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Constipation....

Post  dianebarrybrazil on 1/31/2012, 2:45 pm

My 2 yo rescue Pug is currently constipated (x 3 days)....I suspect this may have developed from me giving her Benadryl (per vet's suggestion) to help with itching around her muzzle and toes. Antihistamines are very drying and I think it pulled water from her bowel and left her with dry stool. I have given her canned pumpkin, carrots and prunes x 3 days but so far have had only small results. I have given her no Benadryl since 4 days ago and have encouraged increased water intake. If things don't improve by the end of the week I'll be calling the vet but thought I might be able to manage this myself. Currently she is snoring away on the sofa so she is not in any acute distress. Anybody have any suggestions?
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Post  TNPUGMOMOF3 on 1/31/2012, 3:26 pm

Add a little broth to her water to encourage drinking... Pedialyte?

I would think the pumpkin would add mroe fiber and make it worse, but the prune should work, but may take a while...
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Post  Renee on 1/31/2012, 5:03 pm

When my Skeeter went through this, we fasted him, except for broth and a little bit of pumpkin. It took him a few days to work it out, but he did.

Marci has a good idea to increase the water intake by adding some broth.
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Post  smoochieface on 1/31/2012, 5:50 pm

You can also add about 1/3 cup of water to her kibble to also increase water intake. We do this for Bruno who has issues with crystals and really needs a lot of water in his system. He's also pretty naturally constipated compared to our other 2 pugs.
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Thanks!

Post  dianebarrybrazil on 1/31/2012, 6:02 pm

Thanks for the suggestions - I do add some hot water to her kibble to make a broth-like "gravy" (1/3 cup Newman's Organic dry food) and a heaping tablespoon of canned wet food (Wellness 95% Turkey) twice a day - in the morning I also give a squirt of salmon oil that I thought should also act as a softener/lubricant although it was recommended to help with skin and coat (reduce shedding!). This is the normal diet, adding the pumpkin, carrots and prunes are new additions. Things were fine until I started giving her the Benadryl daily about a week ago. Hope I can get Tallulah back on track - maybe I'll put out a little bowl of chicken broth to increase the fluid intake. I dread putting her on a liquid fast because she LOVES to eat and I'm afraid she'll be miserable.....ugh! Can't believe I have spent three days worrying about poop!
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Post  Maryjo on 1/31/2012, 6:10 pm

...Can't believe I have spent three days worrying about poop!

No worries... This is a PUG message board. We're always talking about poop, pee and other bodily functions. Laughing
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Success!!

Post  dianebarrybrazil on 2/1/2012, 4:23 pm

Thanks y'all! The prune/carrot/pumpkin/broth treatment has worked - things are moving along once again! Pug-tastrophe averted!
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Post  CSollers on 2/1/2012, 4:40 pm

That's great to see. We do understand the importance of Pug poop and pee around here!
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 2/2/2012, 8:19 am

That's great news. cheers We take our poop very seriously around here. Very Happy
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