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Why Your Dog Cries and Yelps While He is Pooping

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If your dog cries when pooping, it simply means that he is having trouble defecating. The stool may be painful to pass or there might be something wrong with your pet’s rectum or colon. Painful defecation can indicate a slew of digestive problems so you have to be alert as a pet owner.

What Should You Do When Your Dog Cries When Pooping

There are less serious reasons why your dog is passing stool painfully. In most cases, he’s just constipated. Your dog may not be drinking enough water. As a rule of thumb, your dog has to drink about 50 ml of water for every kilogram of his body weight. For example, if your dog weighs 10 kg, that’s 500 ml or half a liter of water per day.

It’s also possible that he might have eaten something that was not easy to digest. A bone or foreign material, perhaps. Usually, the problem just fixes itself, but if your dog is still constipated after a few days, and he still cries when he poops, then you have to go to your vet right away to get a prescription for laxatives.

Now, moving on to more serious cases. There might be a blockage on the rectum because of a mass, prostate problems, or injury in the pelvic region, just to name a few. A colon or rectal disorder is also possible.

Masses, like cancer or a polyp, that are blocking your dog’s back-end can make your dog yelp or cry during defecation because they might be painful. It’s similar in the case of prostate problems. In male dogs, the colon is located directly above the prostate gland. With stool passing through, the inflamed or infected prostate is squeezed into other organs, making defecation painful for your pooch.

Naturally, your dog will cry when pooping when there’s an injury to his pelvic region. You would too if your hip was fractured and you had to go to the bathroom.

When it is Time to Visit the Vet

Before you make an appointment, it’s important that you collect a sterile stool sample for your vet to check out. It’s going to be a huge help in determining the exact cause of your dog’s painful defecation. Here are some steps to help you collect the stool sample correctly:

Once you are at the vet, a series of diagnostic tests will be performed (including stool examination). It is important that you are ready to answer if the vet asks you for your dog’s symptoms.

With serious cases, crying while pooping is usually accompanied by a myriad of other symptoms that will raise red flags for you as a pet owner. There could be vomiting, loss of appetite, or limping. Watch out for anything that’s out of the ordinary.

Depending on your vet’s findings, surgery might be needed. In mild to moderate cases, however, they can simply be resolved with oral medication or other specific treatments.

Prevention is Better Than Cures

If your vet gives your dog a clean bill of health, then he or she will simply suggest dietary changes. Make sure that your dog gets enough fiber and protein in his food. If he is fond of chewing on things, provide him with a fun and challenging dog toy that’s safe yet not so easy to ingest. Make sure that his water bowl is within reach and is filled too.

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is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being an apartment-living pet owner.