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My 5 lb shih is uncomfortably constipated and trying so hard

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my 5 lb shih is uncomfortably constipated and trying so hard to go but can't
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hello, I am afraid that the expert you have requested is not currently available. Still I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Now I have to say that I am quite concerned to hear that Sophie is straining so hard. If she is in discomfort with this already, we may need to consider getting her seen by her vet for an enema to remove what feces is present in her colon first.
Otherwise, instead of the pumpkin (which is a good fiber source to maintain regularity), I would suggest focusing on lubricating her gut to get this to pass for her. In regards ***** ***** options, you can try cat hairball medication (ie. Catalax, Laxatone, etc) just now. Alternatively, you can administer a small volume of Miralax (1 tsp per 24 hours), lactulose or food grade mineral oil orally. It would be ideal to give in food (to avoid aspiration) but you can carefully administer this orally via syringe. These will hopefully get things moving in her GI and reduce her signs sooner.
While treating with this, you do need to monitor her closely. Keep a close eye on her urination and her stools. If we don't see either within a few hours of administering these, then it is best to have her checked by your local vet to get that struck feces out. Just to note, other signs to monitor for to tell us if this is causing serious issue (or if we have a blockage) would be restlessness, lethargy, vomiting with blood or coffee ground type material, inability to keep any food or water down, anorexia, pale gums, straining to pass feces or passage of black feces (digested blood). Any of these signs, then we'd be concerned that this is quite severe and want her checked.
Overall, if she is really straining, we do need to tread with care. Therefore, at this point you can consider the GI lubricants to see if you can get her to pass stool and settle. But while doing so, we need to monitor for those other signs and any deterioration. If she doesn't pass stool or isn't settling over the next few hours, then it'd be best to have her vet check her to make sure there is nothing in her gut causing a blockage and have her treated with an enema to clear this and get her back to being comfortable.
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I hope this information is helpful.
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All the best, *****
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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 2 years ago.
Hi Heather,

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