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Dog constipation can be a terribly uncomfortable condition for your dog. Constipation can occur from a variety of health reasons. There are several dietary additives available to help relieve your constipated dog.
This should not replace a veterinary health assessment, if symptoms persist please seek the assistance of your regular veterinarian.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What causes constipation in dogs?
Constipation in dogs can be an uncomfortable and, at times, a serious medical condition. In the dog's large intestine, water absorption is one of the main functions. This can result in hard faecal matter that can be difficult and painful to pass. There are a number of causes for dogs to become constipated, some of which include:
- Diet: changes or new additions to your dog's diet can cause constipation. Bones are a frequent culprit. To read more about bone feeding, see our article Are raw bones safe for dogs.
- Blockages: intestinal foreign bodies, enlarged organs or tumours can impede the passage of the stool, resulting the faeces becoming very hard and difficult to pass.
- Behavioural: fear, stress and anxiety can affect your dog's regular toileting habits. Dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms are much less likely to go out and defecate outside when feeling highly anxious. To read more about storm phobia, see our article How to help your dog with storm phobia.
- Dehydration: often from another underlying cause, dehydration can lead to increased water absorption in the large intestine making the faeces hard and very difficult to pass.
- Endocrine disease: some diseases such as diabetes, hypothyroidism, hyperparathyroidism can all cause constipation in dogs.
- Medication: just like in people, some medications can cause constipation in dogs. Especially opioids, diuretics and some antihistamines.
- Neuromuscular disease: spinal disease or malformations, as well as dysfunction in the autonomic nervous system and megacolon can cause constipation. Some conditions can lead to obstipation (inability to pass faeces) which is a serious medical condition.
- Pain: dogs who suffer from osteoarthritis, pelvic injuries or impacted anal glands can find it difficult and painful to defecate.
If you ever notice changes to your dog's toileting habits, see your dog straining or vocalising while trying to defecate, it is important not to delay veterinary attention.
Author info: Dr Nicole du Plessis - Pet Circle In-House Veterinarian