Our San Gabriel vets commonly see and treat dogs suffering from constipation. Today, our Temple City Animal Hospital team explains the signs of constipation and how to help your dog feel better.
My Dog is Constipated
When your dog is constipated it means they are unable to pass a normal stool on a regular basis. Constipation in dogs is a common health issue that will usually resolve on its own, however, if your dog has ingested something that might be causing an internal blockage it is important they get emergency care right away.
In some cases, your dog may experience chronic constipation and may need more involved veterinary and home care to help their bowels return to full health.
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, vomiting, and weight loss.
Symptoms of Constipation in Dogs
If your dog has not had a bowel movement in two or more days it is likely that they are constipated. 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
- A diet low with insufficient fiber
- 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?
If you're wondering what to do if your dog is constipated, you're not alone. In many cases, 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 your vet has determined the cause of constipation, they will be able to recommend the best treatment option to help your pup.
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.