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Constipation in Dogs: What To Do When It Happens

Constipation in Dogs: What To Do When It Happens

Constipation is one of the most common conditions that can affect dogs and can affect a dog regardless of breed or age. Here, our Stockton vets share some information about constipation in dogs and what you should do if you notice the symptoms.

Constipation Affecting Dogs

If your dog can only pass hard stools or mucus or has not had a bowel movement in two or more days they are most likely experiencing the symptoms of constipation.

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

There are a number of potential causes of constipation in dogs. In certain cases, constipation can lead to obstipation where the stool becomes drier, harder, and can become compacted preventing your dog from defecating at all.

If your dog shows constipation symptoms, see your Stockton vet as soon as possible.

What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated

If you are noticing the signs of constipation in your dog then you should bring them to visit the vet as soon as possible to have them diagnosed and treated. 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 the diet
  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
  • Insufficient daily exercise
  • Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to defecate 
  • 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.

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.

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.

If your dog is showing signs of constipation, contact our Stockton vets right away.

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