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Thanks for trusting me to help you and Zoe pet today. I am a licensed veterinarian with over 30 years of experience and would be happy work with you but need a bit more information to better assist you if you don’t mind.
How long has the constipation been going on?
Was she eating well before it started?
Has she been examined for this by a veterinarian?
How often does she pass stool and what does it look like?
Thanks and I will respond further after you reply. There may be a slight delay while I formulate and type a thorough response or I may be offline, but if so, I will respond as soon as I am able.
I don't finding a food she will accept is the answer, as if she is really that constipated, she may start to refuse all food. The key is to find out why and to try to soften up her stools. It would really be best to have her examine first as there may be a blockage that is leading to her troubles or there may be an issue with her anal glands or rectum. Your vet would need to perform a rectal exam to determine that.
In the meantime, I would offer foods with ample moisture. Canned food with extra broth added or even bland human food, such as boiled chicken or ground beef.
The human product Miralax® powder is very effective and safe. Use 1/4 to 1/2 tsp mixed in with canned food twice a day. It is an agent that draws water into the stool to help keep it soft and easier to pass.
I hope this is helpful. Please let me know if you have ANY other questions. My goal is to give you 100% satisfaction and if you are not yet satisfied, please reply so I can clarify for you.
My posted replies are for general education only and not meant as a diagnosis. Only after a thorough veterinary examination can a diagnosis for your pet be made and specific treatments be advised or medications be prescribed.