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Greetings, I’m Dr. Peck, a small animal veterinarian in general practice. Hopefully I might be of some help. One moment while I reply…
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With this sort of presentation I'd suggest a few things...
First off, I'd do a complete physical examination. Given the concern here, this would include rectal palpation/exam to check for any abnormalities.
If all is normal there, I'd suggest a fecal parasite check to look for evidence of internal parasites that could be related to these issues.
I'd also suggest some routine labwork (bloodwork, urinalysis) to assess internal organ function. The reason for this is dogs with other concurrent disease will sometimes run a bit dehydrated and be thus predisposed to constipation issues.
If all checked out very normally, we might then look at a diet change, intestinal lubricants like lactulose, adding fiber to meals, etc. to help with the constipation. It's a common senior dog issue, which for a small breed dog 9 years old is considered almost a senior, and often times some minor changes like a change in diet or giving lactulose as-needed will suffice to manage the issues.
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