What are the main causes of constipation in dogs?
The most common cause of constipation in dogs is an incorrect diet. A lack of fiber (and sometimes excessive fiber) can be a problem as well as indigestible bones which can be swallowed and produce a cork-like blockage in the digestive tract.
Other causes of constipation include worm infestation, lack of exercise and furballs (in cats). Symptoms of bladder infections (such as straining) can also sometimes be mistaken for constipation.
Constipation can lead to a build up of toxins, which can cause numerous health problems.
Symptoms of constipation in dogs:
- Straining to have a bowel movement with no result
- Abdominal discomfort
- Loss of appetite
- Going for long periods between bowel movements
- Hard, impacted stools