Day 3: Home Remedies For Dog Constipation

Welcome back to day 3 of our 4 day program. Today we are going to talk briefly about dog constipation.

Easy Remedies To Try First

Pointer #1
Canned pumpkin and
olive oil are simple
but very effective

Canned Pumpkin (not pumpkin mix)- dogs love the taste

Olive oil - a small amount on the food really helps.

Defining what Constipation is

Constipation could be defined as a decrease in the number of bowel movements and even an increase in the difficulty of passing feces. Pets, like people who are constipated, often feel bloated and uncomfortable, and sometimes even painful.

Almost all pets can experience constipation, but it seems like dogs that are older or on certain medications are more prone to this problem.

Symptoms of constipation

Abdominal bloating

Cramping and/or pain in the abdomen

Hard and firm feces that are a struggle to pass and sometimes painful

No movement of the bowels

Loss of appetite

Other Symptoms

Passing gas, but an inability to pass a feces

Bad breath

Coated tongue

Nausea and a decrease in appetite

What Causes Constipation?

Constipation can be caused by a wide number of factors, some of which are:

A diet low in fiber

Low consumption of water

Pointer #2
Dehydration is the
most common cause
of constipation

A lethargic lifestyle

Stress

Environmental changes

Hip injuries

Antibiotics and other drugs given to your dog for other ailments

Certain parasitic diseases

A blocked GI tract caused by bones or other large objects

Certain medical conditions

How to Diagnose Constipation

Normally the first sign pet owner's notice is that their dog strains to defecate, but no feces come out. Other things people tend to notice is a change in the firmness or color of the stool.

If you notice your dog straining to defecate you should have your dog examined by a veterinarian early because this condition is easier to treat then.

Some dogs and cats that are not treated right away for constipation can develop megacolon, a colon that is not able to function as it normally does.

Most vets will prescribe a mild laxative that normally solves most cases of constipation. In more severe cases an enema will be performed, as well as radiographs.

Don't give human enemas to pets without talking to your veterinarian first, because these are often too high in phosphorus.

Natural remedies

Many people turn to herbs and other natural remedies to help cure pets of constipation. Many people feel that herbs do not have some of the harmful side effects that traditional medicines do.

Some traditional herbs used for constipation include:

Psyllium nigrum husk and Avena sativa (Oats): These are high in fiber which is great for restoring bowel movements.

Aloe Ferox: This one is popular because not only does it clean the digestive tract, it helps to restore it to health.

Natrium Muriaticum: This one is great for hydrating the body. Dehydration is a common cause of constipation and Natrium Muriaticum helps to prevent this.

Tip to Help Prevent Constipation

>Add foods that are high in fiber to your dog's diet. Things like whole grains, brans, and vegetables can help.

>Get your dog to drink more water everyday by keeping the water in their bowl clean and fresh.

Pointer #3
Lots of fresh water
and a balanced diet
is the best prevention

>Give your dog lots of exercise and walks around the block. Just the physical movement of the body can cure constipation.

>Dogs are more prone to defecate if you take them for a walk after their meals.

>Cut down on giving your dog unhealthy table scraps.

>Do not feed your dog a high protein diet unless directed by your vet.

Canned pumpkin(not pumpkin mix) can help cure constipation. Just give your dog a few spoonfuls with their meals.

That's all for today, tomorrow is the last day of course and we will talk about dealing with dog allergies.

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