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I am new to the forum and would like to thank you all in advance for any of your replies. We have a new 10 week old Shi Tzu from a friend who just had a litter of all healthy pups – not a breeder so we had to take care of the shots before she was weaned from mom at 8 weeks.
She is a female (Bella) and she has difficulty pooping – 15-20 times a day, swollen anus, some very minor blood on the outside of anus just from pooping so much, sometimes no stool or short, pencil thin stools, or sometimes 4 inch pencil thin stools –never fully formed. 4 weeks straight. 4 visits to the vet: 1) enema with no results 2) Stool softener – no results 3) soft canned food with water added (she doesn’t drink much water from bowl, but is not dehydrated) 4) X-ray today showed no foreign blockage, but a good amount of feces.

Vet is now recommending a full Barium treatment at a cool $500 just to complete a “good workup”. She was sort of shrugging her shoulders and saying, “Look, I don’t know what it is and this is the next step. Take it or leave it.”

We love the dog and will probably do whatever it takes, but I wonder if we should at least try some holistic treatments, diet changes, etc. before we go down this road that probably ends with 2-3 thousand dollars in vet bills just for a diagnosis?

Any advice is appreciated

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get a second opinion and in the meantime you can try pure canned pumpkin. Mix in food or make her swallow like it is. When my dog was constipated I put some in his mouth with a teaspoon. Pumpkin is very good for constipation OR diarrhea. It works both ways. Don't ask me why. But it does.
 

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What do you normally feed her?

If you regularly give her canned food only that could be the cause. I found that with my girl, she has to be eating either a mixture of canned food and dry food or just dry food to be eliminating normally. It was something about the canned food only that her body didn't like.

I agree with the PP though...def get a second opinion and maybe talk to a dog nutritionist.
 

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Thanks for the replies. We did go to another vet today he wasn't much help, frankly. He told us to make sure her anus was trimmed of any hair. Huh? We made sure that was not the problem in the first hour!

She has been unable to poop for two days straight. He was able to manipulate about 4-5 inches of feces and confirmed the anal glands were not swollen but the rectum is very swollen. Poor thing tries to squat for 3-4 minutes with no results. She tries to go every 10-15 minutes. If she eliminates at all, it is one inch, pencil size.

Vet did not agree that barium treatment was needed yet. He put her back on stool softeners which was already tried with no results.

We tried dry (moistened) dog food mixed with canned pumpkin for a couple days. No change.

We are also trying to hydrate her manually with a syringe full of water to make sure she is getting plenty of water becasue she will not drink from her bowl. She is not as playful today and we are starting to get worried.

The dog simply cannot defecate normally for 6 weeks straight and so far, two vets are clueless. Guess we'll keep trying and hoping.

Thanks again.
 

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Oh, no! I'm so sorry it's not getting better and you don't seem to be getting any answers. I wonder if there are vets that specialize in bowel issues. It sounds like that's what you need.

Good luck. Keep us posted.
 

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:( I am sorry to hear about your dog, but i am glad to have found you. My Yorkie-Poo is 9 weeks old and sounds like she is having the same issue. We had her x-rayed and she also had a lot of poo in her. They did the enema and she acutally started going but now she goes a lot and her anus is also swollen and open. So I have to constanly clean her so she doesn't get it on anything. We have tried wet food, wet with dry food. They are having us try an anti-iflammatory and it seems to be sort of working but she still seems to nto be able to get it all out and always ends up with some stuck in there and on her butt. She also has this poops. I hope we can figure it out. I am taking her to an internal medicine vet for a second opinion.
 

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Sorry to hear about your Yorkie. I guess every case is a little different. Ours is looking like a congenitle issue. We finally went to a specialist and had a full examination done. She has was it referred to a "stricture" which is basically a narrowing between the rectum and the colon. We waited for a few weeks and she went in for surgery yesterday but the vet said she wants to wait even longer as she believes the stricture is widening naturally. Her problem is also complicated by a "motality" which is when the feces can pass through the colon but due to complicated neurological reason, she can't "pinch".

I believe our case is somewhat rare and if she does have a motality, we may have to make hard decisions as this will be a quality of life issue for her entire life of never ending cycle of incontinence and constipation.

Alarming as our story may sound, it is not common.

All the best.
 
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