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I have a 4.5 month old Maltipoo. Over the last 2 weeks she

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I have a 4.5 month old Maltipoo. Over the last 2 weeks she has developed extreme difficulties when attempting to defecate. Friday the vet stated her anal glands were clean, however, Friday night she cried out when attempting and again this morning. Yesterday she had soft very small diameter movements. Since Friday she has been on a constant diet of Royal Canine puppy canned food with a little puppy milk added. to soften. She has another vet appointment in the AM. SHold I consider taking her to a demergency vet today?
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. The noise must be worrying. I'll connect you to the Veterinarian. What is the Royal's name?
Customer: canned puppy variety.
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the Royal?
Customer: no
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 6 months ago.

Hello, I'm Dr. Deb and will do my best to help you today.

I'm sorry for this concern about your puppy. I do have a few questions to ask about her first if you don't mind:

1. I'm assuming she's straining to produce a bowel movement, correct?

2. Are her stools loose or formed this morning?

3. Is she otherwise acting like a puppy her age should?

Thanks, Deb

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
1) Correct
2) Unable to produce a stool today
3) Yes with the exception of stopping play to attempt a bowel movement.
Friday was firm and gooey, Yesterday was much looser.
Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 6 months ago.

Thanks for the answers to my questions.

Please give me a few minutes to type back a response for you. My answers tend to be a little on the lengthy side so I'll thank you in advance for your patience. Deb

Expert:  Dr. Deb replied 6 months ago.

Straining to produce a bowel movement can be seen with either constipation or with looser stools, unfortunately. But, it sounds as if her colon is irritated which is why she's straining and she's not really constipated.

While I understand that she's likely to be uncomfortable, I wouldn't necessarily consider this to be an ER situation..not yet, anyway. I have a few suggestions which may help today although if she's consistently painful when she defecates, then this probably requires further evaluation by your vet tomorrow, given her age.

1. Feed a bland diet of 1 part boiled, skinless, boneless chicken breast (or hamburg) to 4 parts 20-minute white rice. Feed only a small amount of one time, 3-4 times through the day. I would not feed any regular dog food. While this bland diet isn't going to be balanced for her, a few days will be fine.

2. If she is not currently taking any aspirin or nsaid products (although I don't why why she would be) and is not vomiting, then you can give Regular Strength Pepto Bismol. The dose would be 1 ml per 10 lbs of body weight 2-3 times a day. For example, if she weighs about 10 pounds, her dose would be 1 ml or about 1/4th of a teaspoon 2-3 times a day.

Pepto bismol should not be given to vomiting dogs since it contains salicylates(the active ingredient in Aspirin) which can irritate the stomach.

3. I'd start her on a good quality, canine probiotic such as Forti Flora or Resources Protegrity GI. These products can be extremely useful for gastrointestinal issues (and to help strengthen the immune system as well). They may be available at local pet/grain stores or can be purchased online or I'm certain your vet will have them, too.

Small dogs this age often slightly over-react to things but she shouldn't be painful when she tries to defecate as you know. But, at this point, it should be fine to wait until tomorrow to see your regular vet.

I hope this helps. Deb