Dogs of all breeds, sizes and lifestyles can suffer from constipation for a number of reasons. It is one of the most common digestive issues our Medford vets see in our patients, so we're here to explain what you should do if your dog becomes constipated.
Is my dog constipated?
If your dog passes hard dry stools or mucus while trying to defecate, or has not had a bowel movement in two or more days, there's a good chance that they are suffering from 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 Memphis vet as soon as possible.
What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated
If your dog is showing any of the signs of constipation, it's important to visit your vet as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can be indications of other health issues.
Causes of Constipation in Dogs
There are a number of reasons why dogs become constipated. Some of the most common dog constipation symptoms:
- Insufficient fiber in diet
- Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
- Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric or toys
- Insufficient daily exercise
- Enlarged prostate
- Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
- Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to deficate
- Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus.
What Can I Give My Dog For Constipation?
Once your vet has performed a thorough examination of your dog, they will determine the root cause of the issue and will recommend an appropriate treatment for your dog.
Common treatments to help a constipated dog 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.
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.