Meet Katy, a young Chiweenie. Miss Katy was having a hard time going poo—her parents could tell that she was struggling. They were very afraid that poor Katy had an obstruction.
While her parents normally have the funds to cover routine vet care, the thought of Katy having an obstruction and needing surgery was overwhelming for them, so they applied to Fur Kids Foundation for help.
Luckily, Katy didn't have an obstruction—she was just a little backed up. Yup, Katy was constipated, which is actually a common digestive issue with dogs of all breeds, ages and lifestyles (constipation does not discriminate when it comes to Fido).
If your dog is constipated, they may not have done No. 2 for two or more days. Other signs of constipation include straining, crouching, or whimpering while trying to defecate. And, if you see grass particles, string, or matted feces around your dog’s bum, they may be constipated.
While it’s common, constipation shouldn’t be ignored—if left untreated, it can cause some serious health problems like loss of appetite and vomiting. It can also be a sign of a larger health issue. Here are some common causes of dog constipation:
· Blocked or abscessed anal sacs
· Enlarged prostate
· Kidney disease
· Not enough exercise
· Not enough fiber in the diet
· Obstruction—ingested debris/dirt, grass, hair (from excessive grooming)
· Side effects from other medications (especially pain medications)
· Tumors, or other masses in the body
Some treatments for dog constipation include:
· Feeding your dog a higher fiber diet—check your dog’s food to see how much fiber it has in it, or you can add foods high in fiber into their diet, such as green beans, pumpkin, wheat bran, etc.
· Increase your dog’s exercise, which is normally always a good thing
· Add a dog laxative or stool softener, that is recommended by a veterinarian
· And, sometimes, other medication, given to you by your veterinarian, is needed
Regardless, if your dog is constipated, make sure you at least speak with your veterinarian about your dog’s symptoms.
Thankfully, Katy was given some medication, and she is now a happy pooper once again!
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