Dogs experience constipation from time to time. Constipation is where your dog can’t poop. It’s usually rare that this happens since most dog owners will experience diarrhea in dogs more often than constipation, but it does happen.
Fortunately, constipation isn’t that big of a problem and can be handled easily with a few over the counter medicine, home made solutions or a change in diet.
Why does constipation happen?
It’s important that as a dog owner you understand why your dog can’t poop before seeking a solution. Most of the time the solution is quite simple. I would say that 80% of the time your dog can’t poop because it’s lacking fiber. Just like humans, fiber is an important part of your dog’s nutrition. A big reason for your dog lacking fiber could be because it’s not eating enough.
Most dog food does contain a decent amount of fiber, so it shouldn’t be a problem as long as your dog is eating them. A lot of dog owners that make their own homemade dog food might lack fiber and vitamins.
For a related read, check out this article – What Are The Benefits of Grain Free Dog Food? Which Is The Cheapest?
There are other reasons why your dog can’t poop that may be more scary and alarming to the lovely dog owners. This can include tumors blocking the passage where the stool is supposed to pass through. This is a very rare case, but it can be the case of constipation.
Other reasons include stress from changing environments such as a recent move to a new city or dehydration. Most of the time the cases aren’t serious, but if you are worried you can consult your local vet to do a check up.
If the situation is left untreated, your dog’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. We don’t want that happening.
What are some signs of constipation in my dog?
The most obvious one is if your dog can’t poop or isn’t having regular bowel movements. Any irregular bowel movement could be a big sign of constipation. Another sign is if the stools are hard and dark color.
Or if you see that your dog is struggling to poop, then that is a sign of constipation. My grandma use to tell me that if you can’t poop, you drink more water and eat more leafy green vegetables! This same concept applies to dogs.
What to do if your dog can’t poop? Solutions
As mentioned above, the most common cause of your dog not being able to poop is the lack of fiber or water. This can simply be fixed by feeding your dog some more fiber such as carrots.
For an in-depth guide, read this article “Can my dog eat carrots? What are the health benefits behind it”
The next is over the counter medicines that can help with constipation. Below I’ll go over some of the ones that I’ve used in the past and still keep a few around in the cabinet in case I need it.
Naturvet’s stool ease is one of the most recognized brands for treating any type of poop problems for your dog. If your dog can’t poop, then you should buy these chewable for him. It cost less than $10 and it’s good to have a few around in the house.
My friend’s precious 14-year old German shepherd started to have terrible weakness in her back legs which is a disease suffered by this breed and other large dogs. Then a month ago she acted as if she was constipated: hard tiny stools and lot of gas even though she eats the same great food. And she lost a lot of weight. My friend did some research and came across this brand. She started giving her dog a few chewable a day and after 3-4 days all the stools went back to normal.
If your dog can’t poop, Ark Naturals can be a good solution. Gentle Digest comes in either a chewable format or a capsule format. I realize that my dog has a hard time swallowing pills, so I always buy chewable for him.
I have used many probiotics but I keep coming back to this one. I have pugs so they are very sensitive to foods and this seems to help them. I use them as their night time before bed treats so I always remember to give it to them.
These have a very fruity smell to them and I have not had any problem with any of my dogs wanting them. They are small and semi-soft so good for many ages and sizes.
This is a brand that my dogs love and can help them regulate their stools as well.
Looking for an ultimate fiber booster? Then NuPath Pumpkin supplement is the perfect fit. As I mentioned above, the lack of fiber is one of the main cause for your dog not being able to poop. Pumpkins are packed with fiber along with carrots.
Pumpkin is a “super-food” that helps dogs with digestive disruptions such as diarrhea and constipation. Pumpkin is known for having high fiber, Vitamin A, and comes jam-packed with beta-carotene.
Dogs LOVE pumpkin! They’ll have no bones about munching down the Digestion Supplement pumpkin puree blend if you pile it on top of their dry food.
Feeding time is easier than ever! – Just squirt the 7oz. pouch directly onto the already-prepared dog food… (Or let your dog lick the puree right from the spoon!) Each packet is pre-measured for you so there’s no guesswork.
These come in little packets which make it as easy as it can get for me to just add it to my pile of dog food or salmon!
This supplement does more than just help your dog with poop. It also helps with bad breath, gas problems, and diarrhea. It’s the complete solution for digestive problems.
This comes in powder format, so it’s different from the ones that I mentioned above, but it works well because you can mix it in water or any dog food.
What awesome about this brand is that it also comes with all the healthy fat that your dog needs so it’s more of a supplement. According to their description, their pet probiotics help to support healthy digestive enzymes, improving diarrhea, bad breath, itchy skin, scratching, digestion, constipation, gas, bloating, vomiting, & helps to prevent arthritis, heart disease, and eye & skin problems.
If your dog can’t poop, it’s nothing to panic about. However, if constipation goes away and then comes back a few days later, then you should consult with your local vet incase there are more major problems such as tumors or infections. That would require more of a vet solution. Most of the time, using a solution mentioned above will solve the problem right away.
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