Let’s get real: you know what it feels like when you are constipated. Well, your dog has the same issue. In fact, dog constipation is one of the most common health problems for pets.
We’ve put together some information to help you determine whether or not your dog is suffering from constipation and how to help him resolve it.
There are many causes of canine constipation, including:
- Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
- An enlarged prostate gland
- Too much hair in the stool because of excessive grooming
- Lack of exercise
- Side effects for medication
Determining whether your dog is constipated may involve a little detective work. If you walk your dog on lead and he also does his business on lead, it will be easier to determine whether he’s blocked up. If, on the other hand, you live in a rural setting where your dog is allowed to be free without a leash, you may have to watch him more closely.
If your dog strains, crouches or cries out when attempting to pass a stool, make sure to see your veterinarian as soon as possible. The symptoms can also be signs of urinary tract problem which is why you want to see your vet right away.
Older pets tend to suffer more from difficult bowel movements. Make sure your dog has plenty of cool, fresh water to drink.
The good news is that constipation can be treated fairly easily. A stool softener or laxative may be prescribed by your vet and adding fiber like pureed pumpkin to your dog’s diet will help as well.
There are also supplements on the market that will help with your dog’s digestion and aid in constipation.
Increase his exercise if that’s what your vet recommends. An enema may also be necessary but this is something that only your vet should do.
Be aware of how often your dog has a bowel movement and get into the vet right away if you’ve noticed that it has been more than a day or so.