First, Determine the Severity of the Problem
By Jennifer Coates, DVM
Since you are constantly picking up after your dog, you are in the best position to recognize when you dog is becoming constipated. But do you know how to handle the problem should it develop?
First, you need to determine the severity of your dog’s constipation. If your dog is in significant discomfort, is vomiting, won’t eat, hasn’t pooped for more than three days, seems weak, has an obviously distended belly, or has blood in his stool, call your veterinarian. Dogs who are severely constipated can become systemically ill and risk permanent damage to the gastrointestinal tract.
On the other hand, if your dog is only mildly constipated read on to learn more about the condition and what you can do to treat it at home.