Last Updated on January 21, 2020
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.
1. Check your dog’s rear end
Sometimes trying to figure out how to treat constipation in dogs naturally can be way easier than we expect. Sometimes all you need to do is check your dog’s rear end and see if something is going on there.
Dogs with large hair tend to develop what is commonly referred to as mats of fur, and this can cover their anus, thus creating the impossibility of defecation.
There are appropriate electric clippers to remove those mats. If this alone doesn’t work, and you observe some other abnormalities (like some foreign material extending from the anus, or even a tumor) you should schedule an appointment with a specialist.