What to Give a Constipated Dog

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Ensure That Your Dog is Getting Enough Water and Exercise

Your pet dog needs plenty of water and exercise to keep the digestive system working properly and so it can pass stool easily. If your dog has a "slow transit time" then you should pay extra attention to it. This condition requires a different approach to treating constipation, including additional exercise, feeding a different diet, and changing when the dog is fed. Some dogs will need to be treated with special medications.

Assess and Adjust Fiber Intake

If your dog is constipated, the most important thing you have to do is assess your dog’s fiber intake and manage it. There are a few different types of fiber that you need to consider:

Indigestible Fiber : This is fiber that either goes right through the dog or is digested by the good bacteria in the intestines. This will not soften stools. The most common examples of indigestible fiber are cellulose and hemicellulose.

This is fiber that either goes right through the dog or is digested by the good bacteria in the intestines. This will not soften stools. The most common examples of indigestible fiber are cellulose and hemicellulose. Sugar Fiber : This is fiber that is highly digestible, so the dog converts it to energy. Basically it’s a sugar and will give your dog the same health benefits as a bowl of ice cream. The most common examples of sugar fiber are oat bran and flaxseed.

Add a Little Oil to His Diet

Oils are miraculous! They can help us with everything from eye health to abdominal health to immunity. In addition to the obvious oil sources, like fish and flaxseed, some of these oils can be applied directly to animals’ ears to help restore infections and inflammation.

So it’s great to know that adding some oil to your dog’s diet could help with the big doggie doo in the doggie diaper. It’s not uncommon for dogs to have a variety of digestive issues, like constipation, and olive oil has been shown to have many medicinal purposes.

Here’s a before-and-after photo showing the effect of giving your dog a tablespoon of olive oil a day for six weeks.

A great option if your dog is suffering from constipation is to leave half a tablespoon of olive oil in his water dish for a couple of days. Other oils, such as turmeric or linseed, can also be applied directly to the stomach area as a preventative measure.

Try a Digestive Supplement, Laxative, or Stool Softener

The fast paced life in the city and eating junk and processed food, along with the high incidence of dog obesity has made many a dog constipated. Digestive upset has become a common affliction among dogs, from the nervous Chihuahua to the calm Pit Bull.

If you suspect your Chia is constipated, try some of the following remedies before rushing to the vet. First off, high fiber pet food helps in maintaining regularity. If you suspect your pet has a blockage, move him or her to a location where you can relax and concentrate on the problem. If your dog shows any signs of pain or discomfort, call a veterinarian immediately.

One of the quick solutions for a dog with constipation is a trip to the vet for a digestive supplement but it also works if you have a constipated dog at home. Your vet will prescribe you a supplement, but you can purchase over the counter stool softeners and laxatives.

Another non-invasive option is to purchase an enema to help wash out the system. Which works better, a natural supplement or enema? It’s a personal choice. Ask your vet if you need help deciding.

Consider a Change in Diet

In order to help our pets relieve themselves easily, we often times feed them different types of food. This is because the composition of one type of food is different than others.

If your furry friend is having a hard time going, you might want to switch his brand of food. Another reason to do this is if your dog is suffering from indigestion, eating a simple switch of foods can greatly reduce the problem. Constipation can occur when you’ve just switched your dog’s brand of food and his body is used to the new food.

If your dog has always had a hard time going, you might want to try a dog food that’s higher in fiber. Also, add fiber to his diet with fruits, salads, and vegetables.

Fiber adds bulk to the dog’s stool and helps make it softer and easier to pass through the large intestine. It also absorbs water to add more moisture.

Try these three simple suggestions to help your dog go. You may find that he starts using the bathroom much more quickly. In the rare case that your dog experiences chronic constipation and isn’t making any improvements, you may also want to consider adding a fiber supplement to his diet.