Constipation is a delicate issue faced by dogs of all breeds and ages. How does it manifest itself? Why does it arise? We will talk about what to do if a dog has constipation, and how to prevent it, in our article.
What is the norm?
Normal stool is when your dog has a bowel movement 1 or 2 times a day. In this case, the pet does not experience discomfort, and the stool is formed and without admixture of blood.
Your dog is constipated if he has been unable to use the bathroom for 2 days or more. And also if it is difficult for her to perform an act of defecation: the dog may experience pain, push for a long time, make several unsuccessful attempts, i.e. “Sit down”.
Constipation may be preceded by a decrease in stool volume or a dense, hard consistency. Having noticed these signs, urgently review the diet and closely monitor the condition of the dog.
Constipation can be accompanied by other symptoms. It:
- deterioration or lack of appetite;
If you develop any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian right away. Don’t wait, don’t experiment with self-medication. Your dog may have swallowed a foreign object that is blocking his gastrointestinal tract and needs professional help urgently. Delay is dangerous!
Constipation in a dog
Why does constipation occur?
Constipation can be troubling for dogs of any age and any breed. At least once in his life, every second dog suffered from constipation. If it occurs once and for a short time, do not worry. But if constipation often bothers your pet, you should definitely consult with a veterinarian and find out the cause of the ailment.
Most often, constipation occurs for the following reasons:
Power supply errors.
Any food that is not suitable for your dog can cause constipation.
If you change the pet’s diet, i.e. switching from one food to another or changing the type of feeding, the body can also react with constipation. Stool problems often occur when the dog is given bones.
Another reason is the inadequate fluid intake, especially if the dog is eating dry food. If the body receives less water than needed, the stool may become hard or stop.
No one is immune from stress: neither we nor our dogs. The body reacts differently to stress, including constipation.
Your dog may swallow something accidentally or while playing, and the object will block the gastrointestinal tract. This is a very dangerous condition. In veterinary practice, it is not uncommon for dogs to iron the Christmas tree rain, small parts of toys, synthetic winterizer, and even stones. It is important here to contact a veterinarian as soon as possible. He will develop treatment tactics. It may be possible to do without an enema, or the dog may need surgery.
If your dog has swallowed an object and some of this object has come out of the anus, do not try to remove it yourself. See your veterinarian!
Certain conditions of the body.
Constipation can be accompanied by conditions such as pregnancy, the period of antibiotic treatment and the period of rehabilitation, the course of various diseases, hormonal surges.
In older dogs, the metabolism slows down and the digestive system becomes more sensitive. At an advanced age, dogs are usually transferred to special rations for the elderly. If you have not done so, or if the food is not suitable for your dog, he may often become constipated. This is dangerous for the general condition of the pet because its body is already adapting to age-related changes.
What to do if your dog is constipated?
The main thing is to quickly contact a veterinarian and not experiment with self-medication.
Don’t trust online counselors who urge you to give your dog a homemade enema or oil. To cure constipation, you need to know its exact cause and understand the condition of the dog and the risks in general. It is scary to imagine what self-medication can lead to if the dog’s gastrointestinal tract is blocked by a foreign object and the dog needs urgent medical attention.
Any action at random will have no effect at best. And most likely they will only worsen the condition of the pet, which is already not easy.
The right tactic for thinking, the responsible owner is to contact your veterinarian right away if you experience warning signs.
If your dog is concerned about constipation, review the diet first. For dogs with sensitive digestion, it is better to select special, easily digestible food. Treats should be right too.
Constipation in a dog
Prevention of constipation
The best prevention of constipation is eating well, drinking enough fluids, and having an active lifestyle.
Talk to your veterinarian about functional diets with pre-and probiotics, or taking prebiotics separately: they normalize the intestinal microflora and improve digestion.
Make sure your dog is drinking enough water. If she doesn’t like to drink, it is better to transfer it from dry food to wet food or combine wet and dry food in one diet. If you prepare food for your dog, do not give it bones: this is fraught not only with constipation but also with oral injuries.
Also, do not forget that the veterinarian is your assistant in everything related to the well-being of your dog. Feel free to ask him questions.
We wish your ponytails healthy digestion!