Constipation in Dogs

Constipation is usually referred to as infrequent, incomplete or difficult defecation, with passage of hard or dry feces or stool. Obstipation is severe form of constipation that is caused by chronic constipation and prolonged retention of hard, dry feces. Defecation becomes impossible in patients with this condition. Symptoms include

Straining to defecate with small or no fecal volume

Hard, dry bowel movement

Infrequent or lack of defecation

Small amount of liquid stool with mucus or blood produced after prolonged straining to defecate (known as tenesmus)

Occasional vomiting

Lack of appetite


Large bowel filled with hard compacted fecal material

Swelling around the anus

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