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She cannot poop....keeps going...

She cannot poop....keeps going outside and squatting but unable to poop

Veterinarian's Assistant: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?

Flower, basset, 8 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: What is the dog's name?

Flower, basset and 8 years

Veterinarian's Assistant: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?

She has allergies but is taking Apoquel

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Dog Veterinary
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago
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Dog Veterinarian: Dr Scott Nimmo, Dog Veterinarian replied 10 months ago

Hello again,

Sorry to hear Flower is uncomfortable, however I have worked out an answer for you below.

1. If she is constipated you may want to try oral remedies such mineral oil { Liquid Paraffin } which is an over the counter product available from your chemist or pharmacy to relieve your dog's constipation, this type of product is very gentle and safe. The dose rate for a dog of your one's size would be in the region of 5 ml twice a day orally. A small syringe you can also pick up at the pharmacy would be a good aid in administering this product.

{ Until you can pick up the mineral oil you can safely substitute olive oil or vegetable cooking oil }

2. On a home remedy basis one of the other things that might help is canned pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling, this is a gentle stool softener for dogs which makes it a good natural remedy for constipation. You could try one tablespoons twice a day for a dog of Flower's breed.

3. But be aware that there would be two kinds of constipation in the dog, the first would be a simple or primary constipation which happens now and again and is not related to any disease process and may be related to feeding, or perhaps giving bones, this form will often quickly respond to the above common sense sort of treatment.

4. But dogs can appear to be constipated on a secondary basis for other reasons such as bowel obstruction or other serious diseases, this of course is rare and you would usually see other signs related to this situation. But for this reason if the problem persists or other symptoms appear you should consider having a vet check your dog over sooner rather than later.

6. But in any case I should be available online for you the next four or five hours today so please do not hesitate to get straight back to me if Flower's condition changes in any way or you would like to talk things over with me further.

Regards,

Dr Scott
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