Constipation In Canines – Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Constipation is one of the most common health problems associated with a pet’s digestive system. It creates the difficulty to have normal bowel movements and it can affect dogs of all ages, lifestyles and breeds.

It may be a common digestive problem in dogs, but it should never be ignored. If you left untreated, it can cause several serious health problems such as vomiting, lack of appetite and lethargy. Canine who are suffering from constipation will produce rock hard stools or face difficulty to produce it. Just like humans, old dogs are more prone to this disease.

What Causes of Constipation

  • Too much fiber in the diet
  • Excessive licking
  • Worms
  • An intestinal blockage
  • Surgery
  • Bladder infection
  • Ingested grass & debris
  • Tumors around the anus
  • Side effect from medication
  • Kidney diseases
  • Other medical issues

What To Do If Your Canine Is Constipated

If your furry friend has not had a bowel movement from the last two days or if he cries out when attempting to defecate, it is time to visit your veterinarian. Your vet is a person who can address the causes of a problem and advise you on the best treatment for your pet.

Here are some home remedies for treating constipation include:

  1. Olive oil or vegetable oil:

    If you notice any sign of a digestive system problem in your canine, you can add olive oil or vegetable oil in his food bowl. It will usually allow your furry friend to eliminate the stool next morning. It is a good home remedy to treat this health problem, but it does not mean you use it in a huge amount. Take caution when uses olive oil as it could potentially cause diarrhea.

  2. Canned pumpkin:

    If your canine face a problem with his digestive system, give him canned food or canned pumpkin. It helps to increase the amount of fiber in the diet to ease the bowel movements. You can also add bran in his diet as it helps relieve his constipation. Make sure you don’t give both of these fiber sources (canned pumpkin & bran) on the same day. A huge amount of fiber can also be problematic.

  3. Lots of clean and fresh water:

    In order to treat the digestive problem of your furry friend, you have got to keep your dog moving. Exercise on a regular basis will help him to push stool through the colon. With a regular exercise, make sure you give him a lot of clean and fresh water to drink.

  4. Visit your vet:

    If you are not able to treat your dog with home remedies, you should visit a professional vet. There are a number of reasons of canine constipation and without knowing proper reason, you cannot treat him. So, it is good to consult with a professional vet.

If the problem continues for more than a few days and if you see blood in the stool, contact your vet as soon as possible. A constipation problem could point to some serious health issues. If your furry friend is experiencing with this problem, consult with our vets at Northpoint Veterinary Hospital in Bolton and Caledon.