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My dog is older and not very mobile. We can tell he needs to

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My dog is older and not very mobile. We can tell he needs to go to the bathroom but he's having a problem squatting. His abdomen is very rigid and he is panting.
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 today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

I am very sorry to hear that your lad is struggling so.

Based on what you have reported, I am concerned that he may be developing constipation secondary to having struggles posturing to pass stool. In this case, if you find that his belly is sore, he is in severe discomfort, has pale gums, or is vomiting; we'd want to have him seen urgently for dog safe pain relief, a check up (to makes sure enlarged organs, blockages, or tumors are not precipitating this) and potentially an enema.

Otherwise, if his signs are mild, we'd want to take some steps to help him pass stool and also ease his joint discomfort. For the former, we can help get stool moving by adding a Gi lubricant to his food. Examples of this are cat hairball treatment, Lactulose, Miralax, or food grade mineral oil. These can just help lubricate the gut and help things slide through with less trouble. As well, to help keep him regular, you can add fiber (ie canned pumpkin, all bran, 0.25tsp Metamucil mixed in canned food).

Furthermore, we need to ease those sore joints which are at the root of his struggles. If his signs are mild, then OTCjoint supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, omega 3 fish oils and Duralactin can be of benefit. Though if he is really struggling, then we'd want his local vet to also add in a dog safe anti-inflammatory (ie Metacam, Rimadyl, Onsior, etc). These can give our sore old dogs a new lease on life and could address both issues to get him back to feeling like himself.

Kind regards,

Dr. B.


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