hard time pooping
July 23, 2012 4:06pm CST
my dog is 7 months old and shes been on orijen from the start, i had her on half iams half orijen for a while because i had bought the bag of iams when she had no other food and only walmart is open. so now i am done the bag of iams i am going from half/half to just orijen, but today and yesterday she seems to have a hard time pooping. it takes a lot of effort and some time. she was ok on this food beforehand do you think its just the change over from iams to no iams, or that she needs to drink more water? have you had a dog that had a hard time pooping? maybe its just a one time thing, but my cousins dog had a inestinal block once. he had to get surgery to remove a bunch of bottle caps.this is probably ok because she did poop, though any thoughts on that possiblity? what else can cause a dog to have a hard time? i think im just a worried mama :P
24 Jul 12
I am sorry to hear that you have troubles with your dog pooping. I've never heard of a dog to be constipated because some dog dry food. On the contrary, there are many cases when dogs get diarrhea because their food was changed. My only experience with Orijen wasn't a pleasant one, my partner's dog got an ugly diarrhea from it and it took her 2 months of treatment to be back to normal. I suggest you to go see a vet, I'm afraid the problems couldn't come from the kibbles. Is there any risk that she could have eaten something unusual? Maybe she chew up her toys or something?
24 Jul 12
Hi, she has only a few toys at a time and theyre all intact. she did once drag a box of qtips under the bed to start snacking on since then i have tried to keep things up and away but its tough since i have most things in boxes. i will see if it clears up i may need to go to the vet hopefully it will be just some reaction to switching off of iams. i am interested in the orijen problem your partner had, what went wrong that had it last 2 months? was it a bad reaction to the food content or the change? it seems very serious to last 2 months of treatment.
25 Jul 12
It really was serious. She had mucus stools for all that time. Sometimes the stools were almost liquid, sometimes they were solid but covered with mucus. The doctors said her whole intestine was affected. She took lots of medicines until we found the one that cured her. During all this time he ate some sort of digestive formula of dry food but we also tried (at the vet's advice) a home made diet based on boiled rice and carrots.
25 Jul 12
wow, im sorry to hear how serious it was though im glad she got better! my family dog got sick once and was put on a diet of ground beef and rice, rice must be a great food for dogs to digest. he had a bad reaction to a flea medication he was given because we were going to drop him off at a dog kennel. so he was vomiting and digestion was out of whack. he had no complaints on that diet either, loved it seemed to be a treat for him. though it probably isnt good for long term nutrition-wise.
24 Jul 12
Sorry to hear that monkmano. I'm a dog lover myself so I know you must be pretty worried. You can have your dog drink some milk. Normally, this causes diarrhea but if your dog is constipated then it can help. Avoid giving him/her hard food to digest...just soft ones and lots of water. And also, walk him/her as this increases intestinal motility. If your dog still won't poop take your dog to the vet.