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Dog Constipation: How To Help Your Pet

Doggy constipation is a frequent health hiccup that can happen for various reasons. Dive into this helpful guide by the Wild Pack team for everything you need to spot, understand, and address your dog’s constipation.

What Is Dog Constipation?

Constipation occurs when there’s a buildup of hard and dry fecal matter in a dog’s lower bowel, making it difficult for them to pass stool through the anus.

For dogs, regular bowel movements typically happen once or twice a day. When a dog is constipated, they might struggle to defecate, or their stools may be unusually hard.

Dog Constipation Symptoms:

Rare or Missing Bathroom Breaks: If your dog isn’t making their usual trips or seems unable to go altogether, it might be a hint of constipation.

Unpleasant Feelings or Pain: If your dog expresses discomfort, such as whining or yelping while doing their business, it could indicate problems related to constipation.

Hard, Dry Stools: Take note of the consistency of your dog’s stools. If they’re unusually firm and dry, it could be an indication of constipation.

Lack of Appetite: Constipated dogs might show a decreased interest in food. Discomfort in the digestive tract can affect their overall appetite.

Vomiting: In some cases, constipation can lead to vomiting as the digestive system tries to cope with the blockage.

A guide to constipation in dogs

Dog Constipation Causes:

Constipation in dogs can stem from various sources. Common culprits include:

Dietary Factors: Insufficient fibre or inadequate water intake can hinder smooth bowel movements.

Lack of Physical Activity: Dogs with a sedentary lifestyle may experience sluggish digestion.

Obstructions: Swallowing non-food items that can’t be digested may cause blockages in the digestive tract.

Age and Breed Factors: Older dogs and specific breeds may be more susceptible to constipation.

How To Help Your Dog Avoid Constipation:

Diet: Feeding your dog raw food can offer excellent nutrition while promoting healthy bowel movements. Wild Pack’s Raw dog food includes a variety of meats, bones, and vegetables, providing a natural source of dietary fibre. Adequate fibre promotes regular bowel movements and can help prevent constipation.

Read Wild Pack’s guide on all the benefits of raw dog food.

Hydration: Ensure your dog has access to clean and fresh water at all times. Hydration is crucial for proper digestion.

Exercise: Promote physical activity to keep your dog’s digestive system active. Regular walks, playtime, and engaging activities contribute to overall well-being.

Stress Management: Minimize stressors in your dog’s environment. Dogs can be sensitive to changes, so maintaining a stable and comfortable atmosphere is beneficial.

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