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    10-26-2010, 12:55 PM
Exclamation Constipated Dog?

I need to know what to do about a dog having constipation. I have an 11 yo shiz zu *sp* that hasn't had a bowel movement since yesterday morning. She ate some 2% milk that had iced and someone had dumped at the campsite on Sunday. I know that's what it was because I asked the people that were in that spot, and I stopped her right away knowing that milk can constipate both dogs and cats. This is the only thing that she's had other than her dog food. She ate a little bit yesterday, but was just laying around yesterday evening...instead of acting her playful puppy self. When I went to pick her up off of the chair last night to take her out to potty, she yipped. My DH can't touch her at all without her yipping. I'm worried about her, but he won't let me take her to the vet yet.... His response to my telling him that she needs to go was, "Wait til at least Friday. Maybe she'll start feeling better once she poops. Ask some of those people on that forum that you're on." My vet fund is getting ready to plummet drastically (or be totally drained) because of a couple of tumors that Rosie has to have taken out. I have to ensure that I'm going to have enough to cover that surgery and the labs when he sends them out to be tested.

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!! I'm very worried about my little Jasmine.
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    10-26-2010, 01:00 PM
Charli, it does sound as if she's constipated, but dogs don't always defecate on a daily basis. In fact, they can store up to a week's worth of stool in their intestines.

If you're really worried, try adding some plain canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) or bran cereal to her food. If you can get some Metamucil into her, that can help too.

Don't use mineral oil, as it's contraindicated for dogs.
    10-26-2010, 01:15 PM
Another vote for pumpkin. And surprisingly, most animals like it.
    10-26-2010, 01:24 PM
Thanks guys!!!!

Her normal routine has been go out and do #1 & #2 in the morning, then again after I get home. All times after that it's just #1. I do have a couple of cans of just plain old pumpkin at home though. I'll try it as soon as I get there this evening. She's just so little and old (for a dog). My little sister had owned her since she was 6 weeks old, but gave her to me last November because she didn't have time to take proper care of her with two babies. I know the little dogs can live much longer, but she's already started losing teeth and is going blind. I'm still hoping to have her around for a long time though.
    10-26-2010, 01:27 PM
The yelping is worrisome. I assume it is out of character for her.

If she continues that, and your Hubby will not stop being short sited (waiting might lead to an expensive vet visit vs a relatively routine vet visit) can you call your sister and ask her to fund the vet visit?

Have you called the vet to ask for their advice?
    10-26-2010, 01:28 PM
I had a friend who had a toy poodle that lived to be 21 y/o. That dog was completely blind and toothless, but was fairly healthy up to the day she died.

She was evil too, which probably helped. Only the good die young!
    10-26-2010, 01:40 PM
The yelping is completely out of character for her. She's usually so playful and happy that she'll jump from the ground on cue right up into my arms to catch her. She was jumping from the floor onto our bed, which I have problems getting into at times because it's so high, just this past Thursday.

Can't call them to ask for advice because I'm changing vets due to their attitude the last time I was there. They told me that there was no reason to clean her teeth or remove cataracts from her eyes because she's so old (in their opinion). I also need one that's closer to where I am. They were in Harrisonburg which is 2 - 2 1/2 hrs away from me. The last time I had her to the vet was back in March for a routine exam and her shots. I may be able to ask my horsey vet though. He does volunteer small animal work at a shelter two days a week (thanks for that too, sometimes my brain needs a little nudge)
    10-26-2010, 01:41 PM
You're too funny SR!!! And that cat on your profile picture is perfect for Halloween!!! That's a scary looking cat!!!!
    10-26-2010, 01:44 PM
Charli, it's too bad you're in Spotsylvania, because my small animal vet is great.

I adore everyone there, from the vets on down to the receptionist. They used to do livestock, but got out of that end of it to concentrate on domestic pets.

I had a vet I absolutely despised, and someone recommended this group to me. I couldn't be happier.

That's Gargoyle Kitteh. I thought he was quite appropriate for Halloween.
    10-26-2010, 01:52 PM
LOL...he looks like a gargoyle!!!

I've been talking to friends about who they use as their small animals vet since my incident in March. It's looking like I'm going to be traveling almost an hour away to get to a decent, caring, friendly one. I just have to wait til this evening to get his name and number. That's ok babies are worth much much more to me than time or gas.
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