Dog Disease - Dog Constipation

Dog owners have a responsibility to their pets because these very pets keep us company and protect us and serve us. Because our pets are such great companions we should be great pet owners and we should always look out for their health and well being. Small medical issues and minor dog diseases with our dog’s health if not properly treated can ultimately become major problems and cause a lot of pain and suffering both for our pets as well as for us.

What is constipation in Dogs?
Constipation is a very minor problem in dogs. This medical problem can easily be avoided or in case your dog is suffering from constipation the problem can be treated with ease. If left untreated constipation can develop into more serious problems. Constipation is a visible difficulty in a dog’s bowel movement. We as owners of dogs should keep an eye on our dog. If your dog is an indoor dog and needs supervised outdoor bathroom visits you should be able to identify constipation almost immediately. In the event that your dog is an outdoor dog it might take some time for you to realize that the dog is constipated. It is your responsibility as a dog owner to keep an eye on behavioral changes in your dog and consult a vet if you see changes that might indicate an ailment.

Symptoms of Constipation in a Dog

The following symptoms will indicate that your dog is suffering from constipation.

Trouble with bowel movement:

You will notice that your dog is having difficulty with bowel movement. A constipated dog will show signs of agitation in this situation, it will whine, run in circles, and repeatedly attempt to go to the bathroom without success. You should be able to notice this.

Condition of Bowels:

If the dog is successful in making a bowel movement but you suspect constipation you should be able to notice that the resulting product is small, hard and dry. This is also an indication of constipation.

Avoiding food:

Constipated dogs feel bloated and heavy and will refuse to eat food because they are suffering, a dog refusing food when it should eat is a sign that it might be constipated, observe for other signs.

Difficulty Walking:

Significant collection of waste matter in a dog's intestine might cause it to avoid normal everyday activities; it will also make it difficult for the dog to walk. If you notice this kind of behavior, talk to a vet.

Treatment for Constipation in Dogs:

Your veterinarian is best qualified to treat canine constipation, they will advise you about the medication that can help relieve the symptoms as well as a proper diet that can help with bowel movement. Some home remedies and foods that help with dog constipation are milk, ginger, olive oil, wet canned dog food & pumpkin.

Constipation can lead to very serious problems and dog diseases so it is important to detect it early and treat it properly.

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