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1- How much does he weigh?
2- Is he straining to defecate?
3- How long since last time he had a bowel movement?
He weighs approximately 26 pounds. Yes he is straining to defecate. Yesterday last time he had bowel movement.
Friend, 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 to 1 tablespoon of canned pumpkin to his food.
3- As a stool softener you can give him 1/2 teaspoon of Miralax every 24 hours or Mineral oil 2 to 3 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 family veterinarian for a hands on examination.Please do not forget to rate my answer - I hope you found it to be excellent. If there’s more I can do, please use the reply tab and let me know. It’s my goal to provide you with excellent service." Thank you for your business and I hope to work with you again soon!Dr. Peter