As the caretaker for your dog, you are the one who is always picking up after them, so there is no one better to determine if they are constipated or not. Handling the problem, however, is something else.
You will have to determine how severely constipated your dog might be. Is your dog experiencing mild or severe discomfort? What about vomiting?
Does your dog refuse to eat or hasn’t pooped in over three days? Is there blood in your dog’s stool? If so, call a veterinarian. These are signs of severe constipation that can later turn into permanent damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
But if your dog is only mildly constipated, there are some steps you can take at home to make them better.
Constipation occurs when the stool is either too large or too firm (or sometimes both) to be smoothly discharged from the body.
Constipation can be driven by factors such as dehydration, intestinal inflammation, tumors, hormonal disorders, the intake of some types of medicine or even lack of exercise. If you detect any signs of constipation in dogs, here are some things you can do to help them out.
Be aware that constipation in older dogs implies different consequences compared to younger dogs, and could mean that a different course of action should be taken.