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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian; BS (Physiology) Michigan State Univ
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My dog has been trouble pooping. When she it's like she

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My dog has been trouble pooping. When she poops it's like she isn't getting it all out.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: i meant to add more it just sent before I could type.. today she did it again she's been dragging her butt on the ground I picked her up and it was like a nickel sized hard as a rock poop this wouldn't come out about 5 mins later it came out but her behind is still hard. Her name is ***** ***** she is 8 months old
JA: Is there anything else important you think the veterinarian should know about Maggie?
Customer: No
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Roger L. Welton, DVM replied 10 months ago.


Primary constipation is not very common in dogs, so I typically am looking for an underlying reason when we see a patient having trouble moving their bowels. I would begin with a parasite check, as parasites can inflame the bowel to cause secondary constipation. Certain worm parasites can partially obstruct the bowel, so that is another reason to check. You can collect a sample and drop it off at your vet for a simple parasite check any time.

Regarding helping with the direct clinics symptoms, I would consider adding some fiber to the diet. This is easily accomplished by adding 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin for every ten pounds your puppy weighs. Once she is producing normal stools, I would stop the pumpkin and see how she does from there.

Expert:  Roger L. Welton, DVM replied 10 months ago.

Do you have any follow up on my consultation?

Expert:  Roger L. Welton, DVM replied 10 months ago.

Okay, I am going to go ahead and exit the chat. You can still post follow up questions if you have any. Quick correction, dose for pumpkin is 1/2 TABLESPOON per 10 pounds of body weight per day, NOT 1.2 a teaspoon. Wish you and your dog the vert best! Thanks for choosing Just Answer!

Best regards,

Dr. Roger Welton