How to Ease your Dogs Constipation
Constipation in dogs can be caused by various reasons. I am currently caring for a dog that is having some difficult passing her stool and when she does it’s very hard, so I went online to find some natural solutions and I thought I’d share them on this post.
It’s important to first find out why your dog is constipated. In my case, I feel it’s because she’s in a new environment and surrounding so I feel that it may be stress related.
Other reasons can include not enough exercise, not drinking enough water, fiber in the diet. It could also be due to something more serious such as ingesting something that has caused a blockage or problems with their anal sacs and/or prostate gland. As always if your dog seems to be uncomfortable or in pain you should take them to the vet to get looked at.
Below are some remedies that I found that have been known to work.
- First, make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times.
- Make sure your dog is getting exercise. Make sure your dog is getting regular physical activity throughout the day. This can help remedy the constipation.
- Feeding your dog canned pumpkin may help as well. Remember to buy organic canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie mix. Both are different so you want to make sure you are giving them the correct one. You can give them a tablespoon with every meal. Ginger loves it!
- If your dog is on a dry food diet perhaps adding some canned dog food may help. Start small and they should be given canned food for about two days. Because there is more moisture in the food that may provide some relief. You can also try adding water, doggy gravy and/or broth to their dry food and let it sit for a short while the kibble softens.
- Green beans can also be added to their diet. You should buy fresh, organic ones and you can either steam them or give it to your dog raw. You can chop them up and add it to their food, although some dogs may accept them as a treat. According to the AKC website, “Green beans are full of important vitamins and minerals, such as protein, iron, calcium, and vitamins B6, A, C, and K. Green beans are also full of fiber and are low in calories, which can help dogs and humans feel full when they are dieting.”
There are stool softeners sold over the counter as well but again it’s wise to contact your vet and see what they suggest.
There were some other remedies I found such as giving your dog a small bowl of milk, but I’m not sure about this. Some dogs have problems with the lactose and may suffer from GI distress so it may be counterproductive.
I also came across giving your dog olive/mineral oil. Again not sure if I’d try that but if you have and have had any luck, please comment below I’d be very interested to hear about it.