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He has been on his meds since 9/18 - should he still be hurting when he goes to the bathroom? He had eaten a "brittle" bone that he found in our yard and that is the reason for the inflammation. He has been to my vet and they did keep him and run tests on him to check his intestines and bowel and did not find any of the bone left but his colon was inflamed and full of feces. He seems to not want to go to the bathroom. Right now he is panting and can not seem to get comfortable. I have walked him a little to see if he will use the bathroom. Can I give him anything to help him "go"?
If he's been on drugs for 10 days, I would expect him to be feeling better if the bone was the cause of the problem in the first place.Softening the stool may definitely help. Options include:
1. Laxatone or Laxaire (or similar products) which are hairball laxatives for cats. These products will work very well on a smaller dog. They are available at pet or grain stores. You would give 2-3 inches 2-3 times a day.
2. Canned pumpkin (NOT the pie mix); ½ -1 tsp daily in food
3. Over the counter, human Miralax 1/4-1/2th tsp twice daily can work very well.
4. Oral Docusate Sodium (Colace) 25 mg once or twice a day for small dogs.
5. You could give him an enema but this probably wouldn't be such a good choice if his colon is inflammed. But a single pediatric glycerin suppository could be used. (LINK)
Thank you - I just took him outside and he is not constipated, he did not yelp or whine when he used the bathroom, but his stool was pretty dark and kind of hard. Could that be from the meds? Also, can I give him a stool softener with the meds he is on?
Again, thank you - I can just tell that he is either in pain or very uncomfortable by the way he is panting. He just had an ACL repair done back in July and that is what he did after the surgery. He is still eating but just not acting like himself today.
Thank you for the rating and bonus; it's greatly appreciated. I also wanted to wish you the best with Bolt. I hope he's feeling better soon.
Kindly ignore the request for additional information. Regards, Deb