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My toy poodle is in distress. I thought he had sprained his

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My toy poodle is in distress. I thought he had sprained his back. But now I think he has a bowel problem. He was fine when I came home from work. We went to bed and he woke me up chirping and shivering now he feels better pacing. He is shivering and panting because I think he is in pain. I have not seen him poop in awhile. What do you think?
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What is the toy poodle's name and age?
Customer: Billie nine years old
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Billie?
Customer: He has bad teeth but we have addressed this issue. He is not the healthiest dog from nutritional stand point he was my elderly mother's dog. She unfortunately did not feed him well. We taught him a lot about eating and even taught him how to go up and down stairs. We wondered if he drank water from a plant saucer on the deck so we got rid of them. These symptoms come and go.
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 4 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian. I do apologize that your question was not answered before now, but different experts do come online at different times. Anyway, I have just come online, read about your situation and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not assist you before. If you would still like help, can you tell me

How long has it been since his last bowel movement?

Has he been straining like he needs to go?

Are his gums pink or pale/white? Sticky or moist?

If you press on his belly, does he have any discomfort, tensing or pain?

Could he have eaten anything he should not have (ie plants, toxins, toys, bones, medications, etc)?