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One symptom of constipation is infrequent bowel movements where a person strains to eliminate stool, according to WebMD. The person might also have the feeling that he hasn't evacuated his bowels completely. More »

Constipated dogs have a hard time defecating and show signs of physical distress. They experience lack of appetite, lethargy and vomiting when constipation persists, reports PetMD. Their stools are unusually small, and t... More »

Chronic constipation is the lasting, infrequent or difficult passage of bowels, states Mayo Clinic. A person who has fewer than three bowel movements in a week has chronic constipation. The condition may cause straining ... More »

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