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Experience:  AAS Vet Tech. Bully breed rehab & Behavior modification
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What is a good laxative to give my dog. She is about 10

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What is a good laxative to give my dog. She is about 10 years old, weighs about 20 lbs. Has lost most of her appetite, and has not been able to have a bowel movement for a couple of days.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

Hi there. My name is ***** ***** I'm happy to help you with your question today. Just like an in person consult, I have some questions of my own to help ensure I give you the best advice possible...

Could Biscuit have eaten anything unusual?

Has she been doing any vomiting or attempting to vomit with no success?

Is her belly hard to the touch or soft?

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Am not aware of her eating anything abnormal, her belly/abnomen feels normal, and have not seen her trying to vomet. Just trying unsuccessfully to have a bowel movement.
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

Great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.

The best and safest over-the-counter option to get a dog over a bout of consitpation is plain old canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling).

1/2 a can at meal time twice a day is usually enough to get things moving in the right direction.

If you give her the pumpkin, and she still doesn't defecate within a day, then you should have your vet take a peek, just in case she needs to be manually disimpacted.

I hope this helps.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
She has no appetite, don't know if she will eat it
Expert:  Lisa replied 2 years ago.

If she won't eat it, then have your vet take a peek.