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Dog with tummy problems. Old English Sheepdog, 9 years old.

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Dog with tummy problems. Old English Sheepdog, 9 years old. Been eating ok, but not passing much solids. Been sick - a little yellow mucus. As energetic as usual, gets 1 to 2 hours walk a day. Normally hungry on return from walk, tonight not.

Can you recommend a suitable laxative, please?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 years ago.
Welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is Dr. Peter I am a licensed veterinarian. I am happy to answer your question today. First I need to ask you a few questions to be well informed and give you the best advice.

1- Is he straining to defecate?
2- Is he not passing any feces at all?
3- How long has it been since he vomited?
4- How much does he weigh?

There may be a slight delay between your follow ups and my replies as I type out a thorough reply for you.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

1. Yes. Usually does have several tries before he succeeds. We understand that weak digestion is a usual problem with this breed - he is our third OES and they have all had occasional problems. He is fed on white meat - usually chicken, and some brown bread, plus occasional tit-bits.


2 Not today, a little yesterday, but very liquid. Previously normal.


3. About 5 hours, but just a little. Same yesterday, about the same time, near the end of his walk.


4. About 38 kilos.


Expert:  Dr. Peter replied 4 years ago.
So when he passes feces it is not hard solid or dry but instead liquid like diarrhea, correct?

I will have an answer for you within 5-10 minutes of receiving response to the above question.