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Dog Constipation: Why Your Dog Isn't Pooping & How To Help

We’ve all seen it – the endless circles and look of anguish. Most dogs will experience constipation at some point in their lives. That’s why it’s important to distinguish when it’s a simple one-off case of raiding the trash or something more dangerous, like parasites. Read on to learn about dog constipation: why your dog is constipated and how to help. If your dog’s constipation has been going on for more than two days or is not relieved by home remedies, it may be serious. In either or both of these cases, you should talk to a veterinarian immediately.

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Constipation Signs: How To Tell If Your Dog Is Constipated

Some common signs your dog is constipated include straining, less frequent bowel movements, hard stools, and a lot of circling with no results. Other symptoms of dog constipation include lethargy and lack of appetite. Dogs commonly poop between one and five times a day, depending on their age and other factors.

Constipation Causes: Why Your Dog Isn’t Pooping

What are the causes of dog constipation? Sometimes, simple lifestyle changes are all it takes. However, in other cases, constipation can have more serious causes such as eating things they shouldn’t.

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Constipation Treatments: What To Do If Your Dog Can’t Poop

There are a few different treatments for dog constipation. If you want to help your dog start pooping again, you may need to try a combination of the following remedies.

Get your dog exercising

Upping your dog’s exercise is one way to increase the frequency of bowel movements and improve their overall health. Older dogs in particular can require a brisk walk or playtime prior to going out to get things moving.

Read More: Is Your Dog Exercising Enough?

Add fiber to your dog’s diet

In addition, canned pumpkin can make a tasty, fiber filled addition to your dog’s food (spooky szn, anyone?). Want to know how much pumpkin to give a dog for constipation? A good rule of thumb is 1 tsp per 10 lbs ( Besides pumpkin, what can you give a dog for constipation? Psyllium husk and wheat bran are other common home remedies.

Read More: Is Your Dog Food Healthy Enough

Try stool softeners & dog laxatives

Stool softeners and dog laxatives can also be used if more subtle changes do not make a difference. However, you should always discuss dietary changes and supplements with a veterinarian.

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Monitor your pet’s grooming habits

If your dog is grooming excessively or inappropriately eating, the underlying cause should be discussed with a veterinarian and addressed.

Read More: How To Groom Your Dog At Home

Get your dog’s anal glads expressed

Finally, if your dog’s anal glands are full, this can make defecation more difficult. Although groomers can help with this, they typically only empty the glands externally, which is less complete than internal expression that vets perform. Other signs of anal gland problems include excessive licking and a fishy odor.

Is Dog Constipation Serious?

If fiber and exercise do not alleviate your dog’s symptoms, and/or they continue for more than two days, talk to a veterinarian. Dog constipation is not always serious, but it is of utmost importance to find the underlying cause to keep your dog healthy and comfortable. Fortunately, most cases of dog constipation resolve with slight lifestyle changes.

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