Yelping When Pooping in Dogs

Why is my dog yelping when pooping?

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Constipation / Perineal Hernia / Colonic or Rectal Inflammation

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Constipation / Perineal Hernia / Colonic or Rectal Inflammation

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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

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.

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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.

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Yelping When Pooping Questions and Advice from Veterinary Professionals

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Snuggles

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5 Weeks

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Painful Defication

Hi, we have a 5 week puppy named snuggles. Her mom ran out of milk so we are giving her formula. She was doing well with just the formula but once I started adding the wet puppy pedigree to the milk to start the weaning process I noticed that she started crying when she poops and I found a tiny speck of blood in her stool. She does not have diarea but some spots of her stool are slightly mucousy and that's where I found the speck of blood. So I put the back on just formula and that seemed to solve her problem ,she stopped crying while pooping and no more specks of blood. 3 days later I tried to introduce the soft puppy pedigree again and I am facing the same issues. Is she allergic to pedigree or is there a bigger issue?

Sept. 12, 2018

Snuggles' Owner

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Balto

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Husker

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2 Months

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Crying When He Poops

I just got a 2 month old husky and he ate some bone by accident. He screams when he poops now and it kill me hearing him in pain. I give him regular small dog food and was doing fine.. The vet gave him some pills for digestion and a tomlyn packet. I hope this works ... Any advice on this medication.. I need advice if it doesnt work.. Any advice on what it can be?

Sept. 7, 2018

Balto's Owner

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Coco

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Chihuahua

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4 Years

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Having Distress While Pooping,

My 4 year old chihuahua starting having a hard time pooping and cried. We took her to the vet and they did a rectal. Did her glands and checked her belly. They said her glands were only moderately full. They said they didn’t want to do anything for her now but keep an eye on her. 2 days later she kept trying to poop and couldn’t get it out. We took her back to the vet and they again did a rectal and got out some hard, dry poop, did x rays, and her colon did have poop in it. They changed her food to a low residue Took her home and 2 hours later she pooped but it took her about 3 squatting to finally get some out. Yesterday she seemed great and took a very long walk 3 times with me but did not poop. This morning again she was trying to go and did but seems to be distressed about it. Today she doesn’t seem like her happy self again. Any ideas to what’s going on. She doesn’t like pumpkin.

Aug. 3, 2018

Coco's Owner


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There are a few different causes for painful defecation which may be related directly with the gastrointestinal tract or the pain may be due to other factors including increased intraabdominal pressure, hip disorders etc… If it seems that Coco is straining to defecate you should speak with your Veterinarian about adding a stool softener so help with defecation, but if there are issues including foreign objects, this may make defecation more painful. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

Aug. 4, 2018

Hi Dr. Callum, Coco’s vet started her on a tiny bit of Miralax. Today she went just fine. You were right she needed a little bit of stool softener. Thank you so much for getting back to me. Kathie

Aug. 4, 2018

Coco's Owner

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Lucy

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Chihuahua

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6 Years

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Sometimes Goes Under The Bed

My 6 year old chihuahua has began tucking her tail & today she whimpered when she had a BM. She eats & walks around fine, but I noticed today, she licks her back hip when she’s laying in my lap. She’s had no injuries that I know of & her birth brother is fine, so it’s nothing she’s eaten. What’s your thoughts?

July 22, 2018

Lucy's Owner

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There are a few possible causes for pain or discomfort in that area which may include anal gland disorders, anal gland tumour, foreign object, trauma, hip disorders, spinal disorders among many other conditions; without examining Lucy I cannot say for certain what the specific cause of the symptoms are but you should visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

July 23, 2018

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Ponyo

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Westiepoo

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3 Years

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Yelping With Pooping

My dog has been yelping when he poops it’s been going on for a while. I give him wet food mixed with his dry food and I wet his dry food a little bit (it’s claiming to be easily digestible) and I am worried because he doesn’t gain much weight and I feel that this may be affecting his weight too

June 29, 2018

Ponyo's Owner

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Painful defecation may be caused by a variety of different causes which may include hard stools, anal gland disorders, tumours, perineal hernia among many other conditions. Without examining Ponyo I cannot say what the specific cause of the pain is, however since this has been going on for a while I would recommend that you visit your Veterinarian for an examination. Regards Dr Callum Turner DVM

June 30, 2018

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Shadow

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Pomapoo

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4 Months

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Cries Screams When Pooping

My pomapoo puppy just 4 months old just began having trouble pooping also. He strains and screams/cries and then when he finally goes, it’s not hard at all. I have taken him to his vet twice now, using miralax, pumpkin even though he doesn’t seem to be constipated. They did rectal exam and x-rays but found nothing. He didn’t have this problem when we first got him. I don’t know what else to do. The vet said all she could suggest is if it continues to let them keep him a couple days to watch him and see and/or try an an MRI. Would an ultrasound show any of these possibilities you have spoke about above? He doesn’t cry every time he poops either it seems to be once a day then next time in the same day he doesn’t.

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Murphy

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Golden Retriever mix

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2 Years

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Diarrhea
Soft Stool
Difficulty Passing Stool
Yelping While Trying To Defecate
Fluctuating Appetie

I adopted Murphy about 6 days ago. In that process we have switched his foods. The first few days his poop was solid. The last 2 or so he has had increasingly softer stool. Yesterday was the first time he yelped while trying to defecate. Last night he had an accident near the door that was a lot more volume of diarrhea than he has passed in 24 hours. I did find a tiny piece of a rope he ate off on of his toys. The entirety of the piece missing of the toy was found in his stool. He did break open a bag of sunchips a few days ago but he didn’t eat much because I caught him in the act. I’ve been keeping an eye and he is acting normal to my knowing (a week). He doesn’t seem to be in any discomfort until he tries to defecate. Is this something I should go in to get X-rays done or is it a thing I need to keep watching?

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Maggie Mae

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Pug and Huskie mix

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Yelping While Pooping

My new puppy just ran around the apartment yelping with a piece of poop stuck to her bottom bc she has been apparently eating my hair if it’s on the ground (not to mention she likes to eat my hair while I hold her or she lays on me). She was yelping and and crying and once I finally was able to grab her, allowed me to pull it out, which, however, caused an even louder cry and yelp. I then checked her bottom and saw that there were still more of my hairs stuck and proceeded to pull them out of her bottom, which caused a loud crying yelp. I’m fearful that this is going to happen again and certainly don’t want her to have painful BMs. I vacuum and sweep as much as possible but unfortunately have a lot of hair and like I said, if I hold her and my hair is down, she likes to grab clumps of it and tug on it. Any suggestions for the future so she doesn’t hurt and I don’t feel absolutely horrible for her pain?

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Rocky

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Anus Red And Swollen

My dog Rocky yelled, i looked and he had a hard glob of poop on his anus, not stuck to hair. I got it off gently, but now he cries when he tries to poop. I thought of using watm compresses. What else can i do. Never had a dog do this.

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Rubii

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Chihuahua

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4 Years

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Shaking, Anxious

So I got Rubii when I believe she was a year or 2. It’s been about 2 years since I had her & about a year ago one night she was going crazy while I was sleeping. Jumping on the bed, I’ll push her off & we repeated this a couple of times until I realized she was shaking & something was wrong. I stood up all night with her. I came to the conclusion that whenever she uses the bathroom (bowel movement) she shakes & wants to be comforted. I tried changing food, not giving her ANY bits of human food, keeping things off the floor. Idk what it could be. It has gotten better but now it’s back again. She doesn’t have a problem actually using the bathroom; it’s after the matter.

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