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Dog Constipation

Your fur-baby's inability to poop normally is called dog constipation. Though this can happen to humans, too, this should not be taken lightly. In this article, we will go over the signs, the causes, and how you can properly manage and treat dog constipation! 

dog constipation

"If you are used 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, you know your fur-baby very well. If you are used to having your pup poop during a certain time, and then suddenly you don't see them pooping during these times, your dog might be suffering from constipation. According to the American Kennel Club, constipation refers to the inability to produce normal stools on a regular schedule, which, for a dog, is generally once or twice per day. 

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

As mentioned by Dog Time, dog constipation may be a warning sign of a more serious life-threatening health condition, such as a urinary tract infection or a blocked bladder. 

Before giving your dog home remedies for constipation, keep in mind that some signs of dog constipation including painful pooping, passing bloody mucus, vomiting, and sudden decrease or loss of appetite can be all signs of an underlying illness. This is why it is very important to have your fur-baby checked by your veterinarian for proper diagnosis and treatment plans. 

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

According to Pet Honesty, there are different kinds of dog constipation:  

Intrinsic Constipation. This is characterized by neurological disorders or hormone imbalances in the body leading to constipation. 

Intraluminal Constipation. This happens as the result of a blockage in the colon that prevents the passage of stool. 

Extraluminal Constipation. This type of dog constipation refers to the blockage of the colon due to an exterior source. 

Breaking it down to different factors, dog constipation can be because of your fur-baby's: 

Age. Your dog's age can be the reason why they are 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 happens. 

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 their body, the large intestine soaks up water from the food waste. This makes your dog produce hard stools that are difficult to pass. 

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

MANAGING A CONSTIPATED DOG

Examine the severity of the condition. You, of all people, constantly pick up or clean up after your dog when they poop. You also know them best. Determine how severe your dog's constipation is. Are they in too much discomfort? Have they completely lost their appetite? Have they not pooped for more than three days? Observing all these things in your dog, it is best to take them to your veterinarian immediately to avoid any hazard or injury to the GI tract. 

Increase water intake. As discussed above, water plays an important role in helping avoid dog constipation. Your dog's body is in a constant need to reabsorb water and if there's not a sufficient amount of water in the body, the body will begin reabsorbing water from the poop, making it hard to pass. 

Provide canned dog food. If your fur-baby is not a fan of drinking 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 be of great help. 

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

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, fiber, and it's good for dogs, too! 

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

How Can Pet Parents® Help?

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, and minerals that support the digestive tract, helping relieve an upset stomach and treat diarrhea & constipation. According  

Fructooligosaccharides. A natural substance that promotes the growth of beneficial bacteria, supports digestive & immune health, and 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.

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The Author:

Micka V.

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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