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Old 11-07-2010, 07:33 PM
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My dog got a poop stuck in her pooper

Yesterday was weird. Fed my girl Sky (a Boston Terrier). Let her out to poop. She came in acting odd. I put her in my lap and she was shaking. Put her on her favorite pillow and after about 15 minutes she was up pacing around. So back outside she went.

After 3 trips outside. I noticed her popper was sort of puckered and swollen. I noticed a dry chunk stuck between her stubby tail and butt. Got some toilet paper and wiped. I didn't know else what to do. The idea of playing Indiana Jones and digging for brown treasure didn't appeal to me. Wiping a dogs ass is bad enough.

I put her in her crate and went to bed. Next morning I found a very, very dried out turd on her towel. I guess she finally got it out during the night.

Anyone else run into this problem? What did you do? I've noticed Sky has a lot of very dry poops. She strains pretty hard. I'm feeding her Hills Science. I wonder if there are dog treats that might give her some moisture and make pooping easier?

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Old 11-07-2010, 07:37 PM
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I had a cat almost die from one; had to bring him to the vet for an I.V. and a professional enema.

He had gone three days without being able to poop and even the smallest amount of liquid he would eat, he would immediately throw up because he was so blocked...

Not pretty.
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Old 11-07-2010, 07:57 PM
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A women at work called the vet because she saw the biggest hemroid hanging out out of her dog. Turns out the dog ate a pair of pantyhose.
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Old 11-07-2010, 08:31 PM
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How much (water) does she drink? You could try putting her food in water if she has a tendency not to drink too much. You could also mix the kibble with apple sauce.
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:13 PM
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give her a bit of pumpkin. it's good for doggie digestion and they like it.
good time of year for it too,
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Old 11-07-2010, 10:50 PM
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Raw pumpkin? We're getting ready for some Thanksgiving pies. I'll see if she'll eat some.

I've started filling the water bowl more. Hopefully, the extra fluids will help her digestion.

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Old 11-07-2010, 11:08 PM
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Raw pumpkin? We're getting ready for some Thanksgiving pies. I'll see if she'll eat some.

I've started filling the water bowl more. Hopefully, the extra fluids will help her digestion.
She probably won't eat raw pumpkin. My vet told me to use pumpkin filling. In fact, she also told me to always stockpile a few cans of it, because it's next to impossible to find outside of pumpkin season.
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Old 11-08-2010, 12:40 AM
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We had something similar with our daughter who was about 6 months old at the time. After lots of screaming and no sleep through the night I changed her nappy and noticed a solid poo poking out of her bottom which was bleeding a bit. We were getting ready to apply lube and massage it out of there when she gave a momentous push and got it out herself. Distressful for everyone involved.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:32 AM
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Just make sure it's pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie mix with the spices and sugar. Good fiber content. Don't be alarmed if the stool is orangeish.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:34 AM
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Agree on the canned pumpkin. It is a very good fiber supplement for dogs.
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Old 11-08-2010, 08:50 AM
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I've being reading about feeding pumpkin to dogs on google. It's something I'm going to start today after a trip to the store.

I never would have thought of pumpkin. many thanks to the Dope!
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:23 AM
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If you can't find pumpkin, or run out of pumpkin (there's been a pumpkin shortage) or find pumpkin to be too expensive, then try un-salted green beans.

My dog gets a can of un-salted green beans every night at 8. Mostly as a filler to keep her weight down, but it also seems to keep her regular. She eats nothing but dry food and green beans and she's as regular as the day is long.

I buy the beans by the case when it goes on sale, which is like every few months.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:04 AM
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My girl Bertie (r.i.p.) would occasionally suffer from incomplete defecation. They wouldn't come out completely, and she'd panic and run around screaming with it sticking out of her anus. I'd just grab a tissue, catch her and pull it out. Was kinda funny at the time.
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Old 11-08-2010, 10:10 AM
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OP, my WAG is that your Sky isn't drinking enough water - she sounds like she's got chronic low-grade dehydration. One suggestion: we put a low birdbath outside that now is ostensibly for the birds but in reality is the kitties' bird-flavored water dispenser. It seems to interest them much more than indoor water!
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:49 PM
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I've never had that problem, but it reminded of an incident with the late and much lamented Bitz the Wondermutt.

Bitz was a squat and walk pooper. I was out on the back patio one day and she wandered around the corner to take a dump. A minute or so later, she comes back around the corner, still in her squat and walk, with a turdlet apparently floating in the air about 4 inches under her butt.

I ran into the house and got a poop bag, then went back out to see what the hell was going on. Turns out she had eaten one of my now ex-wife's hairs off the floor and it was hanging out of her butt embedded in the turdlet. It was too thin for her to pass, so I had to pluck it out for her.

I think that was the most grateful I'd ever seen Bitz, and she was always a very appreciative dog to begin with.
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Old 11-08-2010, 06:48 PM
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The easiest way to increase moisture in a pet's diet is to incorporate canned food. If you don't want to feed only canned food, you can just adjust her meals to include both. Take away half of the kibble and replace it with canned. Better yet, after scooping the canned into her bowl, add a tablespoon of water to it and mix well, then either mix the kibble in, or serve it on the side.

Kitties have a bigger problem with moisture than dogs. With 4 cats I don't take chances, and feed canned with water added first, then go about other things like showering or making dinner. Once the canned is mostly eaten, I drop kibble into the bowls so they can free-feed until next mealtime. If the canned isn't well-eaten within 30-60 minutes, I skip the kibble until next time.

The canned pumpkin is a good fiber-booster. A Boston probably only needs a couple teaspoons a day. And do make sure it's plain "canned pumpkin" and not pie filling! But boosting fiber isn't the only answer - boosting moisture is key.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:21 AM
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Dogs can also eat Metamucil. The active ingredient is Psyllium, a bulk-forming laxative, used to treat constipation. Get the plain unflavored stuff and stir some (depends on the weight of the dog, but you don't need too much) powder into the food (either the canned food recommended above, or plain yogurt which is also good for digestion).

Our doggie dietitian actually included it in the recipe we home-cook for our dogs, so they get it every night, and they do fine.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:23 PM
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I can attest to the Metamucil thing. When Bitz was getting over an intestinal infection my vet put her on a scoop for every meal until the stools got normal.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:36 PM
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Agree on the canned pumpkin. It is a very good fiber supplement for dogs.
heck with the dogs, it is a great side dish and full of fiber for humans also =)

However, don't feed applesauce to cats - or at least more than a tablespoon full or so - every time any cat I have had has chowed down on apple sauce they then hurk it back up.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:55 PM
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I've never had that problem, but it reminded of an incident with the late and much lamented Bitz the Wondermutt.

Bitz was a squat and walk pooper. I was out on the back patio one day and she wandered around the corner to take a dump. A minute or so later, she comes back around the corner, still in her squat and walk, with a turdlet apparently floating in the air about 4 inches under her butt.

I ran into the house and got a poop bag, then went back out to see what the hell was going on. Turns out she had eaten one of my now ex-wife's hairs off the floor and it was hanging out of her butt embedded in the turdlet. It was too thin for her to pass, so I had to pluck it out for her.

I think that was the most grateful I'd ever seen Bitz, and she was always a very appreciative dog to begin with.
My dog once did the same "come around the corner still in the squat walk" thing. In his case, it wasn't a poop on a hair, it was a sock coming out of his butt!

The vet removed the sock and checked the dog out. Dog was fine. Oddest thing was the vet put the sock in a plastic bag to hand back to me! No. I don't want the poop sock back, thank you.

How a dog eats a sock whole, I've not figured out.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:12 PM
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My dog once did the same "come around the corner still in the squat walk" thing. In his case, it wasn't a poop on a hair, it was a sock coming out of his butt!
An ex-girlfriend's roommate had a dog that would eat socks, panties and anything out of the trash it could reach (i.e. close all doors to the bathrooms at all times). It was pretty gross. It's like a canine version of pika.
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Old 11-10-2010, 07:58 AM
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I bought some pumpkin yesterday. One of the google sources suggested putting it in ice trays. One large can almost filled two trays. each 'cube' is about 2 tablespoon. Now, all I have to do is thaw a cube each night and I've got fresh pumpkin to serve my pup.

So far, she's eating it ok. I mixed the pumpkin in with her dry food.
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