Some pet parents may question how often should their dogs' poop and how long the situation should be considered as a dangerous signal? In general, the pooping habits depend on various factors. However, if your dog hasn’t pooped in 2 days, they may suffer from constipation and need a health check instantly.
In this post, we’d like to show you some causes of this anomaly and several treatments for it.
Lack of defecation is the most obvious sign of constipation. But there are some other symptoms you should notice to your vets to find out the real causes:
- Pains during defecation
- Feces mixed with blood
- Straining to defecate
- Hard, dry stools
- Losing appetites
Normally, a dog may poop 1-4 times per day, banking on different factors. If there is no bowel elimination within 48 hours, your dogs certainly need to see a vet.
Let’s move to some main causes of above symptoms!
The amount of food consumed in the last 24 hours: The more food your dogs eat, the more waste they will eliminate. However, eating and pooping habits should be in a circle. If there are no poops in 2 days, it’s obviously a bad sign.
The fiber content diet: Fiber helps your dog’s bowel movement to work consistently. That’s why the lack of this essential component in daily diets can lead to constipation.
The age of your dog: Puppies tend to poop more than adult dogs because they don’t have abilities to control their bowels completely, while the senior whose bowel movements have already gone in a circle can retain that control in a reasonable period of time.
The lack of exercises and water: There are many similarities between what keeps humans and dogs healthy. The lack of consumed water amount, as well as physical activities, cause lots of diseases, including constipation.
The byproduct of the treatment of another illness: Illnesses affect directly how many times your dogs poop a day, so check the condition with your vet immediately if you notice any signs of bad health.
Byproducts of drugs during treatment process are also included in main factors which influence their eating habit and cause the tiny amount of food consumed. They don’t have much solid waste to eliminate as a result!
Preventions and Treatments
In some cases, the lack of poop elimination (or other poop-related issues such as flat white worms in poop or flea poop but no fleas) can be treated by yourself. However, you should contact a vet in advance to decide the correct treatment and to ensure that it is safe for your pet. However, if the condition is ongoing for at least 2 days, we strongly recommend you to make a visit to your vet for detailed checking.
Below are some recommendations for constipation prevention and keeping your dogs healthy:
An Adequate, Balanced Diet
Based on the condition of your pets, you can feed them raw or cooked meals prepared by yourself. Preparing balanced recipes in advance not only saves you plenty of time but also keeps the body of your dogs working well. In addition, don’t forget to keep a close watch on your pets to make sure no harmful food is consumed.
Furthermore, healthy diets include adequate amounts of drinking water. If your dog hasn’t pooped in 2 days, you must find ways to help them drink enough fresh, clean water. This will improve the situation and aid the prevention of doggy diseases.
We may hear the essence of fiber to humans, but have you ever considered whether it applies to canines? The answer is YES. Dogs need fiber to maintain a good gastrointestinal system. Here are some recommendations for high-fiber foods for dogs.
- Vegetables: They can be used as treats or mixed with your dog’s meals. Lots of vegetables are rich in fiber (carrots, broccoli, peas, etc.). However, remember to avoid canned ones because sodium content in canned food can harm your dog.
- Brown rice: It has three times higher amount of fiber than white rice. It can be fed as a part of main meals based on the condition of your pets.
- Apples: They are a rich source of fiber and other nutrients. However, before feeding your dog apples, remember to remove the core and seeds which may be poisonous for them due to the cyanide content.
foods which humans consume such as grains and cereals. Please contact your vet for their guidance first.
Same as humans, dogs do need exercises to stay healthy, including eliminating stools. If they seem not to be interested in activities, the easiest solution may be daily walking. Normally, dogs have a tendency to poop within 30 minutes or more after having meals, so taking them out that time is recommended. You should notice when they finish their meals and signs indicating that they want to have their elimination.
How much exercise a dog needs also depends on its age, physical health, daily food consumption, or the environment.
As you probably know, dogs are instinctively chewers, so ‘dietary indiscretion’ is a common cause of canine constipation. Take chewing shoes for example. Dogs (especially puppies) love chewing shoes because they are soft and usually within their reach. During this chewing process, they may swallow some fragments from the shoes, which may cause not only constipation but also other digestion-related illnesses.
Moreover, you might not know that chewing bones, such as harm bones or marrow bones, might cause potential dangers to dogs, especially injuries when the pieces of these bones get lodged in the stomach or intestines. As a result, the constipation of your dog become worse!
Pooping habits of dogs may be interesting and require pet owners to work really hard on keeping everything moving properly. Remember, no poop in 2 days only turns to a life threat (we mean it will lead to further health problems) if you don’t ask for professional consultants timely.
It is clear that we should prevent our dogs from illnesses by drawing up plans of diets and physical exercises. Don’t wait until bad signs of doggy illnesses happen because prevention is always better than cure!
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