Dog Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
Hello! I have a 9-year-old schnauzer/poodle mix. Her diet has always been dry food and she does a ton of sleeping (needs more exercise, I know.)

Last week, she was having major constipation problems. Felt like she had to go, but tried for a whole 10 minutes and couldn't get anything out. I left, came home an hour later, she had vomited (a big puddle) and nearby there were a couple large balls of feces (considerably larger than her anus should allow.) I immediately started mixing in wet food with the dry. Days later, she is defecating more easily and seems better, but sometimes when she stretches her legs in the morning, a small bit of feces comes out. It's like the constipation/efforts to defecate widened out her anus and is causing fecal incontinence.

Is this something that will correct itself in time? Is it necessary to go see a vet? I know I need to walk her more to regulate bowel movements, but should I keep feeding her a combination of wet/dry food as well?

Thanks, all.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
10,819 Posts
Get her to the vet and get her checked out, you need to find out what caused the constipation. Any changes like that warrant a vet check.

Once you have her cleared medically make sure she is drinking an adequate amount of water. Yes mixing in canned with the dry food is a good idea. Another thing that will help is adding canned 100% pumpkin (not pie filling) to her food. You can give 1 teaspoon per pound of body weight 1 to 2 times a day. It helps both with constipation and diarrhea.

Please get her checked by the vet.

Dog Constipation and How to Treat it Naturally
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
562 Posts
I had a lab that had this condition, megacolon brought on by constipation. Mixing wet food (topper) with the dry helped, and on occasion also included a little bit of powdered laxative or mineral oil. Be careful not to use too much, as there should be some solidity to the feces in order to help the anal glands express when they do their business.

Your vet probably should have a look at her. They can determine if it is an acquired condition of the lower colon or a gland or anus problem.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
898 Posts
If she has vomited feces you need a vet to make sure there isn't an impaction/blockage. This can lead to complications. I would take her to the vet as soon as possible.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter #6
Thanks! I will try to get her in to see the vet ASAP.


If she has vomited feces you need a vet to make sure there isn't an impaction/blockage. This can lead to complications. I would take her to the vet as soon as possible.
To clarify, she didn't actually vomit feces (she strained and defecated those huge balls of feces.) The vomit just kind of looked like phlegm to me. I couldn't really see any food in the vomit— just a lot of liquid, kind of foamy and pinkish? Never seen anything like it before.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top