Dog constipation is the condition when bowel movements are either difficult or absent. It is actually one of the most common digestive issues in dogs. Some dogs will produce dry and hard stool when defecating.
Causes of Dog Constipation
There are several causes for dog constipation. These might be:
- Lack of exercise
- Intestinal obstruction, including tumors
- Swallowing of a foreign object
- Too much or too little fiber
- Enlarged prostate gland
- Kidney disease
- Side effects of medication
- Blocked anal sacs
How can I Tell if my Dog is Constipated?
If your dog has not defecated in over two days and he constrains or suffers when attempting to defecate, you should see your veterinarian immediately.
When taking your dog outside to go, you will usually notice that he seems like he wants to go, but does not go. Also, if he does have a bowel movement, it is usually very small.
Another indication that your dog might be constipated is if he has grass particles, matted feces, or strings around the anal area. All of these are signs of what could be constipation.
Can I Treat My Dog’s Constipation?
Absolutely. But please always take your dog to the veterinarian so that he recommends what is the best way to go depending on the particular needs of your dog. Do not try to give your dog laxatives made for human. These might be harmful if not given correctly. There are laxatives for pets.
Other telltale remedies for dog constipation such as mineral oils, high-fiber grains for humans, or even a home enema could actually worsen the issue. Please do not attempt.
Your veterinarian may recommend certain courses of action after examining your pet:
- A stool softener or laxative for dogs
- A vet-prescribed high-fiber diet
- An increase in exercise
- Medication to strengthen the large intestine
- An enema administered by a professional
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