Dog Health: Constipation

Dog | Constipation

An Introduction to Constipation

Constipation is a term that unfortunately many people are familiar with!

Like people, pets can become constipated.  Constipation is a term used to describe bowel movements that are infrequent and or difficult to pass. 

Erin Coomer - Veterinarian (July 2013)

Causes of Constipation

There are MANY causes of constipation.  I will list the more common ones here:

-  Diet (too much fiber and not enough water)

-  Foreign materials (eg. Bones, plastic)

-  Enlarged prostate

-  Previous pelvic trauma

-  Medications

-  Behavioural issues

-  Colon/Rectal obstruction

-  Severe dehydration

-  Secondary to pelvic or hind...
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Symptoms of Constipation

- Elimination of bowel movement seems painful or uncomfortable

- Infrequent bowel movements

- Stool seems hard (may contain foreign material for example pieces of bone)

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Treatment of Constipation


Your Vet will collect a thorough history from you regarding your pets diet, and toileting history. 

A physical examination will be performed, which may include a gloved rectal examination.

Diagnostic testing is sometimes indicated and may include:

- Blood and urine testing (to evaluate general health)

- Abdominal/Pelvic Xrays

- Ultrasound

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