Q: What are symptoms of my dog having a bowel obstruction
My dog had a fecal impaction today. she has been bearing down like she was trying to have a bowel movement. On the outside of her butt she had a very formed stool. i dont know if she will have to have surgery for a obstruction or a intesseption ...
Oct 23, 2008
First, your vet will check the anal glands..if they are impacted, the vet can release the impaction with a gloved finger...don't stand too close b/c the odor will knock you down! If it's not the anal glands causing the problem, the next best thing to do is get an x-ray as opposed to an enema b/c the latter can cause more harm depending on where the impaction is. Laxatives can also be used if warranted. Last resort is surgery..especially if the bowel begins to die or if an object is stuck somewhere along the GI tract. Have the vet assess your dog first before making yourself crazy with the 'what-ifs'. Good luck to your doggie!
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