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A. You can try increasing the moisture in his diet by adding some wet food or water to his kibble. You can also offer food items with high amounts of fiber like pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, and other pet safe veggies.

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If your dog is constipated, try giving them high-fiber foods like carrots, kale, or cabbage. Exercising also helps stimulate bowel movement, so take your dog on more walks. You should also make sure to increase your dog`s fluid intake.
Dogs and cats can be given Dulcolax for constipation. Give 1 tablet by mouth every 8 hours, but no more than 4 doses. Additionally, Benefiber or plain canned pumpkin can be mixed with food. Give 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds body weight.
In more serious cases, you can consult with your vet regarding laxatives, such as docusate sodium, to help them go potty. It will help your pup`s intestines absorb more water, which can help support their gastrointestinal system.
If you`re wondering whether human foods, like milk, would help your dog`s constipation, Dr. Bullen doesn`t recommend going the dairy route. “Milk may help with passing the stool, but that`s because some dogs` lactose intolerances result in diarrhea and that, in turn ,can lead to dehydration,” Dr. Bullen says.
The first at-home remedy for dog constipation is to encourage canine water consumption. Some dogs drink more if there are ice cubes in their water while others will drink a whole bowl of water if a couple of drops of low-salt chicken broth are added. Give your dog high fiber foods.
Constipation is infrequent or difficult passage of stool or feces and is typically a temporary condition. Many constipated dogs will experience straining or pain when attempting to defecate. Obstipation, a severe form of constipation, is often associated with a serious, permanent, or irreversible medical condition.
Yogurt adds good bacteria to the dog gastrointestinal tract that can keep your dog regular and prevent constipation. Give your dog a teaspoon to 2 tablespoons of yogurt daily.
If your dog is constipated, try giving them high-fiber foods like carrots, kale, or cabbage. Exercising also helps stimulate bowel movement, so take your dog on more walks. You should also make sure to increase your dog`s fluid intake.
Signs of constipation include straining, crying, or crouching when attempting to defecate. Also, if it`s been more than two days since he has had a bowel movement, you should see your vet immediately.
It`s typically caused by something pressing in on the colon in the surrounding area. For example, in male dogs the colon could become blocked by an enlarged or cancerous prostate. Tumors of the anal glands and lymph nodes can also press in on the colon.
Laxatives or stool softeners should only be prescribed by the vet. Never give a dog human laxatives, which will be far too strong for them and risk creating complications. Dog constipation can affect many dogs, but can be managed by appropriate treatment.
While not going can be a sign of a health issue, this isn`t always the case. Some dogs may purposely hold in their business to either prolong time outdoors or simply because of a change in their routine. Loud noises, other animals, or unfamiliar humans near their area of choice may temporarily throw them off.
In terms of oral water, in most cases our verdict is that tap water is a great safe, cost-effective and readily accessible option.It is generally perfectly safe to give pets the same water we drink, including tap water.
If your dog`s food does not contain enough water, fibre and fat, constipation may recur. A diet based primarily on dry food can be problematic, especially if your dog is not drinking too much water.
Constipation should resolve within 48 hours if your dog gets enough water, daily exercise, and a well-balanced diet. If it does not – or if your dog shows signs of discomfort or vomiting – you should schedule a veterinary appointment right away to find the cause.
Consider adding pureed or baby prunes to various dishes such as oatmeal. Mix things up by adding other high-fiber dried fruits such as apricots and raisins. Dried figs are another great option. Eat them as a snack or with your breakfast.
Try adding 5-10 drops of olive oil to your pup`s food, twice a day, for several days. Once you see an improvement, you can continue to feed your dog a few drops a day to help keep their skin and coat looking good. Avoid giving more than 1/2 tbsp of olive oil at once, as your dog may develop diarrhea.
So, use wet food as needed to help with constipation, but definitely keep it off the regular menu. You may be better off giving your pup a homemade meal of white rice, scrambled egg, and boiled chicken breasts to up the moisture content of their meal.
Constipation is the most common stomach issue that older dogs deal with. Ginger is great for this because it promotes healthy movement of the bowels. This remedy also works with car or motion sickness in dogs. You can either add ginger to your dog`s diet daily or give them a dose when they are feeling down and out.
These proteins also help their stool to be formed without much effort which helps allow your dog`s gut to rest. Scrambled eggs are a good option when dealing with moderate diarrhea in dogs because they contain easily-digestible proteins.
A chicken and rice diet should not cause your dog constipation if you are giving them the correct recipe, that is the white meat of chicken (without bones) and white rice. Brown rice can be difficult to digest and therefore cause constipation.
Without appropriate and timely treatment, dogs with a complete intestinal blockage will typically see fatal complications within 3-4 days. Given time, some foreign objects can pass on their own.

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Q. He, for the first time, has some constipation. He is 9 months old. A Pickingese. What over the counter remedy could I get for him? Thank you, Nat Coo
ANSWER : A. You can try increasing the moisture in his diet by adding some wet food or water to his kibble. You can also offer food items with high amounts of fiber like pumpkin, sweet potato, broccoli, and other pet safe veggies.

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Q. How can I keep my 14 year old Yorkie from snapping at the younger ones?
ANSWER : A. It’s all about management. Do not allow the 7yo’s to interact with your 14yo unsupervised. You should be there each time they interact so you can redirect the 14yo’s attention onto some toys, or onto some treats when the 7yo’s are around. It sounds like you need to help your 14yo make positive associations with being around the younger pups. You should be trying to feed him treats each time he interacts with them, and doesn’t snap at them. Pet and praise him each time he is around them, or any time they are near. As I said, keep the separated when you cannot supervise their interactions because if you aren’t around when he is snapping at them, you could end up with a fight on your hands.

It could also be that they spend too much time together. Imagine spending 100% of your time with somebody, day in and out, doing everything together… including going to the bathroom.. that might bother anybody. I think you should give them more time apart from each other. Take them all on separate walks, separate them to play with them individually, separate them when you take them to potty, separate feeding times in separate rooms, etc. This can help alleviate the stress your older dog is feeling due to living closely with other dogs. You should always be giving individual activities in a houseful of dogs anyway.. when you expect them to get along 100% of the time, that’s when you find trouble.

Q. I have a 1yr old male 38 lb Labradoodle and my gf just brought a month old kitten home. Can they interact? If not, for how long?
ANSWER : A. Interactions whenever a new pet is brought into the house should start off slow, then can be increased in time. The best steps when introducing a new cat is to allow your cat or kitten to have a room in the house all to him or herself. Allow your dog to sniff under the door to get used to the kitten’s scent, and even show your dog articles such as bedding the cat has slept on. After a few days, an introduction with your dog on leash, or a barrier such as a gate where both pets can look at each other but not see each other is best. This will allow each to get used to seeing the other without the ability to jump, bite or scratch the other. Once the two are used to this, then a face to face interaction can begin. If at any time a fight or scuffle breaks out, separate the two pets and try again at a later time. The amount of time this introduction takes can vary depending on how the two react to each other.

Until your kitten is older, or you are sure both are fine together, do not leave the two pets together unattended. Even a well-meaning and playful dog can accidentally break a leg of a kitten or worse without meaning to! A safe room for your kitten to be in while you are away, or a barrier to allow your kitten to escape to safety if needed will help until both are big enough to play alone safely.

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Q. My cat about 18 years old eating a lot but quite bony, peeing in the house despite having a clean litter tray, is it cruel to have him put to sleep?
ANSWER : A. If your cat has not had comprehensive bloodwork in the past six months, I recommend getting that dove before deciding anything further. With a good appetite and weight loss, diabetes and hyperthyroidism are the first two things that come to my mind. Both are treatable conditions that, if properly managed, can give you and your cat more happy time together. The inappropriate urination could be attributed to a urinary tract infection, difficulty in getting into or out of the litter tray because of arthritis, or sometimes it could be behavioral. Cats like things to remain the same and if there has been any unusual activity in your house lately, or any changes, this can cause a cat to stop using the little box as well. I recommend getting your cat in to see your vet for an exam and labwork to determine the status of his blood chemistry, hormonal levels and blood glucose and any urinary infections.

Q. My 5 month old dog woke up today very lethargic and not very hungry. His feces smells very bad and it has an orange colored mucus in it. only 5 lbs
ANSWER : A. This could be many things, however first I’d ask you (if we could talk) if your puppy is vaccinated against parvo? That’s a serious viral disease that produces very bad-smelling bloody diarrhea. If he’s not vaccinated against parvo, please take him in to see a vet right away.

Otherwise, if he is vaccinated against parvo, he could have intestinal parasites, he could have eaten something that’s upset his GI tract, or he could have a bacterial infection, for starters. The orange color you mentioned has me especially concerned – I’m worried it could be blood. Regardless – he’s not eating, and he’s lethargic, so he likely feels pretty awful. I recommend you take him to see a vet right away who can figure out what’s going on and treat it appropriately.

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Q. We have a 3 yr old Weiner dog, she is having pus in her eyes, I took her to the vet he gave me derma vet ointment, used it as the doctor prescribed
ANSWER : A. If the pus really isn’t all that bad, and it’s just some discharge, your pup may benefit from a diet change. It could be that the food you’re feeding just isn’t right for your dog, and that’s okay! Dogs grow and change over time, and now that your dog is fully matured, a diet change may be in order. Try something like Taste of the Wild, maybe a grain free dog food, Orijen, or Ziwipeak. These are all really great food options.

If the pus is really bad, and continues to get worse, see your vet again and let them know what’s going on. Maybe you could try a diet change, and then see if there are any improvements.

Remember, you should always gradually change a dogs diet. By gradually, I mean you put a tiny bit of new kibble in with a bowl of the old kibble. Reduce the old kibble by just a few bits of kibble. Throughout the course of at least two weeks (or as long as you want depending on whether or not you want to finish off the old food) you slowly add more of the new kibble while removing some of the old kibble. This makes the process gradual, and won’t cause any tummy-upset in your dog.

Q. My cocker spaniel is 9 years old. He has involuntary bowel movements (little drops) very frequently, especially when he is asleep.
ANSWER : A. Is your dog on a senior dog food? I would get your dog on a high quality high protien dog food. Ask a pet store assosicate or your regular vet for a food recommendation. When you buy a better food the dog will have to eat less to get the same amount of energy from the food. The dog has to eat more of the cheaper foods to get the energy it needs from it. Meaning more poop and buying more food. So the cost really evens out. So the lessen your dogs bowel movements get on a better senior dog food. Next talk to your vet they may have a recommendation. If you switch dogs do it slowly by mixing the foods. Start with 10% new 90% old mixed for at least a week until you have switched to 100% new 0% old. Senior foods have more fiber to help with bowel movements. Take the dog outside to go potty more frequently, right before bed time.

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Q. My 13 year old male cat is acting lethargic & doesn’t seem to be feeling well. I don’t know what’s wrong except that he has fleas. Can too many fleas
ANSWER : A. Excessive fleas can cause anemia in cats, left untreated, this can be life-threatening. I recommend getting your cat seen by your vet right away for his illness. For every flea you see on your pet, there are 100 more in the environment. Get your pet on a good topical or oral flea control through your vet. In flea control, you get what you pay for. Consider asking your vet for a dose of Capstar. It helps get the problem under control by killing the fleas on the pet starting in five minutes but only lasts for 24 hours.

You need to treat your home. If you use a pest control service, tell them you are having a flea problem and they can adjust their treatment. Use a premise spray that also contains an IGR, insect growth regulator. This keeps eggs and larvae from maturing into adults and helps break the life cycle. Also, vacuum EVERY DAY, throwing out the bag or emptying the canister every time into an outside receptacle and spraying the contents with insecticide to kill the fleas you’ve vacuumed up.

Treat your yard, since fleas will hop a ride into your home on your pant leg without you knowing it. Concentrate on areas under bushes, in the shade. Fleas are less likely to be located in open sunny areas where it gets hot.

If chemicals are a problem, you can use borax. Sprinkle it into rugs, into corners and under furniture, use a broom to work it into the fibers and let it sit for hours, days even. It won’t hurt you or your pet. Then vacuum it up, reapply as needed. Food grade diatomaceous earth can be gotten from a health food store and worked into the rugs and corners in the same way. These treatments aren’t as fast and effective as chemical insecticides but they can help.

Be patient, you may have to repeat these steps multiple times 10-14 days apart to help break the flea life cycle.