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Old 10-29-2017, 12:45 AM
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My dog is having a hard time pooping. Urgent please.

My 7 year old shih tzu, is having a hard time pooping so I decided to take her to the vet and had her check, she had her x-ray taken and we found out that her poop is stuck in her colon, the vet said that her poop already turned to stone, I seriously don't know how this happened so sudden because the day before she's all fine and energetic. The vet required me to give my dog laxative for 3 days and if she still can't poop then my dog would need to undergo a surgery to have the poop removed manually, he also said that he can't promise that my dog would survive the surgery because of her age. what do I do?

Here's a picture of her x-ray.
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You give the laxatives and hope they work. If they don't, you do the surgery and hope for the best. I'm sorry you're in this situation- it's a very difficult one.
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What moonstream said. You don't have any other options.
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Once the laxatives work, you can feed some canned 100% pumpkin, it must be 100% pumpkin NOT pumpkin pie filling, to her everyday to help prevent the problem for recurring. For a dog her size I'd start with 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin, and if necessary increase the amount to 1 1/2 teaspoon.

Again wait for the laxatives to work before starting with the pumpkin. The last thing you want is to make matters worse.

Honestly, I don't think your dog is all that old, and so long as she's in otherwise good health I think that she'd do O.K. with the surgery. All surgeries do carry risk but the risk isn't associated with age so much as the general health of the patient, and the type of surgery that's being done. Hopefully your girl will pass the stool and will not need the surgery.
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Did your Vet offer any explanation as to why her stool impacted? There usually is something going on to cause that to happen. I also agree that seven is really not that old, so hopefully if she does need surgery she should do well, as long as there are no underlying medical issues. Be sure she has a complete pre-op including all necessary blood panels and X-rays etc.
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Unhappy Yikes - that's worrying.



agreeing with all prior posters -
also specifically with @Laco , a pre-surgery full blood panel could be crucial info.
not just CBC - kidney & liver values, etc - the whole 9-yards. // Hopefully the laxatives do their thing ASAP.

I'd also second the pumpkin-puree with every meal - it adds insoluble fiber, bulks the stool, helps the anal glands.
Very beneficial to bowel function, very safe.

good luck - PLease do update?
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Personally I'd be finding a new vet. From your xrays her colon doesn't appear to be that impacted, I've seen much worse many times over. Did your vet do an enema or at the very least give her some sub-q fluids? Typicaly anestheia the manually remove impacted stool is only need in the most extreme of cases where nothing else has worked and the pet would not tolerate having the stool manually removed while they were awake. 7 years is also not that old for a dog, we do anesthetics on dogs that age daily without any issues. Does your dog have some other major health issue going on? If not I would be seriously worried about his confidence in his anesthetics if he thinks your dog won't make it. Yes there is that risk with EVERY anestheia, be it a 2 year old or a 12 year old, but that doesn't mean that every dog past a certain age is going to die because of it. Age is not a disease. Your vet should be evaluating the risk based on your dogs health status, not just a single number in your dog signalment that in the grand scheme of things really has little to do with your dogs medical health.
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