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What is Yelping When Pooping?

There are times when your dog will experience pain or have difficulty defecating. This is called dyschezia. Generally, your dog will yelp when he poops because there is some type of disorder of the rectum or colon. You should never ignore your dog when they are yelping when they poop. Contact your veterinarian for an appointment to determine what is causing your dog to yelp when defecating. 

Masses that form within the colon or rectum can cause your dog to yelp when pooping. An injury or mass on the anus or the perineum can also cause pain when your dog poops. In male dogs, if they have a condition affecting the prostate, painful defecation can occur. The prostate gland is located under a segment of the colon and an enlarged prostate gland can cause your dog to experience pain when they poop. 

Potential causes of your dog yelping when pooping include:

  • Colon or rectum disorder
  • Mass on the anus or perineum
  • Constipation 
  • Pseudocoprostasis
  • Prostate problems
  • Mass or injury in the pelvic region

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Why Yelping When Pooping Occurs in Dogs

Colon or Rectum Disorder

When there is a problem occurring inside the colon or the rectum, your dog will experience pain when they try to poop. Masses, such as cancer or polyps, can cause the fecal matter to back up and be more difficult for your dog to pass. This can cause them to yelp when they poop. Dogs that have swallowed small foreign objects will many times pass them through the colon and rectum and then out of the body. This can cause pain if the foreign object is irregularly shaped or has jagged edges. Strictures or narrowing of the colon or rectum can make it difficult for your dog to pass feces out of the body. 

Mass on the Anus or Perineum

Masses such as cancer or polyps on the anus or the perineum can cause your dog to yelp when he poops. The anus can also have a stricture or narrowing that makes it more difficult for your dog to pass fecal matter out of the body. Anal gland infections, abscesses or cancer can cause pain when defecating. Sometimes your dog may suffer from a perineal hernia. A perineal hernia is when the tissue within the pelvis and into the soft tissue behind the hip becomes herniated. This can cause pain when your dog attempts to defecate.  Another possible condition that your dog may be suffering from is perineal fistula. This occurs when the skin around the anus becomes infected and ulcerated. 

Constipation

When your dog is constipated and straining to poop, it can become painful for them. If you notice they are straining excessively and producing very little, if any, feces they may be constipated. Dogs that are suffering from constipation can be given over the counter medications, but consult with your veterinarian before giving any medications to your dog. 

Pseudocoprostasis

Keeping your dog’s hind end well groomed and in some instances, clipped short is not just to make them look good. When there are knots or mats around the anus, feces can become trapped and cause pseudocoprostasis. With feces trapped so close to the skin an infection can occur. In severe cases, the hair is so matted that feces are unable to escape the body and begin to back up into the colon, making your dog severely sick.

Prostate Problems

For male dogs, the colon is located above the prostate gland. When there is a problem with the prostate gland, such as an infection, cancer or abscess, it can cause your dog to experience pain when they try to defecate. 

Mass or Injury in the Pelvic Region

Fractures or injuries to the pelvic bones can cause your dog pain when they have to strain to poop. Masses or infections can also cause your dog to feel pain when they attempt to defecate.

What to do if your Dog is Yelping When Pooping

When you notice your dog yelping when he poops, note whether or not he is able to pass any feces. If he does, collect a stool sample for your veterinarian. When you take your dog in for his appointment, explain the symptoms that you have seen as well as how long your dog has been exhibiting pain when he passes stool. 

Your veterinarian will order diagnostic tests to determine what is causing your dog to be in pain when they defecate. Depending on the diagnosis, treatment plans will be discussed. Surgery may be required for certain conditions and medications may be prescribed. Be sure to listen to your veterinarian and ask any questions regarding your dog’s treatment plan. Follow all dosing instructions closely when giving your dog medications.

Prevention of Yelping When Pooping

Feed your dog a diet that is high in fiber and protein to ensure that they do not become constipated. If your dog likes to chew on items, keep all small items out of reach and provide them with plenty of dog safe toys to occupy their time. As soon as you notice your dog is having difficulty pooping call your veterinarian for an appointment so any problems can hopefully be caught early.

Cost of Yelping When Pooping

Depending on the diagnosis and your location, treating your dog for yelping when he poops can be costly. Constipation can cost between $1200 and $5000 depending on the severity of their constipation. Colon and rectum issues can be treated for $300 to $2000.

Yelping When Pooping Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

Sasha
Akita
10 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

Has Symptoms

Diarrhea

My Sasha has multiple health issues including spinal arthritis and hypothyroidism. Recently she has started to seem in pain when attempting to defecate, yelped a couple of times, and has very inconsistent bowel characteristics. She has muscle loss in the hind end, but lately it seems as though she is losing control of the back legs, especially when defecating. She is a 10 year old akita, and until the hypothyroidism began led an extremely active and healthy life. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated, she still wants to play with her little sister, and sometimes tries to even sitting down after her hind legs have failed her..

Michele King
Dr. Michele King, DVM
265 Recommendations
Thank you for your email. It is so difficult watching our pets age. While I can't examine or prescribe anything for Sasha, a couple of questions came to mind as I was reading your email. One is whether her thyroid medications are at the right level, and when the last time that her thyroid levels were checked - if they are too low, that can be contributing to hind end weakness. The other question that I had was whether she is on any pain medications for her arthritis. There are some very effective, safe pain medications that are available from your veterinarian, and she sounds like she is at a stage in life where she needs them. If she is already on any pain medications, there are others that can be used in conjunction with any current medications to help her live a comfortable life. If she isn't on any, or you think she needs more, it would be a great conversation with your veterinarian to see what they are able to do for her. I hope that she is more comfortable very soon.

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Skrappie
Chihuahua
2 Years
Serious condition
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Serious condition

My doggie Skrappie is 2 years old and started whining last night and has had diarrhea. This morning while he was pooping he was yelping with diarrhea. He will drink a little bet of water but will not eat his food.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations
There are a few possible causes for the symptoms you are describing which include foreign objects, consumption of other things, parasites, anal gland disorders, poisoning among other causes; if Skrappie is in this much distress with diarrhoea, I would recommend you take him to your Veterinarian to look for any foreign objects or other issues which may be causing pain. In the meantime, try to keep him hydrated and give water (by syringe slowly) into the mouth as required. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Echo
Black Lab Mix
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

Has Symptoms

Doesn’t seem to have any

My dog will poop usually at night while my boyfriend takes him out before bed, and he will help loud like he’s in pain. He has never done it with me while he poops, if he does so in the mornings before i leave for work. To me it seems like if he holds it in for a long period of time it tends to bother him more?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations
Pain whilst defecating may be caused by a few different causes which may include anal gland disorders, foreign objects, parasites, infections, tumours, injury to the anal sphincter among other causes; if the faeces is a little hard, try to add some plain canned pumpkin into his diet to see if there is any improvement. If this issue continues you should have your Veterinarian examine him to determine the underlying cause. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Daisy
Bichon
1 Year
Fair condition
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Fair condition

Has Symptoms

Yelping when pooping

Daisy started yelping while pooping a few days ago..this week she didn't yelp at all but today se she yelped at a really low volume. I would like some advice please.

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations
There are a few causes of yelping whilst defecating which may include firm stool, anal gland issues, foreign objects, strictures among other causes; you should try to increase Daisy’s fibre content with some plain canned pumpkin; other than that, if the issue persists you should consult with your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Louie
Shiba-Chi
6 month
Mild condition
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Mild condition

My dog 6 month , about 1 week my dog yelping when pooping. We had appointment with doctor yesterday, he gave him medicine Metronidazole, but my puppy still scare pooping

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations
Pain whilst defecating may be caused by a few different conditions which may include infections, foreign objects, anal gland disorders, constipation among other conditions. Without examining Louie it is difficult to say what the specific cause of the pain is, but if there is no improvement I would return to your Veterinarian for another examination. If the issue is due to constipation, some plain canned pumpkin may help loosen the stool. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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Ava
Pomeranian
1 Year
Moderate condition
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Moderate condition

My dog got hurt yesterday and has a puncture wound on her right back side close to her tailbone and today she tried to poop and started yelping like it hurt her. She pooped a little but you could tell she didn't want to poop no more because it hurt. I want to know if it's serious or not. Should I take her to the vet?

Callum Turner
Dr. Callum Turner, DVM
1811 Recommendations
I would recommend taking Ava to your Veterinarian if she is having difficulty defecating as you don’t want her to associate defecating and pain; also the cause and the extent of the injury needs to be checked as well. Was this trauma from an object or snake bite for example? Giving her some fibre in her diet (like plain canned pumpkin) can make defecation easier for her but still visit your Veterinarian for a check. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

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