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Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Did you know that constipation is one of the most common digestive problems in dogs? It doesn't matter what age, breed, size, or lifestyle your dog is, they can get constipated. Today, our Visalia vets discuss the common reasons why your dog could be constipated and how you can help them.

Is My dog Constipated?

If your dog passes mucus or hard dry stools while trying to defecate, or hasn't passed a bowel movement in more than two days, they are probably constipated.

When dogs are constipated they generally crouch, strain, or whine while trying to defecate. You might even find string, matted feces, or grass around your dog's anal area.

If your dog is displaying any symptoms of constipation contact our Visalia vets immediately.

What to Do When Your Dog is Constipated

If you think your dog is constipated, it's essential to see your vet as soon as possible. Many constipation symptoms in dogs can be a sign of other serious health problems.

The Causes of Dog Constipation

There are a handful of reasons why your dog could be constipated. A few of them include:

  • Dehydration
  • Insufficient daily exercise
  • Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric, or toys
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
  • Insufficient fiber in their diet
  • Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus.
  • Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to defecate

Treating Constipation in Dogs

After your vet has evaluated your dog and has determined the cause of your pup's discomfort they will recommend the best treatment possible for your dog's individual case.

Common treatments for constipation in dogs include giving them 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.

If you believe your dog may be constipated contact our Visalia vets as quickly as possible.

Compassionate Emergency Care for Pets

Tulare-Kings Veterinary Emergency Services is an after-hours emergency animal hospital providing urgent care to cats and dogs from Visalia and surrounding areas. Contact us right away if you are experiencing a veterinary emergency.

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