Constipation is one of the most common digestive problem you would come across in animals, and to be more precise, Dogs. This problem effects every dog, irrespective of the age, lifestyle or age. Although constipation is quite common and frequent in dogs , one must not ignore it. If you leave it untreated and unattended, it can lead to serious and genuine health issues for the rest of life. Some of the health issues are loss of appetite, laziness, lethargy and vomiting. Last week I came across one of neighbor who told me about the consistent problem of constipation, and after having a half hour talk I got to know that she didn’t have a clue what to do. So, I decided to write a post about the insights about dog constipation.
Causes of Dog Constipation:
- Enlarged Prostate
- Mass Around Anus
- Kidney Disease
- Indigestible Dirt & Grass
- Medication Side Effects
Symptoms of Dog Constipation
If you notice that your dog hasn’t eliminated in one or two days, then it is the first sign that your dog might have the problem of constipation. Moreover, straining and whimpering are the additional indicators to the problem of constipation. One of the lesser visible symptoms are grass particles or matted feces around the anus.
Treatment Process of Dog Constipation
If you think you have noticed any of the aforementioned in your pet, rush towards your vet and consult him for the advice. After examining the pet, your pet would recommend certain steps and measures to take care of the constipation. Most vets would recommend specific treatment methods unique for your pet. But, here I have listed some of the common treatment methods.
- Increased and excessive exercise
- Use of stool softeners
- Enema Treatment
- Increased Fiber Intake Via Food
- Medicinal Treatment for strengthening large intestine
Constipation in dogs is natural, and you can’t really take full control over it, but you can definitely prevent it from happening it over and over again. The best way to prevent this situation is the excess of dog exercise, healthy food, excessive fiber intake, plenty of fresh water and a healthy environment. Make sure to neuter your dog if your dog is a male dog, this will help your dog avoid prostate. I would like to add one more thing, and that is the food quality and your dog’s social activities. Mostly dogs would like to eat their own poop, this also leads to dog constipation.
I hope some of you would have benefitted from this article, I intend to write more on this topic and related ones, so stay tuned for more stuff. Have you ever experienced a situation of dog constipation with your pet? If yes then please sound off in the comments to let me know what measure you took to solve this problem.