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Walter, Breeder
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my dog acts like she needs to poop but cant

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my dog acts like she needs to poop but cant
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Walter replied 7 years ago.

To cure the immediate problem you can start by mixing 1 teaspoon of pumpkin into her meals to get the digestive track regular again. If you need to you can add some more until a stool is produced. Canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filler) is a natural laxative that will help produce stools quickly and effectively and is good for her digestive track.

Sometimes constipation is from not getting enough fiber into your dogs diet or because the dog isn't getting enough fresh water. If this becomes a problem you may want to look into increasing fiber into the diet.

Another reason for constipation can be a blockage from something she ate such as garbage, or a broken bit of bone or toy, if you believe this may be the case of the constipation, I would highly recommend a trip to her vet. When a pet has a blockage, they may exhibit any of the following symptoms: vomiting, loss of appetite, distended belly, an absence of feces or a change in the feces, blood in the stool or vomit, drooling, and retching or trying to vomit with the meal coming up or nothing coming up. If your pet exhibits one or more of these signs a trip to the vet is highly recommended.