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Rebecca, Dog Veterinarian
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My lab is having constipation issue need advise or something

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My lab is having constipation issue need advise or something that will help him also having trouble urinating
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.


I am sorry to hear you are worried about your Lab. Some additional information will help me, since I can't see and examine him. I am a veterinarian, my name is ***** ***** I will do my best to help.

I see he is having trouble passing both urine and feces. Does he strain, and pass very little stool? Or is he passing no stool at all?

Is he eating and drinking?

Does he have any problems with his back end such as arthritis, trouble getting up and down?

Is he neutered?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
George Hasn't' been eating or drinking today he wasn't'been neutered has artheritis ln his joint has trouble urinating and has trouble with his bowels
Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Thank you for the additional information.

Since he is having trouble with both his bowels and his bladder, I am concerned this could be an enlarged prostate gland, which could push and compress both his colon and his bladder emptying.

It could also be due to a problem with his spine and spinal cord. Older dogs can get DM, degenerative myelopathy, which can affect the normal function of his bladder and bowels.

If he is not eating and drinking, that is his way of saying he does not feel good. If he were mine, I would begin with a good physical exam, and do an internal rectal exam with my finger to see what his prostate feels like. If he can't urinate or defecate at all, this might become an emergency. I would not be trying to treat him at home if he were my own dog; he needs to see his veterinarian as soon as possible.

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

Let me know how he is doing and what other questions I can answer. Rebecca

Expert:  Rebecca replied 1 year ago.

How is George doing? Rebecca