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Dog Constipation

Constipation is simply identified when your dog experiences irregular patterns of releasing its stool. Due to this irregular pattern, stool builds up in your dog's colon causing discomfort and pain. Don't allow your dog continue to feel pain, give your dog a remedy to soften its stool and release all that is built up in your dog's colon. Canine constipation can be caused by various different factors; however the most common cause is due to an obstruction in the colon. Another factor is excessive licking, if your dog does this it can cause the creation of fur balls which block the colon. Dehydration is another factor, if your dog is dehydrated then the colon absorbs more water from the waste that is being passed through the intestine resulting in dry feces.

As a pet owner it is important for you to be aware of the symptoms which are associated with constipation in dogs so that you can spot it on your dog as soon as it occurs. The common symptoms which can be easily noted are if your dog has difficulty eliminating stool or only releases small amounts of stool. If your dog's feces are small, dry and hard it is likely to be due to constipation. Other symptoms to watch for include:

  • Discomfort, pain, depression and/or weakness
  • Lack of appetite
  • Redness and swelling around the anal area
  • Infrequent or irregular defecation
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Disclaimer: 1st Pet Naturals is an education resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) treatment or recommendations of your veterinarian or healthcare provider. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements.