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Old 19-01-2014, 08:25 PM
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Constipation

Tess, our seven month old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell seems a bit constipated today. She managed to go first thing - around 7am - but nothing since then. She is normally pretty regularly. She has rushed to the back door a couple of times and has tried, on more than one occasion, to get something out with no luck. Any suggestions as to how we can help her?

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Old 19-01-2014, 08:30 PM
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Re: Constipation

Have you changed her food at all and does she have access to plenty water?

We have an old Staffy girl, Leah, and we had a similar problem with her last year. She went a day and a half without producing anything. I spoke to my vet and they said constipation in a dog is potentially more serious than in a human and if she hadn't pooped in two days, I should take her in.

I got Leah 'moving' again with Weetabix, in warm milk, with a tiny amount of sugar.

I believe that sardines in a small amount of oil can do the trick too. x
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Re: Constipation

My Poppy had a problem a few months ago after eating something on the beach, when it did eventually appear the other end and the vet examined it she thought it was some kind of natural tree resin or other gluey type stuff which had formed into a large, hard, stool shape/size. We had a few days of very intermittent pooping (longest time between poops was 39 hours) and the vet suggested adding some natural bran to her food (not the All Bran type of bran, the natural stuff you get from a health food type shop) to help try to move things through. She said if she was still struggling after a week then she would suggest liquid paraffin but that's not something I personally would do without directions from a vet.
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Tess, our seven month old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell seems a bit constipated today. She managed to go first thing - around 7am - but nothing since then. She is normally pretty regularly. She has rushed to the back door a couple of times and has tried, on more than one occasion, to get something out with no luck. Any suggestions as to how we can help her?

Thanks, Em
You could try giving her a small bowl of milk that often sorts it or a small amount of olive oil on her food. Don't try both at the same time though as it could make he too loose and create another problem. A little Coconut oil is another thing you can use. She also needs to drink plenty of water as if they don't drink enough fluid that can cause constipation especially if totally on a dry food diet.

If she carries on trying and nothing seems to be working then its probably wise to get it checked out as there may be a reason that she cant pass any stools and especially if other signs develop like vomiting, especially soon or awhile after eating, being lethargic, depressed or generally off colour. Or even if she tries to wretch and vomit and nothing comes up. If its constipation then when they do pass stools they are usually small nugget types and very hard and dry.
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Old 19-01-2014, 08:53 PM
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Re: Constipation

Max had a bout of this last week. Went a bit hell for leather with his bone. I asked the vet if there was anything I could give as and when this happens and she also suggested a bit of liquid paraffin.
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Re: Constipation

We haven't changed her food and she has access to water. She hasn't, as far as I am aware, eaten anything she shouldn't (although you never know with puppies as they seem to steal and swallow things so quickly!). She isn't lethargic and hasn't been sick. Fingers crossed she will
Manage to go tomorrow. Will try some olive oil
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Re: Constipation

There is one super easy way we raw feeders sort constipation, feed a meal of liver. Raw preferably but lightly cooked if you wish. Your pooping problem will be resolved. Feed about 2% of your dogs idea weight in raw liver.
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