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When Poop Doesn't Happen Constipation Issues in Pugs

It’s hard to believe that the sturdy looking strong body of a Pug can experience constipation issues, but there are times that he or she does. Pet parents that have a Pug will want to keep an eye on signs that their Pug is constipated and learn ways to help relieve the situation. While most Pugs will never experience constipation, others will. Usually Pugs that eat a healthy diet, exercise daily and drink plenty of water will not experience constipation issues. Learn more about the causes and treatment for constipation in Pugs below.

Causes of Constipation in Pugs

The following list contains possible causes of constipation in Pugs.

  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive amounts of fiber in the diet
  • Lack of fiber in diet
  • Dehydration
  • Consuming dairy products
  • Excessive amounts of calcium in the diet
  • Blockage caused by swallowing a non-food object
  • Hernia
  • Enlarged prostate

Symptoms and Signs of Constipation in Pugs

The following are common symptoms exhibited by Pugs that are experiencing constipation issues.

  • Straining to push out stool
  • Lack of bowel movements for more than two days
  • Hard stools
  • Mucus combined in hard stool
  • Vomiting
  • Swelling of the abdomen

What to do if Your Pug has Constipation

If you notice your Pug is experiencing the signs and symptoms mentioned above you will want to take action to help solve the problem. Begin with evaluating your Pug’s diet, exercise routine and water intake. Your Pug should be eating a healthy diet and treats as well as having access to fresh water at all times. You should be walking your Pug on a daily basis or allowing him or her to run and play in the yard, as long as it is fenced in and a safe place for dogs.

Once you make the improvements to your Pug’s exercise routine and diet, keep a close eye to see if it has helped the constipation problem. If it does not help, you will want to consider if your dog has swallowed something like a small toy or object. Either way, if you don’t see an improvement after making changes within 24 to 48 hours, you will want to contact the veterinarian.  

If you are not able to solve the constipation problem at home for your Pug, you will want to visit the veterinarian immediately. Provide your dog’s symptoms over the telephone when making the appointment. Remember swelling of the abdomen or vomiting is a serious symptom and action should be taken immediately. Once you bring your Pug to the veterinarian, he or she will conduct an examination including inspection of the anal glands, blood tests, X-rays and a full physical. The veterinarian will then determine the cause and act promptly to solve the issue. For minor cases of constipation in Pugs an enema will be performed. Severe cases related to blockage and swallowing of objects may need to be treated successfully with surgery. Constipation in Pugs should be taken seriously and brought to the attention of a veterinarian if it lasts more than two days.

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