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Constipation is in dogs isn’t age or breed specific and can occur in any kind of dog at any stage of life. In simple words, it is the absence of normal stools; the dog faces difficulty in the discharge of feces from the body. The little amount of waste matter evacuated could be dark in color and hard, or at other times even after a lot of trying, and forcing there is no excrement released.
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The constipated dog will assume the squatting position to enable the bowel movement, and may experience pain that it may indicate through low crying/moaning sounds during failed attempts at pooping.
If the pet isn’t able to defecate successfully for upto two to three consecutive days, pet parents mustn’t ignore the issue and involving the vet to treat the dog for constipation becomes important before the poop crisis turns into a bigger one often leading to appetite loss, nausea, laziness and weight loss.
What causes constipation in dogs?
General Measures to cure constipation in dogs
The treatment obviously depends upon the underlying cause that the veterinarian will diagnose after carrying out an examination of the pet.
Having talk about dehydration as one common cause, it is extremely essential for dog owner to track the amount of water their pets drink daily. During summer months the dog will require more water. Also after a lot of playing and running it is important to hydrate the exhausted body. If the canine’s diet mostly constitutes dry pellets then the water intake of the pet must be increased. However, the best & wholesome diet plan must be a combination of some food prepared at home using healthy recipes along with some kibbles. Food that is either raw or cooked at home contains moisture that will help in meeting to a certain degree your pet’s water requirements.
There are laxatives for pets that help in relieving constipation. Make sure not to give your pet dog any related medicines that are meant for Humans.
An enema treatment (in this procedure a fluid is injected into the rectum via anus for evacuation of waste & cleansing of bowel) must not be given to the pet without consulting the veterinarian. It has been seen that certain enemas available in the market aren’t safe for animals.
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