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1- Is she trying to go?
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Friend, it is important to remember that there are medical conditions that can cause abdominal distention besides constipation. If she is eating less this can explain why she is having less bowel movement, she may not be constipated. I would recommend a hands on examination with family vet to make certain this is not related to something else.
In response to your question, you can give 1 teaspoon (5 mls) of milk of magnesia every 24 hours. However, I would recommend you try something different as the milk of magnesia can cause a decrease in phosphorus. Instead, this is what you can try:
1- Get her to drink more by offering low sodium chicken broth. 2- Add 2-3 teaspoon of canned pumpkin to her food.3- As a stool softener you can give 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of Miralax every 24 hours or Mineral oil 1 to 2 teaspoon every 12 hours. You can find these over the counter in any pharmacy. 4- You can also give regular milk as a stool softener; normally it causes diarrhea but in cases of constipation will act as a stool softener.
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