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Q. Dog was fine last night. This morning she did not go poop. Felt her, her stomach felt hard and she yelped. I think she conspated.

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

A. Dogs can definitely get constipated, although its kind of uncommon. You can add some fiber to her diet in the form of some canned pumpkin (1 - 2 tablespoons on top of food at every meal) or some boiled white rice with no seasonings. I'd be watching her very closely for signs of other problems, though - lack of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, skeletal pain (like in the back or hips). This sounds like a painful condition if she yelped when you touched her. If she's not seeming normal today I would take her in to the vet for an assessment, and to figure out where the problem is.


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