Sad to say, even cute, adorable puppies can get puppy constipation. The following information will hopefully help with this problem.
- Causes of constipation
- How it affects puppy health
- How to overcome it
- How to prevent it
- Orphan puppies
Puppies are usually happy and playful creatures, but if you notice your puppy straining, whining, or crying a lot and not having regular bowel movements, then your puppy may be constipated.
Most cases are caused by the wrong kind of diet, which causes the stools to not form the way they should. This can make it painful for them to eliminate.
When puppies lick and groom, they can swallow some hair. This can easily lead to constipation, since it can ball up in the intestines, causing a blockage.
You can never tell what a puppy will eat. They are happy to chew on and swallow just about anything. When a plastic toy or other such item is swallowed, it may combine with fecal matter to partially or fully block the intestines. This can result in constipation, or worse.
When your vet asks you to give your puppy a medication, this can also cause constipation.
Long haired puppies have another possible source of constipation. The hair can become matted around your dog's anus, and actually obstruct stool from coming out.
Constipation can cause a puppy stomach aches and abdominal pain. It can also take away some of that boundless energy. Chronic constipation in a puppy causes toxins that should have been expelled to be reabsorbed into the blood. These can make them feel a little sick.
A bowel blockage in a puppy can be dangerous. This can be caused by chronic constipation, or by the puppy eating something it’s not supposed to.
Since there are numerous things that might lead to constipation in your puppy, it is important for you to take some action as soon as you notice that something is wrong.
If corrective measures don’t bring about a bowel movement, it may be necessary to take your puppy to the vet.
Certain things help to prevent constipation in puppies, like:
There is a mineral supplement for humans that is beneficial for dogs, too. It is high in magnesium, which helps moisten the stool, which usually eliminates constipation. Magnesium also has numerous other health benefits.
It can be used for occasional bouts with constipation, or given to your puppy daily in his drinking water. As a daily treat, we give it to our cats in some milk. That way we make sure they get it all. The extra magnesium can keep a puppy’s bowels working well even if it doesn't eat enough fiber.
Constipation can be a major problem for young puppies that have been taken from their mother. Suddenly you find that it’s your job to nurse them. When they don't drink enough formula or milk they may not be able to produce a normal bowel movement.
Putting a few drops of magnesium supplement in their formula or milk may just take care of the problem. It attracts more water into their colon, which helps them to eliminate.