Today’s PetMeds Spotlight is on Dehydration. When your dog is dehydrated, the colon absorbs more fluid from the waste being passed through the intestines. This results in hard, dry stools, and can greatly contribute to constipation in your dog. However, constipation can only be treated with an increase in drinking water if the condition is specifically caused by an inadequate supply of fresh drinking water.
Indigestible Objects, like the stuffing from inside a toy, or plastic that was covering food pulled from the garbage can stay in your dog’s digestive system and not “pass through”. This too can be the cause of dehydration.
Poor Quality Food and low fiber intake can also cause dehydration and constipation because of the level of preservatives and dyes in the food make them less easy to digest.
Stress is another contributing factor in pets as well as humans.
Constipation in pets is something that should be addressed with your vet, and should not be self diagnosed. It may not warrant a visit to the vet, but if you have a good relationship with them, and your vet is familiar with your pet, it could be something he can have you monitor at home and solve with canned pureed pumpkin.