Dogs of any size, breed, age or lifestyle can suffer from constipation. In fact, constipation is one of the most common digestive issues we see in dogs. Today, our Bedford vets explain what you should do if you suspect your dog may be 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, it is possible that they are suffering from constipation.
When dogs become constipated they often crouch, strain, or whine while trying to defecate. You may also notice grass, string or matted feces around your dog's anal area.
If your dog shows any of the above constipation symptoms, see your Bedford vet as soon as possible.
What should I do if my 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 reasons include:
- Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric or toys
- Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
- Insufficient fiber in diet
- Enlarged prostate
- Insufficient daily exercise
- Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
- Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to deficate
- Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus.
Treatments For Dog Constipation
Once your vet has had an opportunity to examine your pet and determine the cause of your dog's discomfort they will recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific case.
Constipation in dogs if often treated with 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.