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Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Any dog can become constipated, regardless of their age, breed or size. Constipation is, in fact, one of the most common digestive issues seen in pets by our Plains veterinary team. Here, we explain what to do if you think your dog may be constipated.

Is my dog constipated?

If your dog is passing quite dry stool or mucus while they are trying to defecate or if they haven't had a bowel movement in a few days, there's a decent chance they are suffering from some form of constipation. 

When dogs become constipated they often strain, crouch, or whine while trying to defecate. You may even notice grass, string or matted feces around your dog's anal area.

If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation see your Plains vet as soon as possible.

What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated

If your pup is showing signs of constipation, it's time to bring them to your vet as soon as you can. Many symptoms of constipation may also be strong indicators of other health issues too which may have implications for your pup's long-term health.

Causes of Constipation in Dogs

There are a wide range of reasons why your dog may have become constipates. Some of the most common reasons and included here: 

  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Insufficient fiber in diet
  • Insufficient daily exercise
  • Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric or toys
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
  • Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
  • Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus
  • Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to deficate 

Treatments For Dog Constipation

After your vet has had the chance to examine your pet and determine the cause of your pup's discomfort, they will recommend the best treatment option 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.

Is your dog showing signs of severe constipation? The emergency veterinary team at Northeast Veterinary Referral Hospital are able to provide you and your pup with emergency care 24/7, when you need it the most. Contact us today.

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