Constipation is one of the most common conditions seen by our vets and can affect dogs of any breed, size and age. Here, our Little Elm vets discuss some possible causes of constipation and what you can do if your dog is constipated.
Signs That My Dog is Constipated
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 Little Elm vet as soon as possible.
What Should I Do If My Dog is Constipated?
Constipation can not only be an indication of other health issues but could also lead to more serious illness if not treated quickly. Please contact your vet immediately if you notice any of the signs or symptoms.
What Are Some Causes of Constipation in Dogs?
There are various reasons why constipation happens in dogs, some of the most common causes are:
- 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.
Treatment Options For Dogs With Constipation
The treatment for your dog will vary based on what underlying condition is affecting your dog. Your vet will complete a full examination in order to diagnose your pet and recommend the appropriate course of action.
Some of the most 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.