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 » Health Pain & Symptoms

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 » Pets & Animals Pets Veterinary Health

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 » Health Conditions & Diseases Gastrointestinal Issues
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Dry bowel movements, also known as constipation, can be caused by the colon absorbing too much water or by the inadequacy of dietary fiber, according to Prevention Magazine. It is a condition in which a person experience... More » Health Pain & Symptoms