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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear that your Willie has loose stools. Unfortunately he is straining due to colonic spasms and not constipation so we need to treat the diarrhea not issues with the inability to defecate. It is quite common after adoption due to stress causing the gut to become hypermotileI can give you some basic suggestions but if there is no change please consider a veterinary exam and fecal evaluation to ensure there is nothing more serious going on with her digestive tract but diarrhea can also be an early indicator of other problems that may require attention to prevent progression to weight loss, vomiting, decreased appetite- White rice and lean boiled meat such chicken but waiting 4-6 hours after the straining has subsided to begin this regimen in small more frequent meals- Take Willie on a walk, leash walks will help reduce the spasms and hopefully get him comfortable- Pepcid (famotidine) 0.5 mg/ kg every 12 hours to help settle her stomach. If you have omeprazole that is also an option for settling the stomach at 1 mg/kg daily- Canned pumpkin 1 tbsp twice daily can also help firm up stoolsIf there is any blood or mucus in the stools as well please consider a veterinary exam sooner rather than later to ensure that we treat more aggressively for these symptoms. In addition, monitor for signs of nausea (licking lips, increased salivation, eating grass) as well.Please let me know how else I can assist you both today. I hope your new adoption is feeling better soon!
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I am glad to see you were able to view my responses earlier, I wanted to check in on Willie to see how he is feeling after we spoke? I would love an update when you are able.
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