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May 22, 2019 / By Rheta
Question: I have a 5 month old Rhodesian Ridgeback, and he seems to be constipated. I have seen him straining several times in the past hour, but nothing is coming out. I massaged his abdomin a little, and he had to go more. Still nothing, just straining. I live out in the middle of nowhere and my car is in the shop. My husband does not get home till 9pm, so we can not go to the vet till the morning, and it is an hour drive. Any suggestions for a natural laxative for a 5 month old puppy?
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Mildreth Mildreth | 10 days ago
What you are mentioning is rare, but one thing you can due is use a rubber glove using Vaseline and check the puppies anal fecal glands that might be full of feces. They are on each sides of the anus, and are large in size when full. This is what you do, as far as you can go feel the top of the glands and if it is swollen it is full of feces. You must apply pressure from the top to the bottom of each gland to empty both. It will not hurt the puppy. If this appears to be OK then think of what he might have eaten that would cause an intestinal blockage it this point you need an ex-ray of his intestines by the VET. If u do not do something with the puppy it could burst his intestine an could be infected and have him Hospitalized.
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Mildreth Originally Answered: my dog is constipated?
I know this may sound a little crazy but if your dog is constipated she can eat a little canned pumpkin. it is kinda like a natural laxative. I do not recommend suppositories at all. How ever you can use a stool softener.they usually come in the form of a gel cap. The active ingredient you are looking for is Ducosate Sodium. We use this all the time at the Vet clinic I work at.

Libby Libby
Do you know why the dog is constipated? If it is from eating string, clothing, anything that can wrap around its bowels, the only solution is a vet. If it is from a condition like cancer ar bladder infection, again a vet is the only way. Most dogs will eat grass to help with an upset digestion. Giving the dog a treat with olive oil on it will help. If the constipation is from overeating, then feeding twice a day according to package directions will help. Do not leave food available all the time and do not feed people food until the dog is better.
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Juliette Juliette
Constipation is a symptom of an underlying problem. Why treat a symptom and not the problem? The pup needs a vet. It could be the pup doesn't drink enough water. It could have eaten something that got him in a bind. He could have an obstruction either from eating something that got stuck or has an internal problem. Depending on the problem a laxative could be dangerous.
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Glory Glory
Do not give Pepto, if nothing else, it will bind him up more. You can try regular canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie mix) and see if that doesn't help. Are you sure he's straining to poop and not to urinate. I know that sometimes with my cats in the past who have have UTI's, it looked like they were straining to poop when really they were straining to pee. Just make sure he's urinating, if he's not, then there's a bigger issue.
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Destiny Destiny
I use to put a small sliver of soap like I mean a very small sliver of bar soap up my dogs butt and it makes then go. It works as a laxative. I know it sounds gross but it works and your puppy with have relief.
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Candace Candace
Give him some cooking oil. Put it right on his food and you could even add a raw egg for taste. If he still can't go call a vet and ask what to do. Good Luck
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Amaliya Amaliya
You probably don't have any on hand, but for another time, get a couple of jars of Pedialyte. It is safe for your dog, but can loosen the bowels.
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Walker Walker
Call the vet first but i believe you can give a dog pepto bismol, that should help - but just call the vet they will talk to you and let you know what you can do to help out. that is what they are there for.
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Walker Originally Answered: How often do you get constipated?
Some things such as narcotics, antidepressants and other medications can cause nearly constant constipation. Some women have constipation every month associated with their period. For some people, "normal" may be going once every 2 or 3 days. Once a day isn't normal for everyone.

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