Dog constipation (if your dog should ever fall victim to it) is going to be a painful and extremely uncomfortable condition. As is the case with some people, there are going to be some dogs that are going to have a tendency to become constipated. However, once the dreaded constipation has been identified, it is normally a relatively simple problem to treat. There are both natural remedies and medications for dog constipation.
How Will You Know If Your Pet Is Experiencing Constipation?
If your dog has become constipated, you will no doubt notice that she or he is having great difficulty passing feces. The feces are very dry and small. You may also take note of some blood in their stool (feces) or even a little bleeding coming from the rectum.
Dog Constipation And Treatments
A case of “mild constipation” can be treated at home. More fiber in your dog’s food is the usual way to treat it. This would be the same type of treatment that people would use.
Canned pumpkin can be a very effective treatment for dog constipation. If you decide to use this method just make sure that you use the un-sweetened kind. Most dogs come to enjoy the taste if you serve it right along with their regular food. It does not take much. 1 tablespoon two times a day is plenty for small dogs (under 25 pounds), dog’s weighing 25-50 pounds will get about 2 tablespoons and 3 tablespoons and for the big dogs (over 50 pounds) approximately 3 tablespoons.
If you have one of those dogs that is prone to constipation, it would probably be a good idea to add a little fiber to their diet all of the time. Not just when the constipation appears. So canned pumpkin or a little grated vegetables can be mixed in with the “main meal” of the day.
Psyllium husks is another source of fiber which can be found in health food stores. This is another one of those things that can be used for treating constipation in people. Metamucil (R) will be the brand name in which you will find it under. Do not use flavored varieties or the stuff that is sweetened.
Should you decide to give psyllium a try, first sprinkle a little bit on your dog’s food. It can be done either once or twice a day (it’s your choice).The amount will range anywhere from a quarter of a teaspoon for a very tiny dog to 1 whole teaspoon for the big dogs. Because psyllium absorbs a lot of water that is in the stomach make darn good and sure that you dog has plenty of water that is freely available to him.
Milk has been known to cause diarrhea in many dogs and as a result some owners will give milk to constipated dogs. In a majority of cases though, this isn’t an ideal remedy or solution. There is the chance that your dog could be allergic to lactose, thus not only causing your canine to get diarrhea but perhaps in some cases other symptoms too. If you do get the urge to try milk just give it to your dog only one time, just a quarter to a half a cup. It all depends on the size of your dog.
Another product that is frequently used to” lubricate-the-digestive-system” is mineral oil. The drawback to mineral oil is that it can deplete the dog’s stores of vitamin-A, along with other essential nutrients. Using it for more than 7 days is not advised and that being said, some veterinarians do not recommend it at all.
Mineral oil has almost no taste to it so you can just mix it up with a little food and your dog should eat it. The dosage for the very small dogs is 1 teaspoon all the way up to 4 teaspoons for the big ones. This can also be done twice daily.
If it happens that your dog is not eating, or if the constipation continues in your dog despite treatment or even happens to recur after stopping the treatments, it is vitally important to consult with your vet to rule out other possible problems. There are times when constipation can be a symptom or a sign of more serious underlying problems or conditions. It could be that your pet has an intestinal obstruction or even a hernia. In some of these cases surgery could be required. Please try to avoid assuming that dog constipation is always going to be a “minor” condition.