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My dog has been constipated 3 days what can I give m?

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My dog has been constipated for like 3 days what can I give him?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.

Now if Cujo isn’t passing stool, then we do need to tread with care and give a bit of assistance at this stage. Of course, if you see any vomiting, belly pain, lack of appetite, and if he were to become distressed with this; then we’d need to have him seen urgently by his vet. Though as long as we are not, there are a few tricks you can try at home.

To start, we can help relieve mild constipation by using some cow milk. This is because they are like little lactose intolerant people and therefore this can help move things down the gut a bit quicker.

Or you can treat him with a dose of OTC cat hairball medication. This works to lubricate the gut and can facilitate the movement of hard feces out of the rectum. Alternatively, we could also mix a small volume of a GI lubricant (ie Miralax, lactulose, or food grade mineral oil) into his food. Do avoid giving it directly, since we’d want to avoid any aspiration risk.

Further to this, if he is eating you can mix in some fiber(ie a spoonful of canned pumpkin, all bran, or a 1/4 teaspoon of unflavored Metamucil) into his food. Just like people, these can restore fecal output regularity. When offering these, its best to use wet food both for ease of feeding but also since canned food is 35% water. It’s a good way to make sure we are getting fluids into him. As well, you also want to encourage him to drink by offering fresh water, low salt chicken broth, or even lactose free milk.The increase in fluids with avoid any dehydration risk, which can make constipation worse.

So, the above treatments would be our options at this stage.Of course, as you use these, do keep a close eye on his fecal output.Hopefully, we will see some feces, but if we don’t in the next 12-24 hours, or he begins to vomit or worsen at all, then we’d need to get your local vet involved. Severe impactions of feces are usually secondary to more serious diseases, so if Cujo doesn't respond to our gentle colon cleaning treatments,then he may require more aggressive treatment (ie enemas under sedation).

I hope this information is helpful.

If you need any additional information, do not hesitate to ask!

All the best,

Dr. B.


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