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Relieve Your Dog's Constipation

Much like humans, dogs can experience constipation every now and again. Elderly pets may suffer more often from infrequent or difficult bowel movements. If your dog has not had a bowel movement in over two days or if they strain, crouch or cry when attempting to defecate, see your veterinarian right away.

Usually constipation for dogs can be attributed to a lack of fiber in their diet or not drinking enough water during the day, but there are other factors as well:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Blocked or abscessed anal sacs
  • Enlarged prostate gland
  • Excessive self-grooming can cause large amounts of hair to collect in the stool
  • Matted hair around the anus from lack of grooming or from obesity
  • Ingested gravel, stones, bones, dirt, plants or pieces of toys, etc. caught in the intestinal tract
  • Masses or tumors on the anus or within the rectum, causing an obstruction
  • Side effect of medication
  • Trauma to the pelvis
  • Orthopedic problem that causes pain when a dog gets in a position to defecate
  • Neurologic disorder

There are some ways to help ease your dog’s back-up and make it easier for them to do their business:

Pumpkin - Pumpkin is high in water content and a great source of fiber. You can either puree fresh pumpkin or use canned pureed pumpkin and add a little bit to their normal food.

Supplements - There are natural supplements available that will aid in curing a dog’s constipation. They usually contain additives such as acidophilus, folic acid, and vegetable enzymes.

Laxatives - Consult with your vet first, but he may suggest a mild laxative. The amount will depend on the size and weight of your dog.

Enema - Your vet will need to perform this in the case of a serious bowel blockage.

Milk of Magnesia - A small amount of Milk of Magnesia may work. Consult with your vet first.

Bran (wheat & oat) - The fiber in bran can work when added to your dog’s food regularly.

Powdered psyllium seed - Psyllium seed pulls water into the stool and help move it along.

Mineral oil - Mineral oil helps lubricate the stool.

Aloe Ferox - Aloe Ferox has a beneficial effect on digestive functioning and acts as a natural system cleanser and remedy.

Increased exercise - Increased exercise will massage internal organs and increase blood flow in the colon.

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