How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Lisa Your Own Question
Lisa, Certified Vet Tech
Category: Dog
Satisfied Customers: 16030
Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
Type Your Dog Question Here...
Lisa is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How long can my dog go without pooping?

Customer Question

How long can my dog go without pooping?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 4 years ago.

Hi Jacustomer-2ewwzp6r~

Under normal circumstances, if a dog goes longer than 48 hours without defecating then there could be something seriously wrong going on.

Things that would cause a dog to be unable to defecate would be:

Constipation...often giving the dog some canned dog food (which is higher in liquid) and some canned pumpkin (only real pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling) as a fiber addition will get things moving in the right direction.

Ingestion of a foreign body...if your dog has had any rawhides, bones, or if he eats non-food items such as socks, toys, towels, ect..then your dog should be seen by an emergency vet tonight for an x-ray to find where the blockage may be.

Recent diarrhea....if a dog has had several bouts of diarrhea in a short amount of time, it may take a day or two for them to defecate normally again. This is because the colon is empty, and it won't be refilled until the dog eats several times, and digests the food.

If your dog seems painful in the abdomen, has been attempting to defecate of vomit with no success, or seems lethargic, then you need to have him seen immediately by an emergency vet.

I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
She is a year old, and has had a change in her environment- doggie day care and we are on vacation at a cabin. She is acting totally normal in all other ways- not eating as much as normal and no poop since wednesday. She is drinking and peeing normally, and she did vomit once today at doggie day care. She does, however, vomit when she does not eat enough.
Expert:  Lisa replied 4 years ago.

If you're positive that she hasn't defecated at doggy day care...then I'd start with giving her some canned pumpkin (squash will do the same thing, actually). A couple tablespoons should get things moving along.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
I am not sure- I asked but they did not know.. Change of staff.
If I give it to her, and she did poop today, will it simply make her "runny" or are there other side effects?
Expert:  Lisa replied 4 years ago.

It will simply make things a bit looser, due to the fiber.

There are no other side effects since it's simply pumpkin.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
< Previous | Next >
  • You are a light at the end of scary tunnel when $ are tight, but people need professional help to turn to for help with their dear pets! Linh Charleston, WV
  • $1,000 spent at his vet, and I finally get the correct diagnosis from Nancy Holmes for $15 Carol Cedar Hill, MO
  • I think this is the greatest web site in the world. Thanks to all! Judy New Haven, CT
  • I have referred several friends to your web site. I'm impressed with how easy it is to use your site, the Experts available and the quickness of answers. Nina USA
  • I am completely pleased with the quick response that I received in our time of need for our dog, Jasmine. I couldn't believe how quick the response was and I thank you. It's good to know you're there!! Jasmine's Mom USA
  • Please let everyone involved with your site know that your Expert, Dr. Lucy, has saved my dog's life. I will recommend your site to all my pet loving friends. Thank you again for simply being there! Sonya G Easley, SC
  • Last night my Expert spent close to 3 hours working with me on my dog's illness. Thank you so much for this opportunity to share in her care and knowledge! Cathie M Pompano Beach, FL

Meet The Experts:

  • Dr. Gary

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
< Last | Next >
  • Dr. Gary's Avatar

    Dr. Gary

    Dog Veterinarian

    Satisfied Customers:

    DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
  • Joan's Avatar


    Vet Tech

    Satisfied Customers:

    Vet Tech for over 35+ years working w/Dogs/Rescues
  • Candy's Avatar


    Veterinary Technician

    Satisfied Customers:

    Practicing Veterinary Technician for 26 years.Former Veterinary Practice Owner, Technician Trainer
  • Dr. Andy's Avatar

    Dr. Andy

    Medical Director

    Satisfied Customers:

    UC Davis Graduate, Interests: Dermatology, Internal Medicine, Pain Management
  • Theresa's Avatar


    A Voice for Your Pet

    Satisfied Customers:

    19+ years experience in small animal medicine
  • 's Avatar

    Satisfied Customers:

  • Dr. Drew's Avatar

    Dr. Drew


    Satisfied Customers:

    Small Animal Medicine and Surgery