The general guideline is if your pet has not had a poop for 2 days, if they crouch, show signs of pain, strain and pass small amounts of liquid mixed with blood or clear mucus then they maybe constipated.
When constipation is accompanied by lethargy, loss of appetite, and vomiting, it needs attention; visit a vet as soon as possible. Any time your dog exhibits a symptom that does not go away, appears unexplainable, or is accompanied by other symptoms and pain, please go to a local vet or emergency hospital.
Constipation can be a sign of more serious conditions such as colitis, a urinary tract infection, obstructed bladder or an obstruction. Obstructions cause a blockage are caused by things not easily digested. We have seen bones, grass, dirt, cloth, socks, clothes, rocks, garbage, razor blades, shower hats and shower loofahs.
Other causes of constipation in dogs includes; not enough fibre in their daily food, matted hair blocking the anus, enlarged prostate, hernias, tumours, hypothyroidism, stress and anxiety and other medications to treat other conditions.
The emergency vet hospital does not recommend home remedies. They have been known to make other conditions worse or cause unintended side effects.
The take home message is earlier treatment is easier and often cheaper.