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9 year olf neutered German Shepherd has trouble defecating JA:

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9 year olf neutered German Shepherd has trouble defecating
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name?
Customer: Penny
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Customer: No.
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Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Altman replied 5 months ago.
Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am sorry to hear Penny is having difficulties with constipation. I can give you some basic guidelines but if he continues to strain without production then please consider a veterinary exam. 1.) Small more frequent meals today, perhaps four times daily with white rice and lean boiled meat such as chicken.2.) Add water to the meals which is important in defecation and motility because it aids in lubrication3.) Regular walks. Leash walks are critical in emptying the colon completely. Especially an hour or so after meals. When the stomach is full the gi tract tends to start increased motility so there is a natural urge to defecate. 4.) Supplements as you have already begun, 1 tbsp canned pumpkin with dinner, 1/2 tsp of miralax, carrots with dinner5.) A more longterm solution include a high fiber diet which often entails a transition to a light formula, even if Penny is a lean dogIf this continues despite these recommendations it would be best to see your veterinarian to ensure there is no issue with the anal glands, a motility disorder that might require medication to treat, or another metabolic cause of this issue Please let me know if you have any additional questions. If you have more questions or if I can help in any other way, please do not hesitate to ask! If you would like to accept my answer, please press RATE OUR CONVERSATION at the top of your screen (I am not compensated in any other way). Bonuses are always welcome. Thanks!
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