4 Sources of Constipation in Puppies

Constipation in puppies usually resolves itself in a day or two. If you notice that your puppy is straining to defecate or if he is producing small amounts of dry stool, he could be constipated. There are several reasons a puppy may get constipated and most are easy to remedy at home.

4 Causes of Constipation In Puppies:

Insufficient fiber - Your puppy's diet should contain adequate fiber. Feed a high-quality puppy food that contains minimal grains and by-products.

Not enough water - Dehydration is a common cause of constipation. Provide unlimited fresh water. If your puppy's stool seems dry, add water to his daily ration to increase hydration.

Ingestion of Indigestible items - Some puppies will eat indigestible items such as bones, hair, socks or household items. These can cause an intestinal blockage that may be serious. If constipation is accompanied by severe vomiting and dehydration, take your puppy to your veterinarian immediately.

Lack of exercise - Walk you puppy at least four times a day. Exercise is important to a growing puppy.