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Dreamweaver    Posted 05-25-2001 at 13:58:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Ole Cuss - feel free to send me a bill if you have any advice, (never should have let on you were a vet, heehee). I have a 3 year old tiny pomeranian female. She is constantly have problems with constipation. (Sounds like the little baby boy, maybe some Karo would help her). Anyway, she will eat you alive if you try to help her when she gets in this fix, and has to be tranquilized by the vet and shaved, given a rectal exam, glands expressed, etc., before she gets better. She eats only dried food, no people food, and I have her groomed regularly. Is there any home remedy I might use? Our vet just advises me to stay away from rawhide chews, etc. She gets so mean when this happens, that I have to get my mobile vet for my horse to help her, because I can't get her out of the house! Any help would be appreciated....


Ole Cuss    Posted 05-25-2001 at 19:36:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]

Howdy, Dreamweaver. I would recommend seeing whether the pooch has a taste for veggies: carrots, green beans, or peas, maybe with a tad of butter? This is often the simplest way to give some bulk to ease chronic constipation. Adding this to the regular diet maybe twice a week is a good place to start. Stay away from laxatives, enemas, etc. If the dog won't touch the veggies, try adding a small amount of canned dog food or mineral oil to the regular hard food twice weekly; I'd start with 2 tablespoons. Lastly, you might get a cat hairball remedy at the store. They usually stock flavored gels that a dog would probably like; again, try using it twice a week. Choose just one of these things to try at a time; do them all at once and you might wish you'd shaved the dog's hiney.(smile) No charge. Good luck. Left email address at top if needed.


Dreamweaver    Posted 05-26-2001 at 05:09:06       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks so much, I will try this. Oh BTW - that "hiney" thing is right. If her BMs are soft, they stick to the little furball, and because I can't examine her closely for fear of getting my arm ripped off by a 3 pound dog, LOL, I wonder sometimes if that might be the entire problem, that she just cannot pass them through the fur. She has had to be given anesthetic once since Christmas, and twice heavily tranquilized since then. I worry about the effects of this on a long-term basis. Gonna try the veggies today.


chirs    Posted 01-22-2005 at 16:31:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
why whoud u get ur arm ripped off by a dog other person dose not have no balls


Ole Cuss    Posted 05-26-2001 at 12:52:38       [Reply]  [No Email]

Dogs can actually suffer fecal impactions if enough of the stuff gets stuck on the hair and wads up all the way down to skin level. Takes a lot of stuff over a good length of time; not generally seen with attentive owners. I saw a Sheltie a few weeks ago that the owner said was lethargic and barely getting around. When I examined him, I found the entire region under the tail to be one huge mass of feces, hair, and maggots. He is an outside dog that the owners don't fool much with, so they never noticed that probably every BM he'd had for the past month was glued to his butt. He felt much better after I'd removed that rotten mess and treated the infected skin underneath.


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