symptoms of constipation in dogs and puppies can vary depending on how
severe the problem is. It is important to mention that if your dog has
become so constipated that there is a serious build up of poop - it can
become so bad that it could even be fatal if left untreated.
When a dog or puppy is unable to defecate (at all) and no gas or wind
is able to pass this condition is referred to as Obstipation - this is
a serious condition that needs urgent veterinary treatment (it is also
sometimes referred to as 'intractable constipation'). Another very
serious health problem related to an inability or pain when attempting
to poop is called 'mega colon' - this is when the stools (fecalomas)
block the intestines completely stopping them from functioning properly
- they will often need to be surgically removed but surgical
intervention is risky.
- Obviously the main
symptom of constipation is difficulty when attempting to poop and pain
when pooping. Your dog might crouch into the pooping position and be in
that position for a long time even whining as if in pain when
attempting to go.
- You might notice that
your dog starts to leak fecal fluid - this is not diarrhea but a build
up of fluid that passes around the stools blocking the exit.
- When your dog passes
the stools they might be covered in mucus or even have streaks of blood
around the stool. This might mean that your dog has developed an
- Your dog may have
problems mobilizing and even walk as if hunched and in pain - this is
because the intestines have become so blocked that it is painful when
your dog moves.
- Your dog or puppy may
lose his appetite and refuse food.
- A high temperature and
lethargy is another symptom of constipation in dogs and puppies.
- Your pooch might start
whining in pain and have an arched back.
in Dogs - Prevention
- Make sure that your
dog always has access to fresh water.
- Give your dog or puppy
- A good diet that is
low in grain is great for a dog that is prone to bowel problems.
- A diet high in fiber
helps to increase bowel movements - from 2 1/2 up to 4 1/2 percent of a
dog's food should consist of fiber.
that Cause Constipation
- A diet consisting of
flour and high in protein can cause the problem.
- Don't purchase really
cheap dog food as it is high in additives and preservatives.
- Dry dog food (kibble)
that is very cheap can also cause the problem.
- Don't feed your dog
human food or scraps from the table as it will not help your dog's
& Home Remedies
Please always speak to your vet and never treat the illness until you
have received medical advice and do not use human laxatives to treat
your dog. The below treatment guide is for information only.
- Green vegetables in
your dog's diet can alleviate the problem or prevent it.
- Your vet may prescribe
- Some owners add
mineral oil to their dogs food to make pooping easier.
- Speak to your vet
about prescribing milk of magnesia as this might help.
- If the problem is
severe then the vet might need to undertake an enema.
- Extra fiber might be
really beneficial including wheat bran or oat meal.
- One of the most
respected home remedies for constipation in dogs and puppies is the
addition of pumpkin to the diet. The pumpkin might need to be mashed up
before it is fed to your dog.
- Speak to your vet
about the addition of Psyllium seeds to your dogs diet as they can also
help alleviate the problem mainly through softening the stools.
- Aloe Vera juice is
considered a very good treatment for the illness.