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My dog cannot urinate or deficate and does not want food or

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My dog cannot urinate or deficate and does not want food or water. He is not running a fever, nor is he lethargic. He had loose, soft stool for a few days prior to this.
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Chad replied 8 years ago.

Hi sterlingsmom,


Sorry to hear about his problems. When you say cannot urinate or defecate, do you mean he is trying to do both and nothing is coming out? Or he just isn't going?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
He is trying to go but cannot. Sometimes he will cry when he tries.
Expert:  Dr. Chad replied 8 years ago.
So he isn't having a bm or urinating at all. I am most interested in the urination. If he isn't urinating AT ALL, that is a big problem.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
He urinated this afternoon when I got home from work. He has not wanted any water since then so he may have emptied himself out. He tries to defacate every 5 minutes or so but cannot. He yelps when he tries. As a puppy, he does try to eat everything in sight. We watch him like a hawk, but could he have gotten something that have caused a blockage?
Expert:  Dr. Chad replied 8 years ago.
Ok. I suspected the problem was more straining with stools. It is possible he could have something stuck if he swallowed something he shouldn't have. But more likely he has worms or a protozoal parasites. I would recommend your vet checking a stool sample and examining him for signs of something stuck. Your vet would have medicines that should clear things up quickly unless it is something stuck. Then your vet may need to at least sedate and possibly anethetize and perform surgery to fix.
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