Just like humans, dogs can get constipated every once in a while too. Dogs that experience frequent constipation though may require a visit to the vet since it may be a sign of a more serious condition. Imagine how uncomfortable it is for you when you’re constipated. Your dog will feel nearly the same way.
Dogs can experience constipation for many different reasons just like humans. Constipation frequently occurs in dogs that don’t get enough fiber in their diet. Constipation also frequently occurs in dehydrated dogs. Another reason why dogs can develop this condition is if they happen to eat something they’re not supposed to. By nature, dogs will eat many different things that they find.
Lack of exercise is another reason why dogs become constipated. Another contributing factor is stress. The colon’s pathway can also become blocked if the prostate gland becomes enlarged which can lead to dog constipation. This particular situation is much more common in older canines.
Dogs that are constipated have problems when trying to pass stool. Dogs may be constipated enough that it will prevent them from passing even the smallest amount of stool. Any feces that is produced will likely be small and hard. While trying to have a bowel movement, your dog may experience slight pain. Two common symptoms of constipation in dogs include loss of appetite and swollen abdominal region.
In order to relieve your dog of constipation, you can try various treatments at home. If you have cereal that has plenty of fiber, try mixing it with your dog’s food. Canned pumpkin is another home treatment that you should try. Try giving your dog Metamucil or mineral oil too.
If your dog suffers from chronic constipation, then it’s best that you take him to see a vet. If you see that your dog’s stool has blood in it, then you should take him to the vet too. Vets can give your dog an enema or a laxative. Intravenous fluids may be necessary if your dog becomes dehydrated.
There are various ways that owners can attempt to keep constipation at bay in their dogs. Avoid feeding your dog low-quality food or a diet that doesn’t have a lot of fiber in it. Dogs can easily become dehydrated during the summer months which will increase the risk, so make sure your dog can get fresh water whenever he needs it. Owners need to ensure that their dogs are getting enough exercise too.
This unfortunately isn’t one of the only animal diseases that you need to be concerned about as an owner. Owners should be able to recognize many different signs in case something goes wrong. The best thing that you can do is seek help as soon as you possibly can from a qualified vet.
Author: Darrin Swain