For a simple case of constipation, dehydration or a poor diet is usually the culprit.
But, there are many other factors that can cause constipation:
Too little fiber in the dog’s diet
Age- older dogs tend to be more constipated
Abscessed or blocked anal sacs
To little exercise
Enlarged prostate gland
Too much hair in the stool as a result of excessive grooming
Ingested foreign items such as bones, plants, gravel that are blocking the intestinal tract
Medication side effects
Tumor or mass on rectum or anus which causes an obstruction
Trauma to the pelvis
Joint issues that make it harder for the dog to relieve himself
Dehydration from diet or another sickness, illness.
Dehydration due to other illness
Drugs, including antihistamines, some antacids, certain cancer drugs
Metabolic diseases such as hypo or hyperthyroidism
How To Treat Constipation In Dogs
The treatment depends on what is causing constipation.
In most cases, which is due to poor diet or eating a foreign substance, the following can help:
Pumpkin: Pumpkin has been known to fix both diarrhea and constipation in dogs. The high fiber and moisture are a great combination for either ailment and dogs generally love the taste. A teaspoon a day can really help get things moving.
Canned Dog Food: The extra moisture and water in canned food can help regulate the system.
Powdered Fiber Supplements: Fiber keeps more water in the stool, making it easier to pass.
Food and Herbs: Ginger, powdered psyllium seeds, wheat bran, and olive oil, might help.
Water and Hydration: It’s very important for your dog to drink water and have easy access to it.
Exercise: A minimum of 15 to 30 minutes a day is recommended.
However, if none of the above helps your dog or if your dog has not relieved himself in two days, you should take your dog to the vet.
Your vet might recommend the following:
A laxative or stool softener.
Medication to increase the strength of the large intestine.
A prescribed high-fiber diet.
Pet insurance plans generally cover the cost of prescription medications, while some plans even cover part of the cost of a prescription diet.
Real Cost Savings from Healthy Paws Clients
Healthy Paws saved his parents
Samson tore his ACL in a lively game of fetch. After surgery and rehab, Samson is back to his playful self and never turns down a game of fetch!