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Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Why is my dog constipated? What should I do?

Dogs of any age, breed, or size can experience constipation. It is a prevalent digestive problem that our veterinarians in Monterey Park often encounter. If you suspect your dog is constipated, here's what you can do.

Is my dog constipated?

If your dog is passing quite dry stool or mucus while they are trying to defecate or if they haven't had a bowel movement in a few days, there's a decent chance they are suffering from some form of constipation. 

When dogs become constipated, they often strain, crouch, or whine while trying to defecate. You may even notice grass, string, or matted feces around your dog's anal area.

If your dog shows any of these symptoms of constipation, see your Monterey Park vet as soon as possible.

What To Do If Your Dog is Constipated

If your furry friend is displaying signs of constipation, it's crucial to take them to the veterinarian as soon as possible. Various symptoms of constipation could also be significant indications of other health problems that might affect your pup's long-term well-being.

Causes of Constipation in Dogs

There are various reasons why your dog may be constipated. Here are some of the most common ones:

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

Treatments For Dog Constipation

Once the vet has examined your pet and the cause of your dog's discomfort has been identified, the vet will suggest the most suitable treatment option for your furry friend.

Dog-specific laxatives, medication to strengthen the large intestine, increasing fiber intake in your dog's diet, and boosting daily exercise are some of the common treatments for constipation in dogs.

If your dog is experiencing severe constipation, don't hesitate to contact the emergency veterinary team at Veterinary Healthcare Center. We offer 24/7 emergency care for you and your furry friend when needed. Get in touch with us today.

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Veterinary Healthcare Center is accepting new patients! Our experienced vets are passionate about the health of Monterey Park companion animals. Get in touch today to book your pet's first appointment.

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