Updated by Sheryl on Oct 15, 2021
Is your dog having trouble pooping? Do you see him squatting without any output? These can be signs that mean your dog is constipated. Your dog can become constipated very often, and most of the time, it's either because he has swallowed something indigestible or is dehydrated.
However, constipation in dogs can also be a sign of something more serious which needs to be diagnosed. Here's some information you need to know to help your dog with constipation.
Your dog may become constipated due to several reasons such as lack of exercise and anxiety. Besides, the most common causes of dog constipation are as follows:
Dog constipation symptoms are easily detectable. It may include any of the following or all of them:
You may also notice redness and swelling around the rectum. When a dog can't poop or becomes constipated, they have pain in their abdomen and lower back region and can growl, bark, or try to bite you when you press the area.
Normally, a dog poops at least once a day. If it has passed 24 hours since your dog has pooped, do not panic and wait another 24 hours. If you don't see any bowel movement within 48 to 72 hours since his last defecation, it's time to take your dog to a vet.
If you see symptoms like loss of appetite, an infection in the anus, vomiting, fever, rush to the nearest vet clinic immediately.
Delay in diagnosis may lead to obstipation, a severity of dog constipation that doesn't allow feces or gas. Chronic constipation in dogs may also contribute to a disorder of colon known as megacolon, in which waste materials remain inside, causing an abnormally enlarged colon.
Here's what to do if your dog is constipated:
Pumpkins are high in fiber and water, which is great for constipation. Give 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin per 10 pounds of dog's body weight once or twice a day.
Give 1 teaspoon of canned pumpkin per 10 pounds of dog's body weight once or twice a day. Coconut oil or olive oil has fatty acids which help in bowel movement.
Dry kibbles can make poop hard, leading to constipation. Switching to wet canned food for a few days is a good idea if your dog can't poop. But, it should be a permanent solution.
Mix ½ of ginger with ½ cup of chicken or beef broth and feed it once or twice a day. Ginger is safe for dogs, and it can help make dog poop.
Read more to know about how to help a constipated dog immediately:
Wiping method→Take a clean cloth, wipe and dip it into warm water. Now start wiping your dog's anus in a circular motion. It will help stimulate the bowel movement of your dog. Rub your pet's belly in a circular motion to warm it up.
Squirting method→Take cool water (not ice cold) and a container or water pipe to squirt it directly into your dog's anus. Make sure he doesn't have any injuries. Repeat it a couple of times.
Icing method→Lift your dog's tail, and hold the ice on his bum. You may need another person's help here because your dog will try to run away. It should take around 30 seconds or a little more to make your dog contract his muscles and push the poop out.