Canine Constipation Can Lead To A More Serious Disease

Modern living seems to have caused a decline in our health and our dogs are suffering too. Dog constipation is a painful and uncomfortable complaint and can lead to other more serious issues like intestinal blockages. Constipation in dogs is usually due to dehydration, a bad diet or insufficient exercise. This is why it’s critical to recognize and treat dog constipation and ensure your dog’s general health and wellbeing.

Often, constipation in humans or animals is treated with a laxative. However be aware that most doctors advise that relying too heavily on laxatives can bring about a slew of other medical complications, which may include the inability to expel waste in the future.
In nature, animals eat a diet high in protein. If they get an upset stomach, they are often seen consuming fiber, like grass. Unfortunately, most typical commercial dog foods are low in protein and fiber and high in wheat, corn, fillers and carbohydrates. Animals living in the wild don’t eat bread! Domesticated dogs often have another unhealthy habit: they will eat just about anything, even items that are inedible.

Symptoms of a constipated dog are usually easy to spot, if you pay attention. A dog will not be able to eliminate, though he may continue to try. Eventually, he will become bloated and sluggish, less playful and less likely to eat. He may even be a bit more gassy, as undigested food his intestine begins to create turmoil.

While prevention of such things is usually the smartest route by means of a good diet, plenty of water and exercise, by the time your dog is constipated, it will be time to take more proactive measures. The first thing is to boost your dog’s water intake. One solution I have personally used included a couple cans of very high protein dog food with a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. The outcome was a bit of a mess but it worked! A change in diet to include more oil and protein is usually quite effective.

It is often a good idea to give your dog a nice little belly rub. This shouldn?t be anything too drastic. Don?t rub too hard and always rub downwards, towards the tail. This will help discover things like hardened stools, for which an enema may be needed. At any rate, making these modifications should give your dog some degree of relief from his discomfort.

To reiterate, dealing with canine constipation is important. Taking steps to prevent constipation from ever occurring is usually the most advisable way to go by means of a healthy diet and enough water and exercise. Should these tactics prove to be inadequate, you may need to pay an emergency visit to your vet.