Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?
Constipation can occur in dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages. When it comes to digestive issues, constipation is one of the most frequent issues we discuss. Here, our Bakersfield vets talk about what the concerns are when your dog is constipated.
Is my Dog Constipated?
When your dog has not had a bowel movement in more than two days or passes hard dry stools or mucus, it is a sign that they might be dealing with the discomfort of constipation.
When a dog becomes constipated, defecating becomes difficult or even non-existent, and they may show signs of feces matted into the fur around their anal area along with grass or even string.
It is imperative that you take quick action and bring your dog in to see your vet if any of these signs occur.
What To Do if Your Dog is Constipated
Constipation is most commonly a symptom of underlying health conditions. Call to book an appointment with your vet immediately if your dog is showing any signs of being constipated.
Causes of Constipation in Dogs
Some of the most common reasons why dogs become constipated typically include:
- Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric, or toys
- Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
- Insufficient fiber in diet
- 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.
Your vet will complete a thorough examination of your dog in order to determine the cause of your dog's constipation and general malaise. Once the cause has been discovered your vet will then best be able to decide upon a treatment plan.
Some of the more 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.