Constipation is a problem that affects many dogs. Any dog can have constipation, in spite of it affects especially older dogs. We may say that a dog suffers from constipation when he barely defecates, due to difficulties on the needed movements on the intestine that happen in order to expel feces. If you see your dog has difficulties when he wants to defecate (because it hurts, your dog cries or simply he can’t do it) you must seek a Veterinarian right away because it might be a serious situation that requires treatment as soon as possible. Only a Veterinarian is able to tell you what is going on and help your dog.
Dogs may be constipated for the same reasons people do. A inactive lifestyle, with no physical activity, health problems on the anus or prostate, a diet poor in fibre, neurological diseases, hernias, intestinal blockage due to the accumulation of hair, plastic, wood or other materials blocking the intestinal tract, such as toys, stones, bones, among others, and it can also be a symptom from other illnesses. If you find tangled feces, hair or another object around the anus it might show you’re your dog is suffering from constipation and he might show other symptoms, such as vomiting, lack of energy and he may not eat.
Constipation in Dogs – Why is this happening?
Many animals use to eat dirt and some other even eat bones. All of these materials may harm your dog and they are not properly digested.
When you take your dog to the Veterinarian your dog will probably be subject to some tests or exams to see how he is and to find out which cause developed constipation. Get ready to make some changes in his life: maybe more exercise, maybe a better diet, maybe some medication. It will depend on the root of the problem. It is always good to adopt a healthy lifestyle with some hours of exercise per week; but never administer medication to your dog if it wasn’t prescribed by a Veterinarian, even if you know another animal that had the same problem, took that medication and got better. Constipation is a serious condition. Never underestimate such a problem.
Constipation in Dogs – What should I do?
Don’t try to pull entangled feces or any other entangled material from your dog’s anus. Let the Veterinarian do it because it is possible that you hurt your dog in the process.
Always keep your dog very clean and as comfortable as possible. You should try also to have the maximum hygiene when you are dealing with your dog.
If there is material deposited on his anus, you may gently take it out or cut it.
Don’t waste time and go to the Veterinarian if you think your dog can have serious problems, if there is blood loss or if he have fever.
Only a Veterinarian can take care of your pet as he deserves. Keep in mind that your dog can’t talk, and for that reason he will try to communicate to you how he is feeling in his own way. It is possible that the Veterinarian performs a physical examination to your dog and make some questions about the medical history, usual diet and daily routine as well as some eventual blood tests, x-rays or other exams.
Although it is absolutely mandatory that you take your dog to visit the Veterinarian, here are some of the most common treatments used to eliminate constipation:
A good nutritional plan, well balanced and complete, which provides enough fiber. You may ask your veterinarian which are the foods that have more valuable nutrients to treat this problem; make sure your dog has plenty of water, which is very important to his health.
The Veterinarian may recommend an appropriate laxative in order to ease your dog’s bowel movements and stimulate the feces to come out; it is also possible that the Vet include an enema treatment to bring some relief to your furry friend or other medication;
Exercise is always good for any animal’s health and it will surely help your dog.
You must follow your Veterinarian advices and to be very attentive to all the signs your dog gives to you.
Generally speaking, when a dog gets constipated it is crucial to take steps in order to solve this problem as soon as possible. Constipation brings suffering and pain and it might be a very serious problem and bring serious risks to your dog’s life. Besides giving your dog a good food, you must also try to stop your dog from eating things that are not food and watch his state of health.
Give him food regularly in order to improve the digestive process, do not allow bones and cookies, try to keep your dog very clean and well combed (fur can turn difficult to eliminate properly). It is very important to hear what the Veterinarian says and follow his instructions but it is also vital to maintain some routines to support the medical treatment.