Can you help him to poop?
As some might have read, clipper is almost 12 1/2, he has arthritis in his hips and back legs. What we are having problems with, especially the past week, is his ability to poop. He is not constipated or have diarrhea, he just can't seem to squat and poop. He will fall onto his butt more now trying, and walks around trying to work it out I guess. He has a large osteosarcoma lump on his right side which makes it harder for him to get up. He goes for his adequin shot tomorrow and am hoping this will help. He seems to be holding it for the difficulty of squatting and pushing it out. Then when he's laying down it will come out or if he falls. I was cleaning him up and I guess it stimulated the poop reflex and he went ahead and pooped laying on his side. He doesn't do that every time. I know it sounds gross, but is there a way to go ahead and get him to poop laying on his side with me helping? It is embarrassing to him to poop in the house or laying down, I can see it stresses him, but being smeared in poop stresses him too. Hoping the adequin will help, it did last month, but just to help him out I wondered how people with paralyzed pets do this. He still eats well and after he gets up walks fairly well, needing more help getting up. Thank you guys, there's a lot of good advice here.