Constipation in Dogs & What To Do About It

Our beloved canine companions can experience all types of ailments but one of the most common conditions that we see is constipation. Here, our Columbia vets share some information about constipation in dogs and what you can do to help relieve their symptoms to get them back to normal.

Constipation in Dogs

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, there's a good chance that they are suffering from constipation. 

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

If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation see your Columbia vets as soon as possible.

What Should You Do If You Notice That Your Dog Is Constipated?

If you happen to spot your dog showing any signs of constipation then it is important to contact your vet to have them assessed as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can be indications of other health issues. 

What Are Some of The Main Causes of Constipation in Dogs?

While there is a large number of reasons why your dog may experience constipation, some of the most frequently noted causes are:

  • Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric or toys
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
  • Insufficient fiber in 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.

What Are Some Ways That You Can Treat Constipation in Dogs?

Your vet will examine your dog and perform any necessary diagnostic tests in order to determine the underlying cause of constipation. Once they have determined the cause they will then be able to provide 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 Columbia vets right away to have them examined and treated.