Your dog may be experiencing problems pooping, or even diarrhea. You may notice your dog’s first bowel movement contains hard and dry matter, while their second bowel movement is soft and watery.
If you notice your dog has a pattern of diarrhea and constipation, you should take your dog to the vet to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
During your visit, your veterinarian will perform a physical exam and feel for the contents of the colon to determine the cause of your dog’s problems.
While many of these issues don’t require a visit to the veterinarian, more severe cases may require hospitalization and extra treatments.
Your veterinarian can determine the cause of your dog’s constipation and recommend treatment.
Certain types of diets are helpful for preventing constipation, and a high-fiber or low-fiber diet can be helpful.
Certain behavioral or psychogenic causes may require medications, and probiotics are sometimes recommended after the problem has been diagnosed.
For dogs suffering from constipation, adding more moisture to their diet is a good way to solve their problem.
To help your dog poop more often, add fresh water or low-sodium chicken broth to their bowl. If your dog eats dry food, try substituting some of it with canned food.
If your dog’s diet is dry, try adding canned green beans, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin to their kibble.