What are the signs of pet constipation?
- Hard, dry faeces, possibly with some blood or mucus on the surface
- Frequent attempts at defecation with little or no production of poo.
How is pet constipation treated?
If you think your pet has constipation, your vet will perform a thorough examination and look for signs of dehydration such as loss of skin elasticity or tenting.
They may put your pet on intravenous fluids and lactulose-based medication to help with their bowel movement. It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before treatment.
How do I avoid constipation reoccurring in my pet?
Keep your pet well hydrated and try to include as much fibre in their diet as possible. If it’s a reoccurring problem, the vet may prescribe laxative medication on an ongoing basis.
If you’re thinking of adopting a pet with constipation
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new pet and ask for more details on how the constipation has been treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any pet who’s had treatment is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.