Constipation Symptoms in Dogs

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You think your dog may be constipated, but how can you really tell?  Your dog cannot tell you.  You must watch for these symptoms.


Refusal of Foods.

A constipated dog may be feeling bloated and heavy and so they may refuse to eat.  Or a dog with a mild constipation may eat less than they normally wood.  This is a tricky symptom as it may also indicate a finicky eater.



A constipated dog may be less active than normal and resting or sleeping more.  They may not want to play or go for a walk.  They may not want to participate in activities that they normally find enjoyable.


Difficulty Pooping.

Your dog may appear to be straining to poop.  They may spend a significant amount of time with both back legs bent and their rear end close to the ground.  The dog’s facial expression may change to show pain while straining to poop.


Whining or Shuffling in Circles

A dog who is outside and is whining and shuffling in circles may be trying to poop.  Watch them.  Constipation may be uncomfortable or even painful and your dog is trying to relieve the pain by pooping.  The whining may be your dog’s attempt at communicating their discomfort to you.


Difficulty Walking

Constipated dogs may try to walk with minimal movement of hind legs and an arched back.

In Conclusion.

Now that you know the symptoms of constipation in your dog, you will know what to watch for.  If your dog shows any of these symptoms, consult your veterinarian immediately.

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