Constipation can affect dogs of all shapes and sizes and is one of the most common digestive issues seen by our Los Angeles vets. Today, our Ambassador Dog & Cat Hospital team explains what to do if your dog is constipated.
My Dog is Constipated
When your dog is constipated it means they are unable to pass a normal stool on a regular basis. Constipation is a common health issue that can usually be easily fixed, but some dogs can experience chronic constipation.
When left untreated constipation can be a painful issue for your pup and could lead to more serious issues including lethargy, a loss of appetite, and vomiting, and weight loss.
Symptoms of Constipation in Dogs
If your dog has not defecated in two or more days there is a good chance they are experiencing constipation. Other common dog constipation symptoms include straining or discomfort while trying to defecate, hard or dry stools, and blood or mucus in the stool.
Causes of Constipation in Dogs
There are many reasons why your pooch might become constipated. Some of the most common reasons for constipation in dogs include:
- Ingested items such as toys, dirt, grass, or fabric pieces (rugs, clothing or towels)
- Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to pass a bowel movement
- Abscessed or blocked anal sacks
- Insufficient fiber in diet
- Tumors or masses blocking the anus
- Matted hair around the anus
- Enlarged prostate
- Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
- Insufficient daily exercise
What Can I Give My Dog For Constipation?
Most of the time constipation in dogs can be treated quite easily at home, but it is always best to talk to a vet before attempting any home treatments. Common home remedies to help a constipated dog are:
- Canned Pumpkin
- Extra Water
- Canned Dog Food to Increase Moisture
If your pup's discomfort and constipation don't resolve themselves in a day or two, are a reoccurring issue, or you know your dog has ingested a foreign object, make an appointment with your vet right away.
Your vet will examine your dog and may recommend X-rays if a foreign object is the suspected cause.
Once the underlying cause of your dog's constipation has been determined your veterinarian will recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific case.
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.