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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 44 years of experience
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I have a six year old male Yorkie that appears to be constipated.

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I have a six year old male Yorkie that appears to be constipated. He shelters in the corner and cries, still if need be will jump up and run like nothing is wrong. What can I give him to get relief ?
Dave
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 7 months ago.
Dave, it's important that you confirm that King Elvis is truly constipated and not having trouble urinating, instead. If constipated, you have quite a few alternatives for helping him.Medical therapy includes stool softeners or laxatives (e.g., the prescription lactulose, 0.25-0.5 mg/kg every 8-12 hours; or over the counter docusate sodium (Colace)/dioctyl sulfosuccinate, 50mg/dog of his size every 12-24 hours; or mineral oil flavored with vegetable oil at 10-25 ml (2-5 measuring teaspoons)/dog of his size per day and prokinetics (the prescription cisapride, 0.1-1mg/kg every 8-12 hours) . Lactulose is the most effective stool softener and is given to effect daily to maintain a soft to semiformed stool.Bulk forming laxatives such as psyllium seed (Metamucil) dosed at a teaspoon per wet food meal can be helpfulStimulant laxatives (e.g., bisacodyl, castor oil, cascara) should not be used for relieving constipation. They might be prescribed by a vet for specific constipating disorders, however.A high-fiber or low-residue diet (these are usually weight-control diets) may be of value. High fiber diets induce colonic contraction when the patient still has a functional colon and is well hydrated. Avoid high-fiber diets in patients that are prone to dehydration (can exacerbate it). Low residue diets are often best in patients with chronic recurrent episodes of obstipation or true megacolon because they reduce the amount of material reaching the colon and make it easier to keep a soft stool. Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.
Hi,

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

Dr. Michael Salkin

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