What should I do if my dog is constipated?
Wear rubber gloves when dealing with faeces and related anal problems.
Check your dog’s temperature. If it is abnormally high or there is blood on the thermometer or resistance when inserting the thermometer, see your vet immediately.
If you can see a thread or string in the anus, do not pull it as this can cause internal damage.
If you can see grass in the anus, gently ease it out.
If faeces are matted around the anus, trim carefully with scissors. Wash the anal region with warm, soapy water and apply a soothing, water-soluble jelly (such as K-Y) to the inflamed area. Long-haired dogs, especially small ones like Yorkshire terriers, can become distressed with the discomfort caused by matted faeces around their bottom and the trimming process. You may need to soak your dog’s bottom in warm water before you begin trimming to make it more comfortable. Does your dog need emergency veterinary care out of hours?
Find your nearest clinic for immediate treatment.
What are the signs of constipation in dogs?
Your dog will struggle to poo and will either pass small amounts of hard poo or nothing at all. Your dog may show signs of discomfort or pain and may pass spots of blood. Confusingly, diarrhoea can also lead to straining, but you will normally have seen the evidence of loose or runny poo first.
If left untreated, constipation can lead to lethargy, vomiting, depression and loss of appetite.
The most common cause of constipation in dogs is swallowing objects that are not easily digested, such as bones, grass or hair. Other causes include lack of fibre, lack of exercise, blocked anal glands, certain intestinal problems, trauma to the pelvis an enlarged prostate, kidney disease or hernias.
Give Your Dog a Stool Softener
Your vet may tell you to give your dog a stool softener. Some dogs can take stool softeners meant for humans, but others should not. This is one of the many reasons why you should speak to your vet before medicating your dog, especially with medications that are not originally intended for dog use.
Your vet may also suggest you simply exercise your dog more for a few days and see if that helps. Many times, dogs will improve their pooping habits if they are taken on longer walks or are engaged in outside play for longer periods of time than they’re used to. A lack of exercise can contribute significantly to constipation in dogs.
Top 4 Home Remedies for Dog Constipation (Safe, Natural and Effective)
A constipated dog is no fun for anyone. When your dog has trouble going number two, it can cause stress for you—and constipation can be uncomfortable, painful, and even dangerous for your pup. If you are concerned that your dog might be constipated, here’s exactly what to do.