I already tried calling the vet, they just said to leave him alone, but I worry anyway.
Riley has been trying to poop all morning. One little round terd came out, and now he has stringy poop just hanging there. It's an orange color. He's panting like crazy. I tried to feed him some canned pumpkin but he wouldn't eat. He came inside and tried to poop, went outside tried to poop, and if you touch him down there he screams. He's just sitting here crying and panting. Vet said to leave him alone. But like I said, I worry anyway.... Also his belly seems to be bigger than usual.
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 7/13/2006 10:12:26 AM*** Reason: add
I don't remember having a dog become constipated, but when Roxy ate something that could have stopped her up, someone told me that pineapple juice would help her poop. Is he up for a walk? Exercise helps to move things along as well. Hope he's feeling better and back to his happy self soon.
I think you're feeding mostly raw, Riley? Yes? If so, he may be constipated from too much bone in his feed. Try some plain ol' meaty meat, like raw boneless chicken breast w/skin (for the fat content) or even raw fatty hamburger. A coupla doses of salmon oil wouldn't hurt either. No bone 'til he starts pooping again.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe pumpkin is for when a dog has diarrhea...to firm up the stool. I don't think it's something to try when a dog is constipated.
How long has it been since he pooped? Is he eating at all? I think if he is acting like he is in pain the vet should at least want to see him. I'm surprised that they just told you over the phone to not worry about it.
If your dog or cat is having the occasional case of constipation or diarrhea, one of the things that might help is canned pumpkin. Yes canned pumpkin in its pureed form (NOT pumpkin pie filling) is a fantastic stool softener which makes it a good natural remedy for constipation. It often helps with upset stomach or indigestion for both cats and dogs. It is very rich in fibre and adding just one or two teaspoonfuls to your pet's food often gets the system moving in no time. Dogs will occasionally want to eat it directly and that's fine too. Sometimes though, finicky cats and dogs won't touch it no matter what you do.
On the opposite end of things is diarrhea. Since the dietary fibre in canned pumpkin absorbs water, it can be a great help to a cat or dog that has diarrhea. Some pet owners report that it firms up their pet's loose stools or diarrhea within a few hours. Again one to two teaspoonfuls is all that is needed.
N.B. It should be noted that both diarrhea and constipation can both be very serious and require immediate veterinary care depending on the cause. Whatever the cause, diarrhea or constipation lasting more than 24-36 hours requires vet care. Click the following links for more general information on diarrhea,constipation and intestinal disorders.
He's been on raw for a few months. He gets the Natures Variety patties which have all the meat, organs, and veggies mixed in. He had a marrow bone last night with a couple short ribs. He's outside trying to poop now with no luck.
Thanks for the info, I gave him some cooked hamburger and canned pumpkin. What a mix eh? He ate that and is now laying downstairs in the laundry room, which is odd, he never goes in there. Poor baby. :(
***Edited By: thelifeofriley on 7/13/2006 10:43:39 AM*** Reason: add
I'm sorry, Riley, but I really can't compare, since I feed my boy a prey model diet...no ground-up stuff and no veggies (I supplement with salmon oil for the O3s only). I just know that when Magnum gets too much bone (say more than 10-15% overall), he gets constipated. As soon as I see his stools get real [almost white] light colored, I give him raw meaty meat only for a coupla days, maybe extra raw organs, nothing with bones in it, a coupla extra squirts of salmon oil, and all is well almost immediately.
By all means, Riley! If Riley is still "acting funny" after awhile, let your vet know (and I believe you are already in contact with him/her for this situation)! I didn't mean to imply that a dietary problem would be the only thing causing the constipation! Sorry if it looked that way.
Oh no thats ok. I am going to hold off on bones for a few days like you said. He must have ate grass, theres a piece hanging there, which he wont let me touch. But hes laying quietly now so I'll leave him be and see what he does in a little while.
I waited a few days because I know his poo schedule and that was definately irregular.
Tried everything to loosen his stools. Eventually, (thanks to the advice from a highly experienced mom) I resorted to taking one of my baby nephews infant glycerine suppositories put him in a warm bath inserted it and held it there for a few minutes. My dog is not the kind of dog to like you messing with him, especially in that area....
He looked so relaxed and relieved at the same time.
Took him out of the bath and within 5 minutes he had pooped twice.
Each diet is 95% meat, organs, and bones, from USDA inspected plants. Together, these quality meats, organs, and bones are rich in Vitamins A, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Biotin; Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, protein, fats, zinc, manganese, selenium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, sulphur, copper, and the essential amino acids. Also, 5% of each Nature’s Variety Raw Diet contains human edible fruits, vegetables, and cold processed Norwegian Virgin Salmon Oil. All diets contain over 50 trace minerals from montmorillonite clay, which also sequesters toxins. *****
Although it doesn't give a ratio on meats to organs to bones. Maybe you can find that out? Personally, if I wasn't feeding prey model, this sure sounds like a good, healthy alternative. I'm going to look into it for convenience's sake (camping, all-day outings).
Gbrox, I didn't even realize they put bone in. I've gone back and forth between Bravo, Primal, and Natures Variety. NV seems to be their favorite and it is convenient. I buy the patties and pull what I need out every morning to let them defrost. And its great when I board them.
Becky, I will keep that in mind. I've heard of doing that for babies, never for the dogs lol.