A constipated dog is no fun for anyone. When your dog has trouble going number two, it can cause stress for you—and constipation can be uncomfortable, painful, and even dangerous for your pup. If you are concerned that your dog might be constipated, here’s exactly what to do.
Much like in humans, constipation is not a difficult condition to diagnose in dogs. There are four central symptoms of constipation in pups:
The best thing to do when your dog can’t go to the bathroom is to try to treat the most common causes first. If it’s been less than three days and your dog doesn’t seem to be in serious pain, try these solutions:
If those treatments don’t work, or if your dog hasn’t pooped in more than two or three days, it’s time to go to take your pup to the vet. The vet will check to ensure there isn’t a more serious underlying issue at play. She will also be able to assess whether a stool softener, laxative, or enema is appropriate.
A healthy dog is a regular dog! A balanced, nutritious diet, based on whole foods is the number-one way to make sure your dog maintains a healthy gastrointestinal tract. Couple a balanced diet with plenty of water and exercise, and uncomfortable bouts of constipation should be a thing of the past.
There are many reasons that your dog might be straining to defecate. However, the most common reasons are linked to diet, hydration, and activity level.
If it’s only been a few days and your pet doesn’t appear to be in pain, it’s likely due to one of those three reasons, which means it can easily be both treated and prevented. However, constipation can also signal a more serious condition. Less common reasons for dog constipation include …
No matter what caused your dog’s constipation, if left untreated, it can create larger issues. If your dog isn’t able to poop regularly, severe constipation, known as obstipation, can occur. A large build up of fecal matter can enlarge the colon, making it even tougher to for your dog to pass feces on his own. This condition is called megacolon and in some cases, it requires surgery.
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