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Experience:  DVM from Iowa State University in 1994; actively engaged in private regular and emergency practice since that time.
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my dogs bowels have not moved since this morning and then

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my dog's bowels have not moved since this morning and then only a little. He is a working cocker. he is eating normally, urinating normally and exercising normally. Should I consult a vet or is there something I can give him.
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. Jo replied 3 years ago.

Dr. Jo :

Hello,

Dr. Jo :

My name is***** and I will do my best to help you with your questions about Zac.

Dr. Jo :

I'm sorry he's got you worried.

Dr. Jo :

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Dr. Jo :

I want to be sure I understand the situation accurately.

Dr. Jo :

Zac usually has a bowel movement every morning, but hasn't today...

Dr. Jo :

And he is otherwise acting completely normal? No diarrhea? No straining to defecate?

Dr. Jo :

Eating and drinking normally and normal activity level?

Customer:

He usually has a bowel movement twice a day, he had a very small one this morning he has no diarrhea and is not straining. Seems full of beans and his dinner tonight.

Dr. Jo :

While I wait for your clarification, I will add the following: You asked if you should consult the vet or is there something you should give him. I'd like offer a third option.

Customer:

ok

Dr. Jo :

Given that he is in no distress at all and the only thing that is unusual is that he hasn't had a bowel movement, it is actually fine to do nothing.

Dr. Jo :

Even though it is a departure from his normal routine, the lack of a bowel movement doesn't indicate a problem.

Dr. Jo :

I hope you find this good news to be a bit of a relief.

Dr. Jo :

Signs of a problem would be appetite loss, straining to defecate, diarrhea, vomiting - things like that.

Customer:

How long can he go without a bowel movement. If there is none tomorrow should I take him to the vet

Dr. Jo :

As long as he is otherwise acting normal, it's fine to just give him time.

Customer:

ok thanks for that

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