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There are three reasons why your dog cannot poop. The most common of all is that he doesn't drink enough water. It works the same way with humans, we need to drink about two liters a day for all of our evacuation, digestive and metabolic functionalities to act normally, so your friend also needs it to process properly everything he eats.
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Getting your dog to poop outside is the goal, but there are many reasons such as age or circumstance that may prevent it from happening. Lets take a look at a few of those reasons below. Puppies And Young Dogs
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Constipation happens because your dog cant produce feces as they normally would. Just like humans, dogs tend to have a regular schedule when they do their business. Most of the time, this is once or twice per day  but this gets turned on its head when constipation hits. One type of constipation is called intraluminal constipation.
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If you suspect that your dog is constipated and cant poop, or you have noticed that she is straining or not pooping as often as you think she should, there may be several reasons why. Constipation does happen occasionally in dogs, and usually, its something that your best friend can recover from fairly quickly on her own.
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The most obvious reason is constipation. Your dog might have constipation which results in infrequent and difficult bowel movements. It is even possible that you dog does not have bowel movements for days. Some of the most common signs of constipation in dogs are hard, dry stools, and mucus in stool.
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If your dog tries to poop but whines or yelps from pain, then he may be constipated. He may also have a urinary tract infection or some other health problem, and you should take him to the vet if hes in pain. Poop is Hard and Compacted Dogs may also be slightly constipated if they are able to poop, but the result is very hard and compacted.
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Dehydration could also be causing your dog to not poop, which happens when the moisture found in poop is absorbed in the body in order to make up for the loss of fluids. Severe dehydration should be taken seriously and you should take your dog to the veterinarian immediately if this is suspected.
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Almost like when cats get hairballs, dogs can have large amounts of hair collect in their stool. Opposingly, dogs that dont groom themselves enough can also experience constipation because they may have matted hair around their anus. This can cause a blockage and inability to poop. Ate Something They Shouldnt Have
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If your dog has not pooped for a couple of days, he can be at risk of developing obstipation, or an inability to poop. Eventually, that is going to cause a huge backup and the dog will stop eating and feel really unwell, Mahony said. He then has to be put under anesthesia to have a procedure to evacuate the colon.
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If there is a state of inflammation in the intestinal tract, especially the colon, which could be caused by not just parasites, but bacterial infection, dietary sensitivities, pancreatic disease or other ailments, your dog may have the feeling of needing to defecate because of the inflammation alone despite there being no stool present (this is comparable to a person who experiences diarrhea and uses the toilet multiple times even though very little material comes out).

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