Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Dogs of any breed, size, age or lifestyle can become constipated. Constipation is one of the most common digestive issues we see in pets. Here, our Memphis vets explain what you should do if you think your dog may be constipated.


Is my dog constipated?

If your dog passes hard dry stools or mucus while trying to defecate, or has not had a bowel movement is two or more days, there's a good chance that they are suffering from constipation. 

When dogs become constipated they often strain, crouch, or whine while trying to defecate. You may even notice grass, string or matted feces around your dog's anal area.

If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation see your Memphis vet as soon as possible.

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What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated

If your dog is showing any of the signs of constipation, it's important to visit your vet as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can be indications of other health issues. 

Causes of Constipation in Dogs

There are a number of reasons why dogs become constipated. Some of the most common reasons include:

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

Treatments For Dog Constipation

Once your vet has had an opportunity to examine your pet and determine the cause of your dog's discomfort they will recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific case.

Common treatments for constipation in dogs include; 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 your dog is showing signs of constipation, contact our Memphis emergency vets right away.

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