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Pooper having trouble Pooping

I don't know if our Hav is getting constipated or not. When it's my turn to take her out and has to poop my observation is that she seems to struggle. Some days are worse than others.

A really worse day is she assumes the position.... waits like 10 seconds... nothing.... walks like 3 feet and repeats all over.

What can we add/remove to her diet that will make her more less "pushy"?


Currently she is fed twice a day. The rule we go by is 1% her body weight twice a day. She gets plenty of exercise for two reason: 1.) get all that energy out of her so she can sleep 2.) it's a good 1 on 1 time with our baby girl 3.) we don't want a fat dog 4.) a healthy puppy is a happy puppy, and a happy puppy makes for happy parents.

We give her salmon oil once in the morning.
treats are only used when she is being extremely good and during training.
She drinks enough water daily, so we know she is well hydrated.
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how many days has she been struggling. ? Do the others notice this too.?

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Hi,

By your post I assume you are feeding her a raw diet? (talking about percentages of body weight ...)

If so, maybe she is getting to much bone in her diet? Just a though!

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My question was about diet as well. 1 percent if awfully low. Small dogs usually are on the upper end of 3% of their weight. Exercising is going to increase her need for food. Can you see her ribs? When you touch her at her ribs, are they very easily felt? Dogs do need some fat on them to be healthy (not talking obese here, but dogs do need fat in general). Only if you have medical conditions, such as pancreatitis, or perhaps diabetes, do you need to severly cut back on fat..

How old is she? What exactly are you feeding her in terms of meat,carbs, veggies (how are they prepared) and supplements. Are you giving bone or calcium if not feeding commercial food that has this in there already? If bone, how much (repeating Ryan), if calcium, then what type of calcium and how much ((really looking for the amount of mg per day)). Any vitamin/mineral mixes if home feeding, etc?
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Also, how old is she? if she is a pup and very active 1% may not be enough food. But also, just to help things go a little on a raw diet...you can add canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin no sugar) or add cooked green beans to her raw (I use frozen)




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When my German Shepard did that, a trip to the Vet and he was inpacted with bones. Not something he or I ever wanted to happen again. I would have your dog to the Vet for an examination. Can't hurt.
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When Daisy acted like that - she had impacted anal glands.....

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