Dog Constipation: Causes, Prevention, Symptoms and Treatment

Even dogs get constipated sometimes. If your dog has dry, hard stools, or difficulty passing bowel movements, he could be constipated. Check with your vet to make sure your dog is suffering from ordinary constipation, and not some sort of infection.

Constipation can cause health problems for your dog, because it allows toxins to accumulate in your dog's body. A constipated dog may experience bloating, abdominal pain, and loss of appetite. Often, lack of exercise and an improper diet are to blame for dog constipation. House dogs need to be walked at least twice a day and fed on an appropriate diet of nutritious dog food. Don't feed your dog from the table; scraps could make him constipated! Keep an eye on your dog to make sure he doesn't eat anything you haven't given him. As we all know, dogs aren't exactly the pickiest eaters.

Certain medications can cause dog constipation. If your dog begins to suffer from constipation at the start of a drug regimen, ask your vet for advice. Even over-the-counter flea remedies can cause constipation in some dogs.

Psychological stress can also cause dog constipation. You can ease your dog's stress by giving him extra attention and by letting him take part in some of his favorite activities.

Dehydration can lead to dog constipation. Make sure your dog has a constant supply of water. Regular, vigorous exercise can keep your dog from becoming constipated. Two teaspoons of mineral oil, administered twice a day for a week as a food additive, can help ease your dog's constipation. See the vet if your dog's constipation leads to lethargy and decreased appetite, or he begins to pass small amounts of blood. Your vet may administer a laxative or an enema.