my dog ate to many rawhide bones and now he can’t poop?

Question by Megan: my dog ate to many rawhide bones and now he can’t poop?
i know rawhide bones aren’t good especially if he eats about one a day but if he doesn’t have one he chews on socks and gloves (he gets at least 2 hours of vigorous exercise so dont say he just needs stimulation) how can i get him “unblocked” he has been trying every 15 minutes and nothing comes out. he is clearly not feeling well what can i do to get things moving for him!!

Best answer:

Answer by Lyndsay
Rawhide treats cause blockages because they are not digestable.

If he doesn’t go within the next few hours, he needs to go to the vet to have surgery.

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  1. If he is trying so hard, you may be too late to help him at home. The best laxative for a dog is plain canned pumpkin. However, a distressed dog may not want the pumpkin mixed with canned food.
    Metamucil ( or the generic) is safe and effective.
    I am worried that the blockage is such that he will need veterinary intervention. You can try this at home, if your dog is manageable.

    If he refuses to eat and drink, get him to a vet quickly!

    Why not get him a KONG Extreme chew toy. They will hold up very well, and can be filled with treats to keep him busy for hours.
    Here are some other indestructible toys:

  2. Foods that contain flour, sugar, rice, dairy and high protein are the main source of the problem. Ice cream, cookies, bread, chocolate, or other unhealthy food items can cause your dog unnecessary pain. As mentioned earlier, a lack of fiber and dehydration are common causes. Another cause for concern would be a condition known as mega colon. This simply means your dog has an inflamed colon which prevents the discharge of feces.

    The time to visit the vet will become evident when your dog’s inability to defecate is hampered by a decreased appetite, passing blood in minimal amounts, and overall lethargy. Keep in mind, contributing to the overall health of your dog should be of the utmost importance. A dog’s love is unconditional, therefore, he or she is totally dependent upon you to maintain a healthy and harmonious life. Be ever vigilant to any signs of stress and ensure his diet and exercise regimen is appropriate and on-going.

  3. He probably needs to go to the vet, it may be surgery time depending on how bad the blockage is, don’t let this go on for much longer though.
    You can try a human laxative or some high fibre foods but i’d personally go to the vet.
    In the future don’t give him as much rawhide (obviously) like someone else said kong toys tend to hold out really well!

  4. Rawhides are notorious for causing digestive problems in dogs. They are so dangerous and large pieces can easily become lodged in the intestines thus causing the dog to become constipated due to the fact that he has a blockage.
    Perhaps you could try giving him more fibre in the way of cabbage, carrots or green beans with his food. This will create bulk and and hopefully help the stool to pass through.

    If this doesn’t work you really need to take him to see a Vet who will investigate the cause of his constipation and treat it accordingly.

    Maybe you could get him a Kong and fill it with part of his daily kibble ration. This will keep him occupied for ages. Also, a large Beef knuckle bone or marrow bone is far better than giving him rawhides. I banned rawhides from my house years ago as I was forever trying to retrieve large slimy pieces from my dogs’ throats when they were nearly choking on them. I found they just played havoc with the dogs’ digestive systems.

    Good luck with your boy. I hope all goes well.

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