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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 07-07-2009, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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Questions about constipation and healthy remedies

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I am wondering what constitutes constipation for our little Havanese babies? How long without them going before I should worry? I'm feeding Bodhi less now because the vet said he's over weight (16.5 lbs)...so that might be contribuating to fewer stools...but...one day...two? When should I be concerned?

Then...what are the best, most natural remedies for constipation?

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If you see a whole lot of straining & nothing comes out when you they are trying to go #2.

What are you feeding Bodhi? Can you feel his ribs? We've had vets in the past tell us that our Havs were overweight when they weren't even close to being overweight. Obviously, they weren't checking the ribs and hair makes them appear bigger...

I think Pumpkin is probably the best natural remedy for both constipation and diarrhea. Make sure to get the straight canned pumpkin not the pumpkin pie filling.
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Joellyn, is Bohdi just not going or is he trying to go and straining? The most recommended remedy I have always heard is a tablespoon of pumpkin with meals. My boys would not touch pumpkin with a 10 ft pole so I was delighted to be told about
Arabinogalactin Powder by a canine nutritionist. It is a fiber supplement from the Larch tree and also a powerful antioxident. you can get it at most vitamin shops like Lucky Vitamin online. My boys are very regular now and much more comfortable.

I would say by the third, fourth, day I would call the vet. good luck.




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I feed him a combination of Ziwipeak...which is an air-dried raw food. I supplement with boiled chicken, veggies and a little green tripe.

Pumpkin...I'll keep some on hand. Thanks!

Yeah...I can feel his ribs. But the vet said he gained 3 pounds in six months (going from age 9 months to 15 months of age) and is more rectangular shaped than having a well-defined waistline. Of course, I realize they know next to nothing about nutrition...but...



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No straining...just not sure he's pooping every day now.



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Sounds like you have his nutrition down pat

Idk, if its just me but when did ppl start going by well defined well defined waistlines on dogs rather than a rib check? Sounds like this vet maybe used to triangle dogs i.e. Dobermans, Min Pins, Chis, Paps, etc. Not all dogs are triangular. Some breeds have defined waists some do not. Havanese are supposed to be rectangular!!

Sounds to me the vet didn't take in account the breed and his age. He was just a pup filling out. I don't think you need to cut back on his food. Just keep a check on his ribs.
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Dexter is very particular about where is going to poo. He takes his sweet time looking for a great spot, now if he has to really go, it is the first place he comes to in the yard.

Guess you are going to have to watch him to see if he poos. Dexter has a poo 2-3x day.

Make sure he is getting his fluids and some exercise.



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Renee...Thank you so much for your thoughts on what is overweight for a Havanese! I like my vets...but I do not think they are all that up to par on nutrition, etc. They told me to stop feeding him tripe...that raw food (albeit air dried) was potentially harmful. And no offense to anyone...but...they seem to push Science Diet.

Linda...Thank you too. He did poop today...so I'm feeling better. He could probably use a bit more exercise...but right now in the heat...I don't take him to doggie day care for romping. He does have his sister Leela to play with though.

Anyone else want to...ahem...weigh in...on the "when is a Havanese overweight" question?



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Joellyn, my boys had both diarhea and constipation in the Ziwi Peak. They also both gained some weight and were starving. When the food gets dehydrated you feed just so little for the same calories... the ZIWI is a very nutrient and calorie dense food.

There is nothing like a recently converted to preach...but I finally gave into all my reservations and am feeding the Natures Variety Raw Medallions raw...I say that because at one time I cooked them. There is no question that my boys are doing great so I have stopped messing with their food.

Perhaps consider the frozen raw over the Ziwi-- If you do a search on the forum for Ziwi Peak I seam to remember there were some concerns a while back and that some shops were discontinueing it due to problems with dogs. Just a thought.




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Renee...Thank you so much for your thoughts on what is overweight for a Havanese! I like my vets...but I do not think they are all that up to par on nutrition, etc. They told me to stop feeding him tripe...that raw food (albeit air dried) was potentially harmful. And no offense to anyone...but...they seem to push Science Diet.
Yeah, I hear you. I find it pathetic how little most vets know about nutrition and how they're always trying to push their prescription diets. The prescription diets that are nothing but crap full of corn and fillers and other harmful ingredients. Stuff that can be harmful to even a healthy dog! Unfortunately, we learned this the hard way as we were misguided by our old vets and nearly lost one of our Havs due to improper nutrition. Vets are like human doctors pushing pills for kickbacks.
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