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my dog is a rescue ive had him 2 yrs and he has always had bowel and stomach problems sometimes he wont eat or drink for two or three days and the same with being able to go poo. this time though its been four days is there something i can give him so he can poo.?

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Hi DENISE,

A dog might develop constipation for one of any number of reasons, ranging from not enough fiber in his diet to pelvic pain. Topping the list of preventable causes is feeding raw bones. This is because chewed shards of bone, as they travel along the intestine tend to knit together and form a nasty, spiky ball in the rectum, which is very painful to pass.

Try incorporating fresh vegetables into your dog’s diet, or mixing in high fiber supplements such as 100% pumpkin (give about 1 tsp for each 10lb body weight of your dog). Also, speak to your vet about special prescription diets with a high fiber formulation.Not all constipation in dogs is directly down to the bowel, but can be the result of problems such as an underactive thyroid gland. If you dog lacking energy, sleeps a lot, and suffers from constipation then get him checked by a veterinarian.

Liquid paraffin is gently syringed into the dog’s mouth, two or three times a day, until relief occurs. However, all liquid paraffin does is form a slippery coat over the feces, and in a worst case scenario the blockage remains whilst the dog leaks liquid paraffin from his anus. While liquid paraffin is better than nothing, it is far from the ideal treatment and lactulose is the better option.

Lactulose is also a liquid, and is either syringed into the dog’s mouth or added to food. Lactulose works by binding with food in the gut to retain moisture. Thus it promotes a bulkier, moist stool which is easier to pass.If too much lactulose is given, the dog may develop diarrhea but, unlike with liquid paraffin, the blockage should clear.

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A Senior Veterinary Surgeon with more than 25 years’ experience in the field of Veterinary Science and Animal Husbandry. Mixed animal Practice that will utilize my skills in medicine and surgery, public health, client relations, and developing relationships within the community, such as humane society

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Veterinary Consultant with Department of Animal Resources,Ministry of Environment,State of Qatar (Present). Animal Husbandry Department, Government of Kerala, India. Oakland's Park, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Severnside Veterinary Center, Gloucestershire, United Kingdom. Saud Bahwan Group, Sultanate of Oman. Trivandrum Regional Co-operative Milk Producers Union,Kerala,India.

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