Dogs of any age, breed, or size can experience constipation. This is a common digestive problem that our vets at Babcock Ranch frequently encounter. If you suspect that your dog is constipated, we provide guidance on what to do next.
Is my dog constipated?
If your dog is experiencing difficulty passing dry stool or mucus during defecation or hasn't had a bowel movement in several days, they may suffer from constipation.
Constipated dogs may exhibit signs such as straining, crouching, or whining while trying to defecate. You may also observe grass, string, or matted feces in the area around your dog's anus.
If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation, see your Babcock Ranch vet as soon as possible.
What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated
If your dog is experiencing constipation, it is important to take them to the vet as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can also be warning signs of other health problems that could have lasting effects on your dog's overall health.
Causes of Constipation in Dogs
There are various reasons why your dog may experience constipation. Some of the most frequent causes are listed below:
- Enlarged prostate
- Insufficient fiber in the 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
Once your vet has examined your pet and identified the cause of your pooch's discomfort, they will suggest the most suitable treatment for your dog's unique situation.
Some of the typical remedies for dog constipation are using dog-specific laxatives, prescribing medication to strengthen the large intestine, adding more fiber to your dog's diet, and increasing your dog's physical activity levels.