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3 week old pug puppy with a hard tummy JA: Thanks. Can you

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3 week old pug puppy with a hard tummy
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Customer: She is bottle feed, but since yesterday first she was constipated and I got her to go a bit but her tummy is still hard
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Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 7 months ago.
Hello and welcome, I am Dr. B and would like to help you today. Now constipation is quite common with botlle fed pups, so we do always need to tread with care. As long as she isn't sore or straining (signs we'd want her vet to give her an enema) , there are some steps you can use just now. To start, since this can often be due to their milk replacer being too concentrated, consider watering her feeds down with water or an electrolyte solution. As well, you can add a small dose of OTC cat hair ball treatment to her milk. This is a mild GI lubricant and can help ease the passage of hard feces. Finally if she is severely constipated, we can also add a few drops of Miralax or Lactulose to her milk. If you use these, do so with care since we don't want her aspirating any. And again if she shows those signs I noted or doesn't start passing stool with the above, then we'd want her vet to check her and give a gentle enema to clear her out.Please take care,Dr. B