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Our pet canine is constipated she had no movement yesterday

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our pet canine is constipated she had no movement yesterday and so far none today. We are not overly concerned, she has gone a couple of days before and returned to "normal" without signs of distress. Sophie is a shi-tzu Bijon Frize is it safe to wait until Monday to bring her to Cholsey for examination.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Vet
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 1 year ago.
Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with your wee one today.
Now if she isn’t passing stool, then we do need to tread with care. You can monitor her with a view to have her checked on Monday as long as she has no vomiting, belly pain, nor distress with this.
That said, if she is prone to this then there are some treatments we can try for her at home. To start, we can help relieve mild constipation by using some cow milk. This is because they are like little lactose intolerant people and therefore this can help move things down the gut a bit quicker. Or you can treat her with a dose of OTC cat hairball medication. This works to lubricate the gut and can facilitate the movement of hard feces out of the rectum.
Alternatively, we could also mix a small volume of a GI lubricant (ie Miralax, lactulose, or food grade liquid paraffin) into her food. Do avoid giving it directly, since we’d want to avoid any aspiration risk.
Further to this, if she is eating you can mix in some fiber(ie a spoonful of canned pumpkin, all bran, or a 1/4 teaspoon of unflavored Benefiber) into her food. Just like people, these can restore fecal output regularity. When offering these, its best to use wet food both for ease of feeding but also since canned food is 35% water. It’s a good way to make sure we are getting fluids into her
As well, you also want to encourage her to drink by offering fresh water, low salt chicken broth, or even lactose free milk. The increase in fluids with avoid any dehydration risk, which can make constipation worse.
So, the above treatments would be our options at this stage for Sophie. Of course, as you use these, do keep a close eye on her fecal output. Hopefully, we will see some feces, but if we don’t in the next 24 hours or so, or she begins to vomit or feel poorly at all, then we’d need to get your local vet involved. Severe impactions of feces are usually secondary to more serious diseases, so if she doesn't respond to our gentle colon cleaning treatments, then she may require more aggressive treatment (ie enemas under sedation).
Finally, just to note in case you were keen to have her seen today, some veterinary practices in our country have office hours today (my own is open until 5pm for regular visits). As well, I wanted to mention that most veterinary practices here do have contingency plans for emergency care for their patients even when they are not open. Therefore, it is worth ringing the practice. If they are open, you can get her seen today. If they aren't, then they will likely have a message to direct you on how to contact their out of hours service. And if you don't have a vet you can find one local to you, you can check the RCVS Register (http://findavet.rcvs.org.uk/find-a-vet/) to find your local vets or Vets Now (http://www.vets-now.com/find-an-emergency-vet/ ) who are open all nights/weekends. In any case, if you wanted to get her checked at any point over the weekend then there are options to have her seen today too.
All the best,
Dr. B.
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