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My dog appears to be constipated. What should I do?

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If your dog is straining to defecate or has hard stools, he’s probably constipated. Give your veterinarian a call. There are many reasons why dogs can become blocked up – dehydration, a lack of fiber, or an enlarged prostate may play a role. But constipation can also indicate a more serious condition such as a blocked intestinal tract, hypothyroidism, tumors, or a neurological disorder.

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So if you think your canine is constipated, try taking him for an extra walk and make sure he is drinking plenty of water. If that doesn’t relieve the problem, take him to the veterinarian for a thorough exam. Treatment will depend on the cause, but may include medication, a stool softener, or a high fiber diet.

– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM

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