Apart from an immediate inability to poop, there are health risks associated with constipation in dogs that may ultimately prove to be dangerous, if left unattended to. And the most notable dangers of failure to poop by a dog include:
Obstipation in dogs occurs when faeces present in the colon becomes hard and dry, hence, becoming extremely difficult to move. Consequently, dry faeces accumulate in the colon over time, and this results in another medical condition called megacolon, in which the doggie is unable to poop.
Also, if left unattended to, the inability of a dog to poop may result in:
- The doggie becoming depressed
- Bloating and unhealthy weight gain
- Enlargement of the colon, and
- Loss of appetite
How Many Times In A Day Should A Dog Poop?
Now that we know what happens when a dog’s constipation is left untreated, what do we consider to be healthy doggie pooping frequency?
Generally, most dogs will need to poop just once a day, but it isn’t unusual for doggies to need to use the toilet, twice or thrice in a day. Ultimately, the frequency with which a dog will need to be led out to use the toilet in a day depends on its diet, size and activity level.
If your doggie fails to poop for two days straight, you need to sit up and be on the lookout for other signs of canine constipation. And this will decide whether a simple home remedy will suffice or if your furry friend requires medical attention.
What Happens After Treatment Of Constipation?
On a positive note, the general prognosis for dog constipation is quite encouraging, and pooches that get the required medical attention and care, typically bounce back to enjoy their best lives.
Doggies suffering constipation due to an underlying health condition also go on to make a speedy recovery, once the aforementioned health condition has been dealt with.