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Constipation in Dogs: Is This an Emergency?

Constipation in Dogs: Is This an Emergency?

Constipation in dogs is one of the most common ailments we see in dogs and it can affect all dogs regardless of breed or size. Here, our vets in Sacramento discuss constipation in dogs and when it may be an emergency.

Constipation in Dogs

If your dog passes hard dry stools or mucus while trying to defecate, or has not had a bowel movement in two or more days, then your dog may be experiencing the symptoms of constipation. 

When dogs become constipated they may have mated fur or feces around their anus and often strain, crouch, or whine while trying to defecate.

If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation see your Sacramento vet as soon as possible.

What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated

If you are noticing any signs of constipation in your dog, it is imperative that you bring them to visit your vet in Sacramento as soon as possible. Many symptoms of constipation can be indications of other health issues. 

Causes of Constipation in Dogs

There are a number of reasons why dogs become constipated. Some of the most common reasons include:

  • Ingested items such as dirt, grass, fabric or toys
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacks
  • Insufficient fiber in diet
  • Dehydration
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Ingested hair from excessive self-grooming
  • Insufficient daily exercise
  • Pain caused by orthopedic issues when trying to defecate 
  • Tumors, masses, or matted hair around the anus.

Treatments For Dog Constipation

Once your vet has had an opportunity to examine your pet and determine the cause of your dog's discomfort they will recommend the best treatment for your dog's specific case.

Common treatments for constipation in dogs include; dog-specific laxatives, medication to increase the strength of the large intestine, increasing the amount of fiber in your dog's diet, and increasing your dog's daily exercise.

Note: The advice provided in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute medical advice regarding pets. For an accurate diagnosis of your pet's condition, please make an appointment with your vet.

If your dog is showing signs of constipation, contact our Sacramento vets right away to have them diagnosed and treated.

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