Constipation in dogs (as in humans) is usually due to dietary issues, where something your pet is (or is not eating) is causing the problem but there could be other reasons as well.
A lack of fibre in the diet can lead to dog constipation, as well as a lack of fresh drinking water. Ingested foreign objects such as bones, rocks, rubbish or other materials can disrupt your dog’s digestive system as well. Other causes could include lack of exercise, worm infestation, and underlying medical problems.
Prolonged dog constipation can lead to serious gastrointestinal problems, including a condition known as megacolon, where your dog is no longer able to expel feces effectively. Fortunately, there are effective treatments available.
How do you know if you have a Constipation in Dogs ?
There are a number of symptoms that are easily recognisable, such as strenuous effort to produce bowel movements with no result, small, dry and/or hard fecal matter and long stretches of time between movements. Other signs of constipation in dogs are loss of appetite and abdominal pain.
There are several ways to remedy the situation. Changing your dog’s diet and exercise regieme are important, as is maintaining a fresh supply of water at all times. Mild laxatives may also remedy the situation. Research shows that herbal supplements may also be an effective treatment for dog constipation as they can maintain bowel and digestive health, build and strengthen the immune system, remove harmful toxins and improve general health and well-being.
Please note you should always consult with your veterinarian before deciding on a treatment to relieve dog constipation. He or she will help you decide if a natural supplement is right for your pet.