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Constipation

GENERAL INFORMATION:

Constipation is the occurrence of infrequent or difficult bowel movements or the complete absence of them.  Since the stool is delayed in passing through the colon, there is more time for water absorption.  This results in dry, hard stools.  This type of stool results in straining and painful elimination.

There are three main causes of constipation:

1. Dietary.
2. Obstruction.
3. Degenerative changes

Within each category there are numerous causes of constipation.

Treatment consists of use of laxatives, enemas, or surgery; then prevention of recurrences.  Depending upon the cause of your pet’s constipation, hospitalisation may or may not be necessary.

MEDICATION:
Medication must be fitted to the particular needs of your pet.  Follow the instructions carefully.

DIET:
Special low residue, high fibre diets are available.

WATER: 
Provide a ready supply of clean, fresh water.

EXERCISE:
Provide regular exercise each day for your pet.  If necessary walk your pet on a leash.

BOWEL MOVEMENTS:
Observe your pet’s bowel movements each day. Notify the veterinarian of any abnormalities.



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