My Dog Cries Out When She Tries to Defecate
Like urination, defecation is important to a dog's health and sense of well-being. Although it is not as immediately critical as the ability to urinate, if for some reason your dog cannot defecate, the effects can be quite dramatic.
What to Look For
What you need to do is try to determine whether your dog is in pain because she is trying to pass some foreign body through her intestinal tract or because she is experiencing an inherent source of pain, such as cramping, constipation, anal sac inflammation, or gastroenteritis. Failure to defecate is an issue that you can afford to wait on as long as your dog continues to behave normally in all other ways. If she begins to vomit, refuse food, or act noticeably lethargic, your veterinarian should be consulted.
What to Do
After observing your dog, ask yourself the following questions:
When to Get the Vet
Any substantial amount of bleeding from your dog's rectum, especially if combined with lethargy, is an emergency!
Text © 2007 by Robert D. "Jake" Tedaldi, D.V.M.
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