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Why is My Dog Constipated? What To Do

Dogs of any breed, size, age, or lifestyle can experience constipation. It is one of the most prevalent digestive issues our veterinarians encounter in Grants Pass. In this post, our veterinarians will discuss the causes of constipation in dogs and appropriate treatment methods.

Is my dog constipated?

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

Constipated dogs often exhibit signs such as straining, crouching, or whining while attempting to defecate. You may even notice the presence of string, grass, or matted feces around your dog's anal area.

Today, we will delineate some common causes of constipation in dogs, along with associated signs, and provide guidance on what steps to take next.

If your dog displays any of these constipation symptoms, it is imperative to promptly consult your veterinarian at Grants Pass.

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What should I do if my dog is constipated?

Is your dog showing any of the above constipation signs? Seek veterinary care for your pup right away, as constipation can indicate an underlying health condition or medical emergency.

What causes constipation in dogs?

There is a wide range of things that could cause constipation in dogs. Some of these causes include:

  • Enlarged prostate 
  • Insufficient daily exercise 
  • Insufficient fiber in the 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?

When you take your dog to the vet for constipation, the veterinarian will conduct a comprehensive physical examination and may perform diagnostics to identify the underlying cause of the ailment.

The veterinarian will prescribe appropriate medical treatment or recommend at-home remedies depending on the diagnosis.

Common treatments for constipation in dogs include prescribing dog-specific laxatives, adjusting the fiber intake in your dog's diet, recommending increased daily exercise, and prescribing medication to promote large intestine motility."

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 Grants Pass veterinarians for an appointment.

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