Hi stranger! Signing up for MypetMD is easy, free and puts the most relevant content at your fingertips.

Get Instant Access To

  • 24/7 alerts for pet-related recalls

  • Your own library of articles, blogs, and favorite pet names

  • Tools designed to keep your pets happy and healthy



or Connect with Facebook

By joining petMD, you agree to the Privacy Policy.


Q. My dog isnt eating his biscuits and is shaking a little. He wants to cuddle a lot. I think somethings wrong with his stomach. Constipated often.. :(

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Sounds like your dog has some gastrointestinal distress going on. Frequent constipation is kind of an unusual thing to see in dogs, but certainly if that's going on it can cause discomfort and nausea. Adding fiber to his diet may help in the long run, however it's probably not going to help right now, since he's not eating. I would recommend taking him in to see your vet ASAP, as these are kind of general signs you're describing and many things could be going on. He needs a good exam by your vet and possibly some lab work and/or x-rays to help figure out what's going on and how to help him. If he's got a blockage from chronic constipation your vet can give him an enema for relief.


DISCLAIMER: The answers in Ask petMD are meant to provide entertainment and education. They should not take the place of a vet visit. Please see our Terms and Conditions.

CAN'T FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR?

Ask an expert about your unique situation now FOR FREE!

IMPORTANT: The opinions expressed in Ask petMD content area are solely those of the User, who may or may not have medical or scientific training. Our Ask petMD experts include veterinarians, vet techs, veterinary students, pet trainers, pet behaviorists and pet nutritionists. These opinions do not represent the opinions of petMD. User-generated content areas are not reviewed by a petMD veterinarian or any member of the petMD editorial staff for accuracy, balance, objectivity, timeliness, or any other reason except for compliance with our Terms and Conditions. petMD does not endorse any specific product, service, or treatment. Do not consider petMD user-generated content as medical advice. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your veterinarian or other qualified healthcare provider because of something you have read on petMD.