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Causes of a Painful Dog Bowel Movement

by Lisa and Our Vet
(london, england)

<b>Dog with anorexia, abdominal distension, weight-loss and constipation. Sent to ultra-sound and X-ray examination. The diagnosis was intestinal obstruction(megacolon/fecaloma). </b><br><small>Source: Washington State University</small>

Dog with anorexia, abdominal distension, weight-loss and constipation. Sent to ultra-sound and X-ray examination. The diagnosis was intestinal obstruction(megacolon/fecaloma).
Source: Washington State University

My dogs current bowl movement is causing him pain and he cannot go through with it.


This evening when I took my dog out, he got himself set for his bowl movement and began. He did so with no problems until halfway through when he suddenly yelped in pain. He then spent the next few minutes resetting himself, trying to pass the movement, but failing with a cry of pain each time, eventually giving up.

Vet Suggestion Painful Dog Bowel Movement and Constipation

Hi Lisa,

Sometimes adding a little fiber to a dog’s diet can help soften the stool and make it easier to pass. You can mix a few tablespoons of canned pumpkin in with his current diet for a few days and see if that helps. If things don’t return to normal quickly however, make an appointment with your veterinarian.

It is possible that your dog has an abnormality (e.g., a tumor or infection) affecting his rectum, anal glands, or associated structures that is making defecation painful.

Best of luck,

Jennifer Coates, DVM

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