No one likes to be rushed when they’re doing their business, but sometimes, we need to get out of the house. However, you can’t go until you know your dog has been number two! So how can you hurry him up and make your dog poop immediately?
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to speed up dog pooping. That said, it depends on what’s causing the delay. Let’s take a look at some common issues that cause canine constipation and some treatments, too.
Why Can't My Dog Poop?
Here are a few common reasons your dog may not be able to go – and how to resolve them!
If your dog’s constipation is a regular occurrence, consider their diet. Dogs need to eat a high-fiber diet to keep their digestive system moving. So, on top of their kibble and protein source, consider adding some vegetables like carrots and green beans to their daily meals.
Or, give them some fruit as one of their daily treats. A slice of apple, some plain cooked pumpkin, a few blueberries, strawberries, or half a banana will do. If your dog has a sensitive stomach in general, why not add some probiotics to their diet as well?
Allergies and changes in diet can also cause digestive disturbances such as farting. Common food allergies in dogs include grains and soy, and other symptoms include skin issues, dull coat, gas, and bad breath. Talk to your vet about doing a food trial to identify the allergen, and cut it out with hypoallergenic food.
Changes in diet can also cause constipation, for example, changing from commercial food to a raw diet. To avoid this, transition your dog slowly. Try giving them 3/4 old food and 1/4 new food for a few days. Then, exchange another quarter every few days until your dog is fully transitioned. If at any point they’re having trouble, go back a step. Always consult your vet before making a big dietary change.
Another thing that can contribute to canine constipation is a lack of exercise. Not moving on the outside will keep things from moving on the inside, too. So, get moving! That said, don’t overexercise your dog just to make them poop.
How much your dog needs depends on their breed, size, and age. Use an exercise calculator by Rover to determine how much exercise your dog should be getting every day, and ask your vet for tailored advice.
Things in your dog’s body can slow down when they are dehydrated, and this includes bowel movements. Dehydration is when the body releases more water than it takes in, and it can be dangerous if severe. Signs of dehydration in dogs include excessive panting, drooling, vomiting, sunken eyes, dry gums, and loss of skin elasticity. It’s more likely to occur on hot days or following overexertion.
If your dog is dehydrated, you should take them to a cool place in the home to lie down. Give them sips of water, mix in some electrolytes if you have any, and dab them with a cool, wet flannel. If they don’t improve after 20 minutes, call your vet, tell them your dog’s symptoms, and follow their advice. They may tell you to keep doing what you’re doing and monitor their symptoms, or in severe cases, take them to the hospital for IV-fluid treatment.
If your dog’s constipation develops suddenly and dramatically, there could be something more at play. common health problems that cause constipation in dogs include internal blockages, blocked anal glands, kidney disease, and enlarged prostate glands.
Internal blockages occur when dogs eat something they shouldn’t; common culprits are toys and sticks. They can create a blockage in the stomach or bowels and prevent them from emptying, which requires urgent treatment. Other signs of blockages include vomiting and hunching over or whining in pain. Dogs suspected of having internal blockages should be taken to a vet for an examination and X-ray immediately to determine what and where the blockage is, and they will likely need to operate to remove it.
Blocked anal glands
Any dog can get blocked anal glands, but it’s more common in dogs that are overweight or have sensitive stomachs. It’s not a serious condition, although it can be uncomfortable. Dogs with blocked anal glands often scoot their bums on the floor and struggle to poop. They can be unblocked by a vet, but glands that get blocked regularly can be managed with medication, regular vet visits, or surgery, in extreme cases.
Kidney disease in dogs is thought to be congenital and may cause an increase in urination, excessive thirst, a decrease in appetite, and diarrhea or constipation. It’s diagnosed through bloodwork and urine testing and although it’s not curable, it can be managed with lifestyle changes and medication in its early stages, but 2-3 times weekly dialysis will likely be needed as the disease progresses.
Symptoms of an enlarged prostate usually only involve changes or pain during urination and bowel movements. It’s more common in older, un-neutered dogs. The enlargement can be benign or linked to an infection or cancer, so it’s important to get it checked by a vet. Depending on the cause, vets will treat an enlarged prostate by neutering, prescribing antibiotics, or in the case of cancer, dogs will receive palliative care.
Elderly dogs are known to be more prone to constipation than others because things in the body slow down with age. Unless there are other symptoms at play, try not to stress too much about this and perhaps introduce some more fiber and probiotics to their diet.
Stress and anxiety can also cause constipation due to the tensing of the muscles. If your dog’s pooping habits slow down suddenly, it could be stress-related. Common causes of stress in dogs include separation anxiety, under-stimulation, illness, a change in schedule or big life changes like moving home, trauma/phobias, and illness or death in the family.
Other signs of stress and anxiety in dogs include repetitive behaviors like pacing and panting, drooling, excessive barking and whining, being extra clingy, destructive behaviors towards themselves, their possessions, and the home, going to the toilet indoors, and in extreme cases, aggression towards other dogs.
You can relieve stress with anti-anxiety products like plug-in diffusers and herbal supplements, stress-busting chew toys, and mentally stimulating toys like puzzles, feeders, and treat dispensers. There are also prescription medications for extreme cases.
If your dog’s stress or anxiety has a particular trigger, such as separation or a phobia of some kind, do some appropriate training, like separation training or positive association training.
If that’s not possible, try to avoid triggers altogether. Where stress is related to a big life change, try to give your dog lots of love, exercise, and play. Providing a stable daily routine will help, too.
Sometimes, dogs hold their poop on purpose because they associate it with you leaving. They know you want them to poop, and that you’re waiting for them to do so in order to leave the house. If they don’t want you to go, they may hold their poop to stop you from leaving. Or, they may hold it because they know they have to go back inside afterward, and they want to stay outside for as long as possible.
To relieve anticipatory anxiety about separation, try doing some things you normally do before leaving the house, such as putting on your shoes, and then, instead of leaving, go back to whatever you were doing before. Or, try letting them out to the toilet slightly earlier to break the association with leaving, and rewarding them afterward with a game to make toilet time fun.
How To Make Your Dog Poop Immediately
To make your dog poop when they are having trouble, try rubbing their belly in a firm but gentle, slow, clockwise motion or even using a warm hot water bottle to stimulate some movement. Walk them around a little, and never give your dog a laxative meant for humans.
Top tips to keep things moving:
- To help your dog poop, keep their food, walks, and toilet outings on an orderly schedule to keep things regular. As a general rule, it tends to take around 6-8 hours for food to pass through a dog’s system.
- Teach your dog the word “poop” by saying it when they go and rewarding them afterward so that you can let them know when you want them to go poop. This will make life a lot easier when you’re in a rush!
Those are our top tips on how to make your dog poop immediately. Enjoy!