Puppies are the most adorable friends but on the other hand, they are very vulnerable. Let us take the journey together to find out why “My Puppy can poop Properly”. Constipation is never very pleasant for humans, so imagine for dogs!
This problem can turn out to be benign, but can also sometimes hide something else. This is why it is recommended to keep an eye on your dog’s elimination habits. The color, texture, smell and quantity of his stool are important indicators of his health and general well-being.
When Should You Worry About Constipation?
It is advisable to worry quickly and to systematically consult a veterinarian in the following cases;
- observation of a symmetrical or asymmetrical swelling around the anus,
- observation of bleeding next to the anus,
- absence of stool emission for 3 days (despite a correct general condition),
- Appearance of constipation associated with a deterioration in general condition, i.e. a noticeable drop in the dog’s appetite , drop in drink intake, lethargy or fever,
- vomiting associated with constipation,
- if you think your dog may have ingested a foreign body (inedible object such as a ball, toy, string).
- young puppy less than 6 months old.
How to act in case of constipation in my dog?
At home, if my dog is in good shape
If the dog is in good general condition, his appetite is still present and the constipation is simply associated with an increase in the hardness of the stools which become very dry and less frequent, it is possible to try to do several things at the home :
- Change the diet to a high-fiber or hyper-digestible range of food. Do not hesitate to split the meals to spread out the intake over the day. Avoid as much as possible in the long term the extras for your dog, especially the bones.
- Always have clean, fresh water available for your pet.
- A course of oral laxative (paraffin oil, lactulose) can also be tried over several days. The other oils are of no interest to add to the food because they are digested before reaching the site of the obstruction through the stool. For the dosages of drugs that can be used in dogs, always ask a veterinarian for advice . Do not administer medicine from your pharmacy to your dog without the advice of a professional at the risk of aggravating the situation.
- If necessary, administer a rectal laxative (Microlax) to your animal. Once again, it is always advisable to ask your veterinarian for the dose that can be used in your dog according to his weight).
- Take more walks for a few days to promote the resumption of transit.
Support at the veterinarian
If you have identified an emergency factor in your dog or if despite your medical management at home, the constipation does not go away, you should consult your veterinarian quickly. In case of consultation with the veterinarian, he will first carry out a complete clinical examination of your dog. He will carefully examine the anal area of your animal in search of lesions and will very often proceed to a digital rectal examination to examine the prostate in the male and explore the interior of the rectum.