Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Dogs of any breed, size, age or lifestyle can become constipated. In fact, one of the most common digestive issues we see in pets is constipation. Here, our Greensboro vets share some advice on which actions to take if you think your dog might be constipated. 

Is my dog constipated?

If you notice that your dog is passing hard, dry stools or mucus when trying to defecate, or that he has not had a bowel movement in 48 hours or more, he's likely suffering from constipation. 

Constipated dogs often strain, crouch or whine while attempting to defecate. You may even notice string, grass or matted feces around your dog's anal area. 

Today, we'll list some common causes for constipation in dogs, along with signs, and share advice on what to do next. 

If your dog exhibits any of these symptoms of constipation, see your vet in Greensboro right away. 

What should I do if my dog is constipated?

Is your dog showing any signs of constipation listed above? It's essential to see your vet as soon as possible since this qualifies as a veterinary emergency that requires qualified care immediately. Many symptoms of constipation can also sometimes indicate other health issues. 

What causes constipation in dogs?

There are many reasons that dogs may experience constipation. Some of the common factors that can lead to constipation include: 

  • Enlarged prostate 
  • Insufficient daily exercise 
  • Insufficient fiber in diet 
  • Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming 
  • Pain due to orthopedic issues when attempting to defecate 
  • Tumors, masses or matted hair surrounding the anus 
  • Abscessed or blocked anal sacks 
  • Ingested items such as dirt, fabric, toys or grass 
  • Dehydration 

How is constipation in dogs treated?

Your vet will examine your pet to identify the cause of your pup's discomfort, then recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific circumstances.

The veterinarian may prescribe one of numerous common treatments for constipation in dogs, such as dog-specific laxatives, increasing the amount of fiber in your dog's diet, increasing your dog's daily exercise, and/or medication to increase the strength of the large intestine. 

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.

Is your dog displaying signs of constipation? Contact our highly skilled Greensboro vets for urgent and emergency care during our regular hours, or visit local area hospitals after-hours. We have experience in diagnosing and treating many veterinary emergencies in pets.

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