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Q: What are symptoms of my dog having a bowel obstruction

October 22, 2008 | By Jillohio79 | 4 answers | Expired: 2084 days ago

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 ...

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marie s.
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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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Anonymous
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Oct 22, 2008

Impacted Anal Glands is something very different from a bowel obstruction. If you take your dog to a groomer, many groomers will (EAG) Express the Anal Glands to prevent it from becoming impacted. Vets will do it too. Dogs with this problem tend to need to have an EAG regularly.

Vomiting and straining to go as well as vomiting and diarrhea can be a sign of an obstruction. Your vet will be able to tell. Sometimes X-Rays are required to determine if there is an obstruction. Sometimes your vet can feel around your pets abdomen to see if it is just severe constipation. Not all obstructions require surgery. Constipation may require an enema and diet change.

Perhaps you need to talk to your vet again about what is going on with your pet. It is always a good idea to ask your vet questions when you are confused about something s/he said. It's okay to call and let the receptionist know you'd like the doctor to call you back because you have a few follow up questions from your last appointment.

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daryl b.
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Oct 22, 2008

it may be just a case of costipation. i would call the vt and see what he says he may say bring her i or tell you to give her some sort of stool softener. good luck i hope it is just costpatio

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Liz C.
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Oct 22, 2008

It may be that you dog has impacted anal galnds, which can make it very difficult to pass stool. Depending on how badly compacted the stool, surgery may need to be done. X-rays can tell how bad the situation is. I hope you dog gets better soon!

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