Effective Natural Remedies For Constipation In Dogs
Just about everyone has been constipated at some time or another, and most dogs will suffer from symptoms sooner or later, as well. There are many causes of constipation in dogs, so before you try a home remedy be sure your vet has diagnosed the cause. Treating a constipated dog yourself, without a diagnosis, can put your pet’s health at risk since some of the causes of constipation can compound and cause worse health problems without proper veterinary treatment..
Constipated Dog Symptoms and Causes It is usually very easy to spot a constipated dog. If you notice that your dog seems to be passing small amounts of hard, dry stool very infrequently, or if he or she strains to defecate, then constipation is a likely culprit. Much common dog constipation is caused by inadequate fiber, low water intake, and lack of adequate exercise. Sometimes constipation is caused by objects that have been swallowed, and then lodged inside your dog’s digestive tract. Other constipation is caused by underlying health conditions. If your attempts at correcting the constipation with home remedies do not seem to be making an impact, get your dog to the vet.
Simple Treatments For Constipation In Dogs There are many ways you can help alleviate symptoms of a constipated dog. If you notice that your dog passes very hard, dry stools, then adding liquid and bulk to his diet can help form soft, bulky stools that are easy to pass. Here are a few ways to accomplish this.
Add Fiber With Canned Pumpkin – Canned pumpkin is full of fiber and liquid, and it is palatable as well. If your dog is finicky, mix broth with the pumpkin, and add the mixture to his food. Make a big deal about it! The more excited your dog is to get his treat, the easier it will be to get him to eat it. Once he tries the pumpkin, he will probably like it quite a bit. One of the best ways to measure out pumpkin and keep it on hand, is to scoop about ¼ cup portions onto a wax-paper lined cookie sheet. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer and allow the portions to harden, then place them in a freezer bag and defrost them in the microwave when you are ready to use them.
Increase Liquids – If your dog is not drinking enough water, then get him to drink other liquids. Low sodium broth is a good choice – warm it up, pour it over your dog’s food, and watch him lap it up. Keep fresh water available at all times, and be sure you give your dog plenty of opportunities to relieve himself.
Increase Exercise – Many dogs do not get enough exercise. If your dog doesn’t get a walk at least twice a day, his risk for constipation in a dog increases. Once your dog becomes accustomed to the increase in exercise, get him onto a more rigorous plan – play fetch, or let him play with other dogs at a dog park if there is one in your area. You may even get some health benefits, yourself! If you are too busy to walk your dog regularly, hire a dog walker to do it for you. A sedentary lifestyle is bad for everyone, including your dog.
by Juan Ledo