For dogs, it is normal for them to produce stools once or twice a day. The signs of a constipated dog are actually pretty obvious. They include:
- Lack of defecation for a few days
- Hard, dry stools (like pebbles)
- Tenesmus (straining to defecate with little or no stools or producing small amounts of liquid fecal matter mixed with blood)
- Dyschezia (painful/difficult defecation）
The most common causes of constipation can range from something as simple as a lack of exercise to more serious issues like cancer. Here is a list of the most common reasons dogs become constipated:
- Poor Diet- Lacking fiber or eating non-food items like hair or toys which can cause blockages and abnormal stools. Too much consumption of bones and other dietary calcium can also lead to constipation.
- Age - Older dogs are more prone to constipation
- Exercise - Dogs that are more sedentary often have a slower defecation process
- Anal gland issues
- Prostate enlargement
- Metabolic diseases
If you've noticed that your dog's issue just started, no more than a day or two, you can try a few home remedies. Also, check with your veterinarian before adding any supplements into your dog's diet. Please also be aware that, just like humans, not every strategy may work for all dogs. Here are a few home remedies you can try:
It is also a good idea to call your veterinarian as soon as you notice your dog has constipation as it could be a sign of something more serious. Some factors to keep in mind to inform your veterinarian include:
We hope that this information will be useful in helping you to become the best dog parent you can possibly be for your beloved furry friend.