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What is Yelping When Pooping?

There are times when your dog will experience pain or have difficulty defecating. This is called dyschezia. Generally, your dog will yelp when he poops because there is some type of disorder of the rectum or colon. You should never ignore your dog when they are yelping when they poop. Contact your veterinarian for an appointment to determine what is causing your dog to yelp when defecating. 

Masses that form within the colon or rectum can cause your dog to yelp when pooping. An injury or mass on the anus or the perineum can also cause pain when your dog poops. In male dogs, if they have a condition affecting the prostate, painful defecation can occur. The prostate gland is located under a segment of the colon and an enlarged prostate gland can cause your dog to experience pain when they poop. 

Potential causes of your dog yelping when pooping include:

  • Colon or rectum disorder
  • Mass on the anus or perineum
  • Constipation 
  • Pseudocoprostasis
  • Prostate problems
  • Mass or injury in the pelvic region

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Why Yelping When Pooping Occurs in Dogs

Colon or Rectum Disorder

When there is a problem occurring inside the colon or the rectum, your dog will experience pain when they try to poop. Masses, such as cancer or polyps, can cause the fecal matter to back up and be more difficult for your dog to pass. This can cause them to yelp when they poop. Dogs that have swallowed small foreign objects will many times pass them through the colon and rectum and then out of the body. This can cause pain if the foreign object is irregularly shaped or has jagged edges. Strictures or narrowing of the colon or rectum can make it difficult for your dog to pass feces out of the body. 

Mass on the Anus or Perineum

Masses such as cancer or polyps on the anus or the perineum can cause your dog to yelp when he poops. The anus can also have a stricture or narrowing that makes it more difficult for your dog to pass fecal matter out of the body. Anal gland infections, abscesses or cancer can cause pain when defecating. Sometimes your dog may suffer from a perineal hernia. A perineal hernia is when the tissue within the pelvis and into the soft tissue behind the hip becomes herniated. This can cause pain when your dog attempts to defecate.  Another possible condition that your dog may be suffering from is perineal fistula. This occurs when the skin around the anus becomes infected and ulcerated. 

Constipation

When your dog is constipated and straining to poop, it can become painful for them. If you notice they are straining excessively and producing very little, if any, feces they may be constipated. Dogs that are suffering from constipation can be given over the counter medications, but consult with your veterinarian before giving any medications to your dog. 

Pseudocoprostasis

Keeping your dog’s hind end well groomed and in some instances, clipped short is not just to make them look good. When there are knots or mats around the anus, feces can become trapped and cause pseudocoprostasis. With feces trapped so close to the skin an infection can occur. In severe cases, the hair is so matted that feces are unable to escape the body and begin to back up into the colon, making your dog severely sick.

Prostate Problems

For male dogs, the colon is located above the prostate gland. When there is a problem with the prostate gland, such as an infection, cancer or abscess, it can cause your dog to experience pain when they try to defecate. 

Mass or Injury in the Pelvic Region

Fractures or injuries to the pelvic bones can cause your dog pain when they have to strain to poop. Masses or infections can also cause your dog to feel pain when they attempt to defecate.

What to do if your Dog is Yelping When Pooping

When you notice your dog yelping when he poops, note whether or not he is able to pass any feces. If he does, collect a stool sample for your veterinarian. When you take your dog in for his appointment, explain the symptoms that you have seen as well as how long your dog has been exhibiting pain when he passes stool. 

Your veterinarian will order diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your dog to be in pain when they defecate. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment plans will be discussed. Surgery may be required for certain conditions and medications may be prescribed. Be sure to listen to your veterinarian and ask any questions regarding your dog’s treatment plan. Follow all dosing instructions closely when giving your dog medications.

Prevention of Yelping When Pooping

Feed your dog a diet that is high in fiber and protein to ensure that they do not become constipated. If your dog likes to chew on items, keep all small items out of reach and provide them with plenty of dog safe toys to occupy their time. As soon as you notice your dog is having difficulty pooping call your veterinarian for an appointment so any problems can hopefully be caught early.

Cost of Yelping When Pooping

Depending on the diagnosis and your location, treating your dog for yelping when he poops can be costly. Constipation can cost between $1200 and $5000 depending on the severity of their constipation. Colon and rectum issues can be treated for $300 to $2000.

Yelping When Pooping Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Roscoe
Unkown - Adopted from Taiwan
11 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping when pooping

Our dog has been regularly yelping when he poops. We took him to see the vet and they did X-rays and took blood samples to test for bacteria and cancer. Both of those blood tests came back negative. The X-ray showed a "mineral opacity" that the vet had concern about and recommended we go to see a specialist. The X-ray also showed no signs of arthritis. He is going in to see the specialist on Wednesday but we are just curious as to what this could be if an infection and cancer have been ruled out based on his blood test. His stool is soft and normal when it comes out but he does poop and pee more often now and has started to have pee accidents in the house at night, which has never happened with him before.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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It is difficult to say what may be causing Roscoe to yelp when he defecates unless there is something causing when when he is pushing due to the increase in intra abdominal pressure when defecating. Without examining Roscoe and seeing x-rays, I cannot start to think what the cause may be. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Lucy
Chihuahua
6 Years
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Sometimes goes under the bed

My 6 year old chihuahua has began tucking her tail & today she whimpered when she had a BM. She eats & walks around fine, but I noticed today, she licks her back hip when she’s laying in my lap. She’s had no injuries that I know of & her birth brother is fine, so it’s nothing she’s eaten. What’s your thoughts?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for pain or discomfort in that area which may include anal gland disorders, anal gland tumour, foreign object, trauma, hip disorders, spinal disorders among many other conditions; without examining Lucy I cannot say for certain what the specific cause of the symptoms are but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Echo
Black Lab Mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn’t seem to have any

My dog will poop usually at night while my boyfriend takes him out before bed, and he will help loud like he’s in pain. He has never done it with me while he poops, if he does so in the mornings before i leave for work. To me it seems like if he holds it in for a long period of time it tends to bother him more?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pain whilst defecating may be caused by a few different causes which may include anal gland disorders, foreign objects, parasites, infections, tumours, injury to the anal sphincter among other causes; if the faeces is a little hard, try to add some plain canned pumpkin into his diet to see if there is any improvement. If this issue continues you should have your Veterinarian examine him to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Snubs
Labrador/German Shepherd mix
7 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping in pain

My dog has started yelping very loudly whilst trying to poop, when he does go its very little. Not sure what to do, we've taken him to the vets twice previously and they have just said to eat high fibre. We do give him a high fibre diet but it still seems to happen. He also has an egg shaped lump right next to his tail?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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An egg shaped mass next to the anus may be caused by anal gland disorders, tumours, perineal hernia, abscesses among other causes; if the egg shaped mass is higher up around the tail it may be an abscess or tumour. Without examining Snubs I cannot say what the specific cause is; however adding some plain canned pumpkin to the diet can help loosen the stool to make defecation easier. You should visit your Veterinarian again or another Veterinarian for a thorough examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi, My dog was 13 and adored him so much. For the last year he has been trying to poo for up to 15 times a day and only succeeding 2-3 times... his poo is very very thin and small which makes us think the anus gland is swollen or something? It affected his mental health too as he was always crouching down and straining when taken him out for a walk and seemed to sleep most of the time. He yelped everytime the poo actually came out but did have his good moments in the dya when he was excited and enjoyed country walks. We took him to the vets which hated and always screams and moves when they touch him... painkiller and laxatives did not help him infact he got worse... in the end we had him put down as couldn't bare to see him in pain :-( we are still grieving his death and feel guilty and like we let him down... he got put to sleep on my knee which was traumatising in itself... did we do the right thing?

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Balto
Husker
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Crying when he poops

I just got a 2 month old husky and he ate some bone by accident. He screams when he poops now and it kill me hearing him in pain. I give him regular small dog food and was doing fine.. The vet gave him some pills for digestion and a tomlyn packet. I hope this works ... Any advice on this medication.. I need advice if it doesnt work.. Any advice on what it can be?

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Coco
Chihuahua
4 Years
Moderate condition
1 found helpful
Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Having distress while pooping,

My 4 year old chihuahua starting having a hard time pooping and cried. We took her to the vet and they did a rectal. Did her glands and checked her belly. They said her glands were only moderately full. They said they didn’t want to do anything for her now but keep an eye on her. 2 days later she kept trying to poop and couldn’t get it out. We took her back to the vet and they again did a rectal and got out some hard, dry poop, did x rays, and her colon did have poop in it. They changed her food to a low residue Took her home and 2 hours later she pooped but it took her about 3 squatting to finally get some out. Yesterday she seemed great and took a very long walk 3 times with me but did not poop. This morning again she was trying to go and did but seems to be distressed about it. Today she doesn’t seem like her happy self again. Any ideas to what’s going on. She doesn’t like pumpkin.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few different causes for painful defecation which may be related directly with the gastrointestinal tract or the pain may be due to other factors including increased intraabdominal pressure, hip disorders etc… If it seems that Coco is straining to defecate you should speak with your Veterinarian about adding a stool softener so help with defecation, but if there are issues including foreign objects, this may make defecation more painful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Hi Dr. Callum,
Coco’s vet started her on a tiny bit of Miralax. Today she went just fine. You were right she needed a little bit of stool softener. Thank you so much for getting back to me. Kathie

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Snuggles
terrier
5 Weeks
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

painful defication

Hi, we have a 5 week puppy named snuggles. Her mom ran out of milk so we are giving her formula. She was doing well with just the formula but once I started adding the wet puppy pedigree to the milk to start the weaning process I noticed that she started crying when she poops and I found a tiny speck of blood in her stool. She does not have diarea but some spots of her stool are slightly mucousy and that's where I found the speck of blood. So I put the back on just formula and that seemed to solve her problem ,she stopped crying while pooping and no more specks of blood. 3 days later I tried to introduce the soft puppy pedigree again and I am facing the same issues. Is she allergic to pedigree or is there a bigger issue?

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Sasha
Akita
10 Years
Serious condition
1 found helpful
Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My Sasha has multiple health issues including spinal arthritis and hypothyroidism. Recently she has started to seem in pain when attempting to defecate, yelped a couple of times, and has very inconsistent bowel characteristics. She has muscle loss in the hind end, but lately it seems as though she is losing control of the back legs, especially when defecating. She is a 10 year old akita, and until the hypothyroidism began led an extremely active and healthy life. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, she still wants to play with her little sister, and sometimes tries to even sitting down after her hind legs have failed her..

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. It is so difficult watching our pets age. While I can't examine or prescribe anything for Sasha, a couple of questions came to mind as I was reading your email. One is whether her thyroid medications are at the right level, and when the last time that her thyroid levels were checked - if they are too low, that can be contributing to hind end weakness. The other question that I had was whether she is on any pain medications for her arthritis. There are some very effective, safe pain medications that are available from your veterinarian, and she sounds like she is at a stage in life where she needs them. If she is already on any pain medications, there are others that can be used in conjunction with any current medications to help her live a comfortable life. If she isn't on any, or you think she needs more, it would be a great conversation with your veterinarian to see what they are able to do for her. I hope that she is more comfortable very soon.

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Pepper
Labrador Retriever
2 Years
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping while pooping

Medication Used

Probiot

Today my dog went outside and pooped and walked around then pooped again but yelped while doing it the second time, later on in the woods she yelped while trying to poop several times and only water came out, is she ok,we plan on going to the vet in the AM if she yelps again in the morning, if she doesn’t Yelp is she alright or should we take her

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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If Pepper is painful when she is having a bowel movement, and having watery diarrhea, it would be best to take her in to your veterinarian and have her examined to see why she is having this problem, and to get treatment for her so that she is not so painful and can have normal stools.

Thank you, we ended up bringing her last night and she must have got ahold of a litter critter because the x ray said she had small bones in her bowels, she has gone twice now without crying and she is on a boiled chicken and rice diet so she is happy as a pig in sh**. Thank you!!

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roxy
Yorkie
2 Months
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

hello i have a 2 month old yorkie and i noticed her anus lookd really swollen and sort of out of the ususal . i tok her to the vet and they said she has abnormal vital signs , stenotic anus , and astresia ani . is there anything i can do all they said was to feed her wet foods. but she hasnt been able to poop and if she tries she screamns loudly and drags her butt causing diarrhea stains every where around the house. i try using baby wipes to often clean her i try bathing her bottom but diarrhea liquid still seems to ooze out . please help !

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Atresia ani is not a condition that is compatible with life, typically, as it means there is no opening for defecation. I'm not sure what might be going on with Roxy without seeing her or knowing more about her, but it seems that she needs more medical attention than what has been given thus far. She may need a specialist, and your veterinarian can refer her to an appropriate person. If you are able to manage her with laxatives, that may work, but your veterinarian will have to guide you with that. It would be best to schedule a follow up, as that may not be a very fair way to live life for Roxy.

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nhala
Boxer
10 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping while pooping
Little blood

I took my dog outside and while she was pooping she yelped very loud , she did poop a normal poop maybe a little bigger than usual and there was a tiny bit of blood on it. shes playing fine etc. should I be worried she has never done it before! I plan on waiting to see if she does it again when I get home today before calling vet

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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I think that is reasonable to see if this happens again. Nhala may have eaten something that she wasn't supposed to, and it may be irritating her colon. Puppies are susceptible to parasites and infectious disease, so if the problem continues, it would be best to have her seen.

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Louie
Shiba-Chi
6 month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog 6 month , about 1 week my dog yelping when pooping. We had appointment with doctor yesterday, he gave him medicine Metronidazole, but my puppy still scare pooping

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Pain whilst defecating may be caused by a few different conditions which may include infections, foreign objects, anal gland disorders, constipation among other conditions. Without examining Louie it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the pain is, but if there is no improvement I would return to your Veterinarian for another examination. If the issue is due to constipation, some plain canned pumpkin may help loosen the stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Abby
coonhound mix
9 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping with poopi

Medication Used

Anti inflammatory

Hello. My dog Abby is yelping and painting heavily when defecating. This began roughly 10 days ago. She usually gets 2-5 solid stools out while she is trotting around with tail between legs but no longer is able to get in a squatting position to defecate. She can squat to urinate although it seems like the pain is becoming so traumatic that she is purposely trying to avoid relieving herself of urine or stool- this last part started this afternoon. She is able to sit as she normally would but no longer seems comfortable getting off tge couch/bed once she gets up. We have taken her to the vet twice- labs were WNL but xray showed bridging (possible calcification) between several bones between her back and where her tail meet along with a slight shift between a couple bones (possible arthritis). the vet said she was going to send the results to a specialist, this was on Friday 4/20 and I haven’t heard a response yet. Although they call regularly and ask if she’s better, its not, nothing more has really been done. Currently we are doing a tablespoon 2x day with dry dog food we soak in tap water and half tablet of anti-inflammatory prescribed by vet. I’m looking for suggestions to ask the vet as far as further pain management options ( increase or add more anti inflammatory or steroids?) specific causes and things to avoid or do at home, second opinion needed? to give our girl quality of life again. The vet we’re seeing was recommended by our usual vet.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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It would be best to wait until the x-ray results come back, which can take a few days, to make any decisions. In the meantime, there are other pain medications that may help her if it is a spine related problem. I' not sure what medications she's on right now, but NSAID's, gabapentin and tramadol can be used very effectively in conjunction with each other, if pain is the primary problem. I hope that she is okay.

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Daisy
Bichon Frise
1 Year
Fair condition
1 found helpful
Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping when pooping

Daisy started yelping while pooping a few days ago..this week she didn't yelp at all but today se she yelped at a really low volume. I would like some advice please.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few causes of yelping whilst defecating which may include firm stool, anal gland issues, foreign objects, strictures among other causes; you should try to increase Daisy’s fibre content with some plain canned pumpkin; other than that, if the issue persists you should consult with your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Harley
Labrador
6 Months
Mild condition
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Mild condition

Has Symptoms

Pain when passing poo

I have a 6month old Labrador called Harley and this morning she went outside and starting screaming whilst trying to poop and then ran inside only passing a small amount, she has since been out later on and done the exact same thing and now I can no longer get her to go outside
Any help would be great thank you

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Harley may have an intestinal problem, or she may be trying to pass a foreign body that she ate. Without examining her, I can't say for sure what might be going on, but as this problem doesn't seem to be resolving, it would be best to have her seen as soon as possible by a veterinarian, as they can do a rectal examination on her, see what is happening, and recommend any testing or treatment that she may need. I hope that all goes well for her.

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Mojo
Yorkshire Terrier
3 Years
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

yelps when pooping

My dog yelps when pooping.
Took him to the vet and could not find anything wrong.
It happens when his poo is big and today his poo was folded over and had push hard to get it out.

Dr. Michele King, DVM
Dr. Michele King, DVM
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Thank you for your email. Mojo may have a hernia, or may need a diet change to help his stools be more normal. Since your veterinarian has seen him for this condition, they should be able to recommend a diet that might help him. I hope that he does well.

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Skrappie
Chihuahua
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My doggie Skrappie is 2 years old and started whining last night and has had diarrhea. This morning while he was pooping he was yelping with diarrhea. He will drink a little bet of water but will not eat his food.

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which include foreign objects, consumption of other things, parasites, anal gland disorders, poisoning among other causes; if Skrappie is in this much distress with diarrhoea, I would recommend you take him to your Veterinarian to look for any foreign objects or other issues which may be causing pain. In the meantime, try to keep him hydrated and give water (by syringe slowly) into the mouth as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ponyo
Westiepoo
3 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping with pooping

My dog has been yelping when he poops it’s been going on for a while. I give him wet food mixed with his dry food and I wet his dry food a little bit (it’s claiming to be easily digestible) and I am worried because he doesn’t gain much weight and I feel that this may be affecting his weight too

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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Painful defecation may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include hard stools, anal gland disorders, tumours, perineal hernia among many other conditions. Without examining Ponyo I cannot say what the specific cause of the pain is, however since this has been going on for a while I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ava
Pomeranian
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog got hurt yesterday and has a puncture wound on her right back side close to her tailbone and today she tried to poop and started yelping like it hurt her. She pooped a little but you could tell she didn't want to poop no more because it hurt. I want to know if it's serious or not. Should I take her to the vet?

Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
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I would recommend taking Ava to your Veterinarian if she is having difficulty defecating as you don’t want her to associate defecating and pain; also the cause and the extent of the injury needs to be checked as well. Was this trauma from an object or snake bite for example? Giving her some fibre in her diet (like plain canned pumpkin) can make defecation easier for her but still visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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