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Constipation due to whip worm infestation. He's already on

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constipation due to whip worm infestation. He's already on the treating medication, but isn't having stools
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. There are all sorts of infestations the dog can pick up. I'll have you talk to the Veterinarian who'll sort out what is wrong and help you decide what to do about it. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Majik and 8 years Lab-Newfie mix
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Majika?
Customer: Seizure disorder on Phenobarb and hypothyroid, also on meds
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Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 3 months ago.

The hallmark chief complaint in dogs with whipworms are clinical signs of large-bowel diarrhea: freqeunt, urgent defecation of loose or watery feces, possibly containing mucus or fresh blood (hematochezia). Tenesmus (straining) and flatulence are possible. You may be confusing straining for constipation or if she isn't even trying to defecate, there isn't enough stool formed after she has suffered diarrhea to stimulate defecation. You mustn't administer laxatives to these dogs unless constipation can be proven by abdominal palpation and/or abdominal X-rays.

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