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:
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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