What it is: Constipation refers to a condition where a dog’s bowel movements are infrequent or absent altogether. This common problem can be brought on by a number of causes, including dehydration, lack of exercise, too much or too little fiber, blocked anal sacs, masses on the anus, enlarged prostrate, pelvic region trauma, medication side effects or an ingested foreign object. It can also stem from an underlying neurological disorder or orthopedic problem.
- Hard, dry stools
- Straining while trying to relieve self
Treatment:Treatment depends on the underlying cause, with options that include increased water consumption, fiber or exercise, prescription medication or laxative and a special diet prescribed by your vet. A trip to the vet is in order if your dog appears uncomfortable or in pain and has not relived himself in two days. Pet insurance plans generally cover the cost of prescription medications, while some plans even cover part of the cost of a prescription diet.
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