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My old fur-baby had his amputation surgery 3 days ago, but he has yet to poop since being home! He has not eaten much – he refuses his dog food, but is more than willing to chow down on a bit of pork and salami. 

Is this normal though not to have pooped yet? At what point do I call the vet? Honestly, I am probably going to call tomorrow regardless, but I am just wondering if this is normal? He’s farting just fine, but GOOD LORD do they stink!!



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Loooove the avatar  picture!😊

Yes, not poopicon_png yet IS “NORMAL” for just three days out.  So no worries, okay?  He’s  on pain meds  and probably  an antibiotic and not eating a lot.  All of that adds up to no poopicon_png!  It may take him another few days  to poopicon_png

Some people try steamed squash (if he’ll eat it ) and some try a little bit of NATURAL canned pumpkin.  Make sure he’s  drinking plenty  of water.  And yes, feeding  him anything  he’ll eat right now is good…cheeseburgers, bacon and eggs, etc.  You can deal woth proper nutrition  later.   I think the record was seven days before one pup went. 

Let us know when we have poopicon_png!  We love to celebrate  that milestone  during recovery!


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Oh gosh yeah totally normal. Three days isn’t a long time for some dogs, they took as long as five or six. Follow Sally’s tips for moving things along, poop happens, we promise! poopicon_png

As for eating…yeah, that happens a lot once our pups get a taste for something other than kibble. It doesn’t help that pain medication dulls the appetite (although keep giving the meds, he needs them now!). Mixing up things like boiled chicken, sauteed beef and blended up veggies into his regular food can really get his appetite going again and eventually you should be able to transition him back.

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Our Flurry looks like he is ready for a bowel movement, postop day two with pumpkin this evening.  But when he tried to assume the squatting position he plopped down on his bottom.  😣 he’s an 80lb german Shepherd.  Any recommendations on how I can support him while he is figuring it out?  Any recommendations appreciated!

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Hello and welcome Flurry and pack, your future posts will not have to wait for approval.

I can’t tell from the avatar- did Flurry lose a front or back leg? Maybe the back leg since he can’t hold his squat?

One thing you can try is a sling- if the vet didn’t give you one you can make one out of a reusable shopping bag:

DIY Sling

You can also try a towel or a long sleeve shirt.

Also- please consider starting your own thread so you can introduce your handsome boy and tell us his story.

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Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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Thank you for your reply, Karen!  What a wonderful community.  I will try out the shopping bag sling!  Fingers crossed for a successful poop today.poopicon_pngheartpoopicon_pngheart

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