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My dog is shaking and walking slow. she seems to be in pain,

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My dog is shaking and walking slow. she seems to be in pain, not sure where it's coming from but I think she's having trouble pooping. What can I do for her at home and at what point should I take her to a vet?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  CriticalCareVet replied 4 years ago.

CriticalCareVet :

Welcome to JustAnswer! I am a licensed veterinarian and would be glad to help!

CriticalCareVet :

When was the last bowel movement?

CriticalCareVet :

Is there straining to defecate?


It seems like there is straining. She finally had a very tiny dime shaped bowel movement but that's it

CriticalCareVet :

When did this first start?


Friday afternoon


just figured out that it seems like she's trying to poop

CriticalCareVet :

Regarding the bowel movements, these suggestions should help:

- Offer milk. The reason for this is that most dogs are mildly lactose intolerant and milk will have a natural laxative effect, just like it will in people that are lactose intolerant.

- You can also try a hairball product such as Laxatone - LINK HERE these are usually petroleum based and will allow for easier passage for the feces.

- Encouraged water/drinking is also recommended as the colon normally reabsorbs water in the body if the patient is dehdyrated, thus making more firm stool that is uncomfortable to pass. If we increase water and hydration, we can then get softer stool that is easier to pass

- Another option is over the counter Miralax, 1/4 teaspoon every 12 hours (LINK HERE)

- Finally, if very concerned you may want to try oral remedies such mineral oil. This can be purchased at your local pharmacy. You can give 3ml by mouth every 12 hours in an attempt to relieve the discomfort.

- Your veterinarian can also prescribe a specific medication, "Lactulose" if the signs do not resolve with the recommendations listed above.

I hope this information helps!

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thank you

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You are very welcome.

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