a combination of multiple things.

Here's a little more info on colitis: http://www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?P=A&S=0&C=0&A=677

In general for diarrheas and colitis I have my clients feed a bland diet which consists of three parts boiled white rice to one part boiled chicken breast or boiled ground beef with the grease drained off for 5-7 days. If she's also vomiting or she's lethargic or acting ill otherwise, I'd call your veterinarian for further guidance. She may need to go out more frequently tonight to relieve herself - this is common with colitis.

Most healthy dogs will get over this on their own in a day or two, but some will do better with medication prescribed by the vet.

I hope that this helps - please let me know what other questions I can answer for you

~Dr. Sara

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