Q. 6 lbs Chi pup, left leg sprain but she is constipated and refusing to eat. Only eats a few bits here and there
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. If your pup has not yet been seen by a vet, it may be a good idea due to the number of symptoms your puppy is experiencing. Leg sprains can be painful, and the pain may be causing nausea or a refusal to eat. Bloating and constipation can be due to a number of things ranging from internal illness, nausea and not feeling well, or even problems with digesting food or having internal parasites. Until you can get to the vet, enticing your pup to eat with a bland diet of plain boiled chicken and plain white rice may encourage some eating and can sometimes help settle an upset stomach.
If she is showing signs of severe distress such as extreme bloating, painful panting or whimpering, blue or pale gums and tongue, loss of consciousness or attempting to vomit or defecate without any results, it may indicate a serious condition called Bloat. This is a medical emergency and should be brought to your vet or ER clinic as soon as possible.