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My yorkie has not been able to have a bowel movement in about

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My yorkie has not been able to have a bowel movement in about 4 days. Eating and drinking fine, does not appear to be in discomfort. Should I take him to emergency vet that is open today? (Sunday)
Thank you.
Hi Wendy,
Thanks for your question. I have a few questions that will allow me to assist you better.

Has he had anything different to eat this week? Any bones or rawhides? Any recent food changes?

Has he ever gone this long before?

Finally, any straining or recent diarrhea, or anything else you can think of?

Dr. Devlin
Customer: replied 6 years ago.

Only thing that has been different this week is that I got him some "new" bully sticks the other day. He has had these for the last year and never had any problems, but these were from a different store (Costco). He has always gone once a day like clockwork. No straining or diarrhea. Am thinking this could be cause of constipation??

Also, my mom has come for a visit, could a change in people in the house be causing some psychological event? Just trying to figure this out.



Can I ask what bully sticks are?

Has your mom slipped him any different food, treats, bread or cheese?

Yes, the visit could have affected his normal habits, although 4 days is a little long. Sometime the extra fiber from the pumpkin can worsen constipation if he is not drinking enough water. Hopefully he isn't dehydrated.

I would encourage him to drink water - consider ice cubes, adding some low sodium chicken broth to his water, some chicken soup, etc. Please bundle him up (if it's cold where you live) and take him for a good brisk walk to encourage him to defecate. He may need several walks today.

If he hasn't had a bowel movement by morning, or develops other symptoms, I would contact your regular veterinarian to be seen for a possible enema.

Best luck!
Dr. Devlin
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