Dog Constipation

This inability to poop normally is called dog constipation. Though this can happen to humans, too, this should not be taken lightly.

dog constipation

"If you are use to having your pup poop during a certain time, and then suddenly you don't see him pooping on these periods, your dog might be constipated. "

If you are use to having your pup poop during a certain time, and then suddenly you don't see him pooping on these periods, your dog might be constipated.

SIGNS OF DOG CONSTIPATION

As a pet parent, we know our fur-babies. If you are use to having your pup poop during a certain time, and then suddenly you don't see him pooping on these periods, your dog might be constipated. Signs of dog constipation are obvious and easy to look out for:

  • straining to poop with little to no stool at all
  • straining that results in excreting small fecal matter with the presence of blood
  • lack of defecation activities for days
  • physical distress
  • stools that look like pebbles; they're also very dry and hard

WHAT CAN POSSIBLY CAUSE THIS?

Dog constipation can be caused by a lot of factors. It can be caused by:

  • ingesting food or non-food items that are difficult to digest (like plastic or bones)
  • hernias
  • swollen prostates
  • kidney diseases
  • passive intestinal processes
  • digestive tract issues

Dog constipation can also be because of your fur-baby's:

Age. Your dog's age can also be the reason why he's having regular episodes of constipation. Senior dogs are more prone to this.

Diet. Some dogs are fond of eating things that are non-food items. This, in turn, can create blockages and irregular fecal transit. Your dog's diet may also be lacking with fiber or may contain too much source of dietary calcium, thus constipation.

Water intake. The food your dog eats makes its way from the stomach to the large intestine. If your dog doesn't have enough water in his body, the large intestine soaks up water from the food waste. This makes your dog have hard stools that are difficult to pass.

Psychological problems. Something that causes your dog stress or anxiety that's currently present in his environment will lead him to hold it.

MANAGING A CONSTIPATED DOG

Examine the severity of the condition. You, of all people, constantly pick up after your dog when he poops. You also know him best. Determine how severe your dog's constipation is. Is he in too much discomfort? Has he completely lost his appetite? Has he not pooped for more than three days? Seeing all these things in your dog, it is best to take him to your veterinarian immediately to avoid any hazard of injury to the GI tract.

Increase water intake. As discussed above, water plays an important role to avoid dog constipation. Your dog's body is in a constant need to reabsorb water and if there's no sufficient amount of water in the body, the body will begin reabsorbing water from the feces, making it hard to pass.

Provide canned dog food. If you pup is not a fan of drinking much water. Feeding your fur-baby canned dog food that has an elevated moisture content may help regulate the system. Even mixing kibbles with a small amount of water will help your dog.

Exercise. Exercising can help promote proper function and movement of the GI tract.

Increase fiber intake. Increasing the amount of fiber in your dog's meals or through supplementation can assist in getting rid of dog constipation and preventing it. Fiber adds bulk to your fur-baby's stool, making it pass more quickly. An example of this is pumpkin, it's high in moisture and fiber and it's good for dogs, too!

Provide probiotic supplements. Probiotics promote better bowel movement in your dog's gut, thus improving his constipation.

PET PARENTS® IN THE PICTURE

Supplementation with probiotics to your constipated dog is extremely important. It does not only strengthen your fur-baby's gut health but also boosts the immune system. Probiotics are also known to better bowel movement and facilitate detoxification in the digestive tract.

Choosing the right probiotic supplements can be overwhelming, we have you covered. Pet Parents® Probiotic Supplement supports proper digestion in your dog as well as the proper distribution of vitamins and minerals throughout the body. It contains:

Pumpkin. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, & minerals that support the digestive tract, helping relieve an upset stomach & treat diarrhea & constipation.

Fructooligosaccharides. A natural substance that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, supports digestive & immune health, & helps with healthy detoxification & excretory processes.

You can also provide Pet Parents® Turmeric for Dogs Supplement for your fur-baby. It contains healthy ingredients that can help promote healthy digestion. Turmeric and Curcumin can help with gut inflammation and gut permeability, two measures of digestive efficiency. It also helps with abdominal discomfort and improved bowel movement patterns in your fur-baby.

Dog constipation is something you can't take for granted though it can be a common problem. Preventing dog constipation from taking place will help your fur-baby live a happier and healthier life, without the struggle of getting it out.

" A good diet for your fur-baby's skin and coat health includes Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids and ingredients that are of high-quality and jam-packed with essential nutrients like Biotin and Zinc "

The Author:

Allison Petersen

Micka Virtudazo is a full-time content creator at Pet Parents who lives with thirteen adorable American Bullies and a Shih Tzu-Maltese mix named Gretel. She especially enjoys writing how-to articles as she feels through this she can connect to other pet parents on a more personal level.

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