Constipation In Dogs

Causes And Remedies For Constipation In Dogs

Cases of constipation in dogs can be just as common as in humans and it can cause them the same amount of pain or at the very least make them feel quite uncomfortable.  Although there are several causes as well as quite a few remedies, it is always advised to consult with your veterinarian prior to changing your dog's diet or offering any type of medication.  It is also important that you make certain that the constipation is not accompanied by any other symptoms that could be the result of a serious medical condition.

Causes

The most common reason for constipation in dogs stems from a diet that lacks an adequate amount of fiber.  Humans often suffer from this condition if they do not eat enough fiber so it should be no surprise that dogs can be troubled by it as well.  Eating the wrong types of food is another cause such as fatty and sugary table scraps.  If you must give your dog human food, offer them vegetables, whole grains and small amounts of fruit.

Dehydration is another reason for constipation in dogs.  It is always important to monitor the amount of water that your dog drinks per day.  One ounce of water per pound of body weight everyday is the recommended amount.  However, if your dog is exceptionally active or during hot temperatures of the summer months, this amount should be increased substantially.

Ingesting a foreign object is another cause, especially in puppies.  Eating a piece of a shoe or your couch can obstruct their bowel.  If it is small, it will often pass within a couple of days but if it is something large, this is serious and can be fatal.  You need to take your dog to the veterinarian immediately.  A male dog that has never been neutered will often have an enlarged prostate which can cause constipation.  Hernias close to the anus can be to blame as well.

Other reasons for constipation in dogs include poor muscle tone to push stools out or certain bacterial infections.

Remedies