If your dog is having fewer bowel movements than usual, or appears to be struggling, they may be suffering from constipation.
This is a common problem that’s very uncomfortable for your pet – and if not tackled, it can lead to health problems such as haemorrhoids or damage to the bowel. Fortunately, early treatment often means that more serious conditions can be avoided.
If your dog’s toilet habits are worrying you in any way, you can set your mind at rest by booking an appointment with our vet Rod, or another member of our qualified team at Clent Hills Vets. We can discuss your dog’s situation and decide on the best way to help.
Why canines get constipation
Many dog digestive problems are caused by issues with diet or exercise, such as too much or too little fibre in the diet, dehydration, lack of physical activity, or obesity. Constipation can also be caused by ingestion of hair (from excessive self-grooming), or unsuitable items such as stones, or pieces of toys.
In more serious cases, failure to organise regular vet check-ups for your dog could mean that other causes are not spotted, such as problems with the anus, tumours, injuries to the pelvic region, or neurological difficulties.
When to seek help for your dog’s constipation
If your dog goes more than 48 hours without a bowel movement, or is clearly in discomfort when trying to do their business, it’s vital that you seek advice from a professional animal caregiver.
Here at our vet practice in Worcestershire, we can help you determine the cause of your pet’s distress and recommend a suitable course of action. This may be a laxative, a change to diet, medication or even physical intervention.