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stephjulian
Sun, Mar 31, 2024

I took Rico out to use bathroom he was whining to go outside which is abnormal for him he strained to get out his feces and started stumbling while he was trying to finish. He acted like he was not finished and started trying to go again. Dragging his hind end on the concrete. He also won’t eat or drink that much. So I let him come to my bed and lay down. He immediately laid on his side. I watched his belly kind of looking like it was contracting. Kind of have was panting a little bit, but that has stopped now and he’s just laying on his side, wanting to go to sleep.


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Given the situation, it's important to ensure that Rico stays hydrated. If he's not drinking much, you can encourage fluid intake by offering him ice cubes to lick or adding water or low-sodium chicken broth to his food to make it more appealing and increase his fluid intake. However, do not force him to eat or drink if he is resistant, as this could cause additional stress or harm.

The belly contractions and panting you observed could be signs of pain or discomfort. While he has stopped panting and wants to rest, it's crucial to continue monitoring his behavior.

For his hind end discomfort, you can gently clean the area with a warm, damp cloth to remove any fecal matter that may be causing irritation. Be gentle and avoid causing any further distress.

If Rico's condition does not improve or if he shows signs of worsening, such as continued refusal to eat or drink, vomiting, further lethargy, or if he seems to be in pain when you touch his abdomen or back, it's crucial to seek immediate veterinary care. These could be signs of a serious condition that requires prompt medical attention.

If he continues to strain without producing stool, or if the stool is very hard or dry, this could indicate constipation. On the other hand, if you notice any blood in his stool, this is also a sign that he needs to be seen by a professional.

If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.