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Constipation. Louis, he's 16. He doesn't always poop daily…

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Louis, he's 16

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He doesn't always poop daily but he's only had small amounts over the last 4 days after a bout with vomiting and diarrhea

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Dr. Peter
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1- Has he been eating as usual?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK, fyi - I've added 1 tbsp of pumpkin tid over the last two days

1- Has he been eating as usual?

2- Is he trying to defecate?

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
eating as usual, not even trying to defecate

Please give me 5-10 minutes to type your answer. No need to accept the phone call request. Thank you.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
OK, this is my first time using this service.

The key to constipation is adequate hydration. This is what you can do:

1- Get him to drink more by offering low sodium chicken broth.

2- Add 1-2 teaspoon of canned pumpkin to his food.

3- As a stool softener, you can give a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of Miralax every 24 hours or Mineral oil 1 to 2 teaspoon every 12 hours. You can find these over the counter in any pharmacy.

4- You can also give milk as a stool softener; normally it causes diarrhea but in cases of constipation will act as a stool softener.

5- If he does not have a bowel movement within 12 hours of doing the above I would have him checked by a veterinarian for a hands-on examination.

My goal is to provide you with excellent service - I hope I've provided the information you were seeking, if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.

Dr. Peter

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Bless your heart, thank you! Some of it I'm already doing, so I'll give the rest a try. Great!

You're welcome.:)

God bless you too! :)

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
oops, one more thing, how much milk?

You can give him 1/4 cup.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Got it. You won't believe this, but he just pooped! It's a bit hard, but a good amount.

Fantastic! :)

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I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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