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Old 03-08-2014, 05:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone for your input. My mom is currently looking into when we can get her into the vet. I'll try and keep you guys updated as much as I can. I know it's a bad thing to not pass a bowel in five days and that's why I resorted to find you guys. Thank you again!

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Old 03-09-2014, 11:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I do think 5 days is a bit too long, and yes, I think a vet visit is definitely warranted. You can try giving her a bit of canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling) to move things along. Can you take her temperature? Are her gums nice and pink? Apart from not having a bowel movement, how is she behaving? Anxious, lethargic, unhappy, sleeping more than usual, etc.? Or is she more or less normal otherwise?

I might be less concerned if she didn't look as if she were about to go (i.e. "the way she walks, partially begins to squat, but then stands back up and continues walking") but the way you describe her behavior is that she needs to but can't for some reason, and that's not good.
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advice you to go visit the vet . She may have held on and now you have , pardon the pun , a back log . Compaction with fecal material collecting in a ball .

castor oil , magnesium salts (Epsom) , are laxative -- BUT you have to be very careful

slippery elm powder is safe and effective , but you might have quite a mass that is hard to pass and you don't want to tear rectal tissue and get fissures or an infection that spreads --- GO to the VET
This this this this... coming from someone who was in the surgery room with a dog who was having his surgically remedied... bleh.

The dog needs laxatives, the longer you wait the higher risk for surgery.
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:43 PM   #14 (permalink)
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laxatives only with vet supervision
had this happen once, laxatives were prescribed along with pain killers with the strict admonishment that if dog didnt go within 2 more days it was time to surgically unimpact things
a dog can die this way please do not put it off any longer!
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when you go to the vet...have them do an ENEMA. That will clean him out.

Then start taking him on actual walks...exercise stimulates digestion and he needs to find his area's. An hr. standing and sniffing around a patch of grass the size of a bus is not exercise.

I used to live in a very big apt. building with many dogs and saw many a dog owner do just that...take the dog out to the grass and stand there idle w/dog extended on a flexi-leash circling the owner as they stood there waiting for it to poop.

I had a cat with chronic constipation. This had to be done numerous times (enema). He eventually lost his bowel motility b/c they just kept giving drugs and eventually had to have a $1500 surgery to remove his large intestine.
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