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With everything Zeke is going through, he is also constipated. He goes just a little bit each day, but I believe his neck gives him too much pain to get into position and actually bear down. I am wondering too, if his belly is big tonight because of gas. He has been passing gas for a while now. I do have docusate I can give him, but it doesn’t work very quickly. If it’s gas, I can give him simethicone. I just want to hear others experiences with these things before I use them.

Also, he has been getting a tablspoon of pure pumpkin in each meal, along with at least a cup of water in case he’s a bit dehydrated. He’s not really drinking.

Can anyone offer me help for tonight? We see his vet in about 10 1/2 hours from now.


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I guess it’s ok for tonight. He’s finally sleeping quietly and comfortably, and I need to do the same.

One thing I read about simethicone (for gas), human pills come in 125mg soft gels. Small dogs can only have up to 25mg. Thank God I didn’t just give it to him!

Docusate (stool softener) can be anywhere from 50-200mg. A dog zeke’s size can have up to 100mg. But since he seems more comfortable now I am not giving him that either.

Maybe the vet will do an enema in the morning to get him cleaned out.


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I find a little liver works well to get things moving, with pumpkin or sweet potato to keep them that way. It is easy to overdo it though - a teaspoonful is about right for my toys!
 
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:( I hope your little guy gets feeling better soon. How old is he?? How is his appetite??

What does his diet typically consist of? Raw? Homemade? Kibble?

If he will eat it, try boiling a plain skinless chicken breast and let him drink the broth and shred the plain cooked chicken for him to eat. Pumpkin also works for constipation, and getting him to run around helps get things moving too (only if he’s feeling well enough to)


 

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Also - gently massage his tummy lightly if he will lay on his back. This may just help a little bit move the gas through.

Sorry, to add to my previous reply... definitely if he isn’t interested in plain water, boil beef or chicken and just give him the cooled down broth and see if that will peak his interest.


 

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He’s been getting pumpkin in his kibble with every meal. And that is all mixed with quite a bit of water in case he’s a little dehydrated. The vet, today, said I am doing everything right. His appetite is as good as ever.

She thinks his abdomen may be getting so big is because of gas. She also thinks he may have some kind of infection in his GI tract, so she did bloodwork to check for that.

Last night he was so maiserable I just didn’t know what to do for him. Tonight, even though his abdomen is big again he is more comfortable because of the pain med she gave him.

Thank you so much for responding. I should hear back in the morning snout an infection.


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Poppy gets what I think is reflux and trapped gas - not enough to be bloat, but enough to be very uncomfortable. My vet gives me just a few little tablets, the name of which I can never remember, but half of one puts her right - the alternative is many hours of discomfort and escorting her out to find the right kind of grass, until eventually she eats enough to make herself sick, and immediately feels better! I will check the packet for the name ...
 
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