What can you give a dog for constipation?

April 13, 2012

So your pet dog is suffering from irregular bowel movements? And you are at a loss for proper solution. Dogs are very much similar to human beings and they too suffer from bowel movements or a constipated stomach. But its not very common problem as their digestive track is very different from ours. But when they happen to have constipation, it’s quite painful.

During normal circumstances where there are no related problems, the dog should get well in a day or two. If there is any indication of complications. It is better to consult an vet doctor at the earliest convenience. Some simple home remedies, which may relieve your dog from a bowel disorder and a constipated stomach, are suggested below.

Five easy ways to eliminate constipation

  • Pumpkin: Your pet dog may relish the pumpkin, if you cannot get the fruit, you may try canned pumpkin and add them to its regular meal.
  • Diluted Milk: 90% dogs do not tolerate lactose, but if the constipated condition is severe, then try giving 2 to 3 spoonfuls of milk two to three times a day for some relief. You may also place large quantities of water near the balcony or porch area, where your dog is likely to drink it.
  • High Fiber Foods and Bran: Giving a diet, which is rich in fiber, may help to relieve constipation. In the home cooked food, you may include lots of leafy veggies, even apple (no seeds) and carrots also may help restore digestive track. Oat bran can also aid in the digestion process.
  • Walking: You may increase its walking schedules, so that the waste materials in its body gets loosened and allow it to have regular motions. Because the longer the waste particles remain in the body, the harder and dryer the excrements get.
  • Avoid Bony Delights: While your dog is constipated, avoid giving bone biscuits or raw bones to your dog as this may aggravate the condition.

The dog may also have constant farting problem during a constipated period. The most common reason for constipation in dogs is an improper diet. Excessive bone intake that may produce blockage in the stomach and digestive tract or lack of fiber in its diet are generally the primary reasons triggering constipation in your pet dog. Other reasons may be worm infection, lethargic state or a bladder ailment.

As in human beings, a constipation can build up harmful toxins in your dog’s body. Creating major health related problems. You should consult a veterinarian if your dog is suffering from severe constipation and shows the symptoms such as

  • Unsuccessful bowel movements
  • Stomach pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Bloated feeling
  • Hard and dry stools

Always be alert to your dog’s current condition. If you suspect that your dog is constipated, be sure to try some of the above-mentioned home remedies, herbal remedies, and dietary supplements along with consulting your local veterinarian.

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