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My husband and I just rescuded a Border Collie/Chow mix yesterday. She had a sore on her bottom, I am guessing it was from the wet floor in the kennel at the shelter. We plan to take her to the vet this weekend to see what the sore is about. She has a hard time sitting because obvisously it hurts.
She refuses to go to the bathroom during walks. I'm not sure if she's holding it because of the sore on her bottom or she thinks that walks are for exercise only. She will sniff the grass but won't go. Last night after dinner she went to the door we put the leash on her took her out walked for 45 minutes wouldn't go. My mom took her for a long walk outside for about two hours or so earlier in the afternoon wouldn't go. She hasn't gone since she left the shelter. I started to worry.
When we came back from the walk she urinated on her dog pillow. You could tell she felt bad about it. I am not sure if she is confused as to where to go or is she holding it due to the sore on her bottom? We can't just let her outside due to the fact we are condo owners. I took her out for a walk this morning and she didn't go and my husband tried to take her in the middle of the night as well and nothing either. Please help!
Yes, there is a problem here, but it may have multiple origins. The sore on her bottom could be the problem, or she could have a urinary infection. Be sure to get her to the vet ASAP, and if you can't get an appointment right away, call the vet's emergency phone number. Don't be shy about it.
Our rescue Springer Spaniel, Magic, did not poop for three days after we got him. We were worried, but finally discovered that he really needs to run free for a few minutes before he poops. In other words, you'll discover her preferences and "mental problems" over time, but I would have this checked out immediately.
I think potty problems are typical of a lot of rescued dogs. She has been through so much trauma, and this may be her way of expressing the anguish.
Good luck and please keep us posted.
As everyone advised, get your dog to the vet ASAP. The sore isn't her only issue though. Because you don't know her history you don't know if she was ever housebroken. Begin with the vet then either hire a trainer to help you train your dog or research obedience training including housebreaking. It is possible that her previous owners may have traumatized her by rubbing her nose in her feces or pee if she had an 'accident' on the floor. When this happens, the dog will not eliminate in front of the owner any longer, instead, will hide somewhere and 'go'. She may be afraid to 'go' in front of you or anyone else. If the vet gives her a clean bill of health then you must begin to potty train her as if she were a puppy. You didn't say how old this dog is but if she is a pup, she can only hold her bladder for as many hours as she is months old plus one. If she is six months old, she can hold it for seven hours. If she is an adult, she can hold it up to 12 or 13 hours. If she is only a pup, she needs to be in a crate and put on a regular potty schedule.
Yesterday my rescue dog Gracie arrived at 13:40. She's a smooth haired Collie almost 4 years old. My concern is that, so far, she hasn't pooped and has only peed once, this morning at 7:15. She didn't attempt any toilet functions on her walk last night. I have a garden and the door is open, because of the good weather, but even though if she needs to go she can, she isn't if that makes sense.
She ate perfectly well this morning, but no poop and she's not remotely interested in the fish or liver treats I offered her this afternoon as a reward for being in the garden. I thought encouraging her into the garden may help, but so far nothing. I don't want to overreact, but nor do I want to ignore it if it is a problem. I've only had puppies before so have never come across this issue with an adult dog. She definitely isn't doing the 'business' elsewhere so should I simply go straight to the vet? Any nuggets of wisdom greatly appreciated.
That is a long time. I would call the vet and see what he or she says.
Definitely talk to the vet. Good to establish a relationship from the start.
I would be more worried she is dehydrated, which can also make it harder for her to poop.
My neighbors dog had surgery and didn't poop for a week, so while that was concerning, their vet said as long as she was eating and peeing, they were not worried. Obviously this is a different situation, the point just that the vet can give you a game plan and suggestions.
Not all pups like all snacks, so as long as she is eating her meals that is good.
Prayers that she gets less stressed and everything settles! Let me know how it goes!
Hi everyone. Success! Gracie has done the necessary without any issues.. Her feeding and drinking has been affected by it so I think it was simply an 'adjustment' thing but I'll keep my eye on it just in case. Thank you for your responses. Very much appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. All is well now so I think it was an adjustment thing.
Yeah!!! Here's to Gracie and you having a lovely and healthy life together!!! Enjoy!!!
I am looking for some doggy advice. So we got our rescue dog 3 weeks ago and he's incredibly anxious. He's quite taken with my girlfriend and is completely comfortable around her. He is less so with me and very skittish with men in general. We've been making great progress, but it is still an ongoing thing. I'm permanently at home while my girlfriend goes to work so daily routine is my thing and we've always done it fine. Occasionally with a male friend of mine in tow. My girlfriend had the last 6 days off and was at home. Today, he's not peed while walking at all. (He did this morning with my girlfriend). We went out late morning with my friend and it was a disaster. Monty had clearly forgotten who he was and wasn't happy at all so we cut that short and headed home. I took him out again mid afternoon and still no pee. Am I right in thinking it's just the change in routine that's got him stressed and we can expect Niagara falls when my girlfriend gets home or should I be worried?
He will probably urinate soon. Give him plenty of water. Call the vet if he does not go.
It is possible he just didn't have to go and will have a longer pee when your girl friend takes him out. If he stops peeing for more than 12 hours call the vet ASAP! That is not normal!
So, many rescue pups need strict routine and take longer to acclimate than dogs you have raised from a pup. We have done both, as have all of our dog owning friends, and we have had many the discussion over exactly what you described.
Some food for thought....
...You may want to introduce other people slowly and not on walk times or meal times until your pup after he has become fully comfortable with you, since he already seems bonded with your gf.
...Potty and meal times need to be a safe place for the pup. A stranger disrupts that.
One last thing is to develop a good relationship with your vet and the pup. Ask if he may need something to help him with the transaction to his forever home.
My sister dog was a rescue and needed a year or so of an antidepressant to help her trust our family! She is an amazing pup now...it just took time, routine and to get to that point.
Prayers for all!!
he will.indeed go soon , just comfort him as much as possible thats all you really can dk you have no idea what kinda home he was at before you always be aware in case he changes for the worse but always give him patients and guidance
When my dog was a puppy, she wouldn't go potty unless she was in our yard. We went on a vacation and I didn't see her go for a couple of days. At one point, we were at a park with a small stream and she trotted right in and relieved herself. I think it was the running water that clicked something in her brain. It might be something to try when walking him.
Things will probably work out as your dog acclimatizes to his new home. If he is going with your girlfriend, it's probably not a medical concern.
Thanks all! As suspected it was just a horribly stressful day. There has been no repeat. Thanks also for all the helpful advice.
My mother and I just bought a a dog from a nice lady. She said her friend's ex left her tied to their fence. She is a 7 year old Shih Tzu mix (probably poodle as well). That being said she got fleas pretty badly which we are taking care of. When I walk her she goes pee, but she won't poop. I've had her for just two days. I'm sure she's still stressed with all the moving. I just want to make sure there isn't more I can do before her vet visit; she drinks enough water. Is there anything else I can do?
My friend swears by pumpkin for her dogs when they don't poop. Pumpkin is high in water content and a great source of fiber. You can either puree fresh pumpkin or use canned pureed pumpkin but not the sweetened "spice" type.
You can rub her belly gently. You can also give her coconut oil (1T for 45 lb dog).
We just picked up a Lab, Pit, Mastiff, Boxer mix yesterday. The dog will pee just fine, but has not pooped yet and it has been 19 hours. I do have an appointment at the vet to get the dog fixed and an office visit, but that is not for another 4 days counting today. There are no bruises, rashes, or bites of any kind. There is no way I can let my dog run loose. Please help.
I would call the vet. Waiting 4 days to see him is too long. The dog will probably go soon, but you deserve peace of mind.
Just the other day, I got a new dog. He is a Dachshund named Dom, I had gotten him from a friend of mine. My friend lives in the city and I live out in the country, so it was quite a long drive for him. I took him out for a walk along my property, hoping that he would go to the bathroom. He didn't, but I thought it was just because he went earlier. A few hours later, he had drank a bit and I thought he was ready to go. Nope, nothing. I started to get worried and there is still nothing, I don't know what to do and I'm scared that something will happen. What's wrong, what should I do?
Is he trained to go outside? Some are trained to only go inside on pads or paper. I would ask the friend what the routine is for the dog.