A veterinarian’s advice on dealing with constipation in dogs

Most constipation can be dealt with at home, but a warning sign that something more serious may be happening is the duration and frequency of your dog’s constipation, as well as your dog’s reaction to it. Any kind of abnormal stool or bowel movement that persists for longer than a day or is distressing your […]

How do you prevent your dog from getting constipated?

A healthy, balanced diet (ideally AAFCO approved) and a healthy amount of fiber for your dog’s size and breed is one of the best ways to ensure your dog has healthy and regular bowel movements. Regular exercise is also important for ensuring healthy bowel movements. Based on the exact cause of your dog’s constipation, your […]

When should you see a vet about your dog’s constipation?

Most cases of constipation in dogs can be managed and treated at home, but if the problem persists for more than a day or two despite the simple home treatment measures, or gets worse, you’ll need to talk to a vet to rule out the chances of something more serious.  Your vet will want to […]

How can you treat your dog’s constipation?

If the situation has lasted longer than a day or two (i.e. no bowel movements for 48 to 72 hours), or your dog seems distressed, then it’s become a more urgent issue, and you should talk to your vet right away. He or she will recommend the best course of immediate action for treatment and […]

What are signs your dog is constipated?

Telltale signs of constipation in dogs include dry, hard stools and straining when trying to poop. No bowel action from your dog for two or more days is also a sign. Sometimes constipated dogs will pass mucus when attempting to defecate. Other symptoms that typically accompany constipation in dogs are: Scooting (dragging its bottom along […]

How do you know if constipation is a sign of a serious problem or an emergency?

If you notice other signs of distress or abnormal behaviors displayed by your dog, or if the constipation lasts for more than three days, then it’s usually a sign of something more serious. Other clinical signs (symptoms) of a more urgent medical issue are: Vomiting or not eating Blood in the stool Pain and yelping […]

What causes constipation in dogs?

Many things can cause constipation in dogs, and it’s important to consider the complete health of your dog especially if he/she has any existing digestive issues. A dog that hasn’t pooped in a day or two usually has some kind of bowel obstruction, but it can also be a result of other causes.  Although not […]

What is constipation in dogs?

Infrequent or absent bowel movements that also produce hard and/or dry poop is one of the most common issues that dog owners experience. It’s a sign that something may be wrong with your dog’s digestive system (i.e. something blocking a part of the gastrointestinal tract, causing a buildup of feces in the lower bowel or […]