Constipation in dogs can happen no matter what breed, size or age your pooch is. In fact, constipation is one of the most common digestive issues our Matthews vets see in dogs. Here are some tips on what you should do if you think your dog is constipated.
Constipation in Dogs
If your pooch passes dry hard stools or mucus while trying to defecate there's a good chance your pet is constipated. Not having a bowel movement for two or more days is another clear sign that your pup may be constipated.
Other signs of constipation in dogs include straining, crouching, or whining while trying to defecate. You may even notice grass, string or matted feces around your dog's anal area.
If your dog is displaying any of these symptoms of constipation see your vet as soon as possible!
What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated
If you notice that your dog is showing any of the above signs of constipation, it is essential to get your dog in to see the vet as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can be indications of other serious health issues.
Causes of Constipation in Dogs
There is a multitude of reasons why your pup might become constipated. Some of the most common reasons for constipation in dogs include:
- Ingested items such as toys, dirt, grass, or fabric pieces (clothing, rugs, clothes or towels)
- Abscessed or blocked anal sacks
- Insufficient fiber in diet
- Enlarged prostate
- Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
- Insufficient daily exercise
- Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to pass a bowel movement
- Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus
Treatment For A Constipated Dog
Treatment for your constipated dog will depend upon the cause of your dog's discomfort. Your vet will examine your dog for indications as to the underlying cause. If an ingestion is suspected x-rays may be recommended so that the object, and where exactly it is located, can be identified.
Once the underlying cause of your pup's constipation has been determined your vet will recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific case.
Common treatments for constipation in dogs include; dog-specific laxatives, medication to increase the strength of the large intestine, increasing the amount of fiber in your dog's diet, and increasing your dog's daily exercise. In cases of ingestion, surgery may be required.
Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.