Causes of Constipation in Dogs

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Constipation itself is a symptom, not a disease. It’s a sign that something’s amiss in your dog’s system. The cause can be something as minor as her diet or as serious as a neuromuscular or metabolic disorder.

Causes of Constipation in Dogs

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Often, what your dog ingests is the cause of her constipation. This can be what you feed her or what she feeds herself — including dog food that is low in fiber, hair ingested from self-grooming or licking the floors, or bones, pieces of toys, dirt, gravel or anything else that can be difficult to eliminate.

Other triggers of constipation are:

  • Medication side effects
  • Lack of exercise
  • Dehydration
  • An obstruction in or outside the colon wall
  • An obstruction at the anus
  • Neurologic, metabolic or endocrine disorders
  • Enlarged prostate gland (in male dogs)
  • Hernia
  • Orthopedic disorders that cause pain when crouching
  • Old age
  • Missed meals

You will need to have a veterinarian investigate the specific cause of your dog’s constipation.

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