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1) Are you seeing any item from her rectum? 2) Any history of foreign body ingestion? 3) Any vomiting? 4) Still eating? 5) Has she produced any stool at all? If so, what was the consistency?
It sounds like she is having some constipation. If this persists, she needs to go to a veterinarian to be checked it. One thing we worry about is that dogs can ingest things that won't pass. In this case, surgical removal may be needed. Another concern we have with straining is that a dog's colorectal tissue may prolapse, moving from inside of the body to the outside.To help her go, you can give 1 tsp of mineral oil per 10# ***** body weight. You can also help to bulk her stool up by adding pumpkin to her food (use pure canned pumpkin). The mineral oil can be dosed like this once to twice daily.If she does not have a bowel movement tomorrow that produces more stool, I would urge you to have her examined. She could possibly be in need of an enema. The route the vet would take to treat her would depend on her symptoms at the time of presentation. And, of course, if she worsens make sure to have her examined sooner.
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