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Constipation in Dogs

By: Dr.Bari Spielman

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Optimal treatment for your dog requires a combination of home and professional veterinary care. Follow-up can be critical, especially if your dog does not improve rapidly. It is important to note that chronic or recurrent constipation can lead to obstipation and acquired megacolon, at which point prognosis is guarded for normal function.

It is important to monitor the frequency of defecation and the consistency of feces. Administer all prescribed medication as directed. Alert your veterinarian if you are experiencing problems treating your dog. Overuse of laxatives and enemas can cause diarrhea.

Discontinue/avoid any medication or substance that may be causing or exacerbating (worsening) constipation.


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