Looking for a home remedy for dog constipation?
You may be if your dog isn't having one or two well formed bowel movements a day.
Most dogs experience constipation at some point in their lives.
In many cases, it will last for only a day or two.
However, when their feces become impacted, they can become listless, lose their appetite, or vomit. This may be true for puppies as well.
Determining what caused the constipation can help guide us in finding a home remedy.
CAUSES AND CURES
Eating indigestible objects
When a dog swallows bones, grass, paper or other indigestible substances, it can cause temporary constipation.
They may pass small amounts of blood-tinged or watery brown fecal matter that resembles diarrhea, but what they have swallowed is backing up their stool.
When this happens, sometimes just a little bit of time will take care of the problem. If it doesn't, a laxative, enema, or magnesium treatment may be necessary to get things moving.
Diet low in fiber
Your dog is what it eats, and a diet low in fiber can lead to chronic constipation.
Constipation can cause pain in the abdomen and even lameness in the hind quarters.
For a chronic problem due to a lack of fiber in the diet the home remedy for dog constipation is simple.
Increase the amount of fiber in your dog consumes. Examples are including bran, bran biscuits, or grated vegetables in your dog’s diet.
Matted hair around the rectum
It is actually possible for long-haired dogs to have trouble defecating because their rectum is blocked by matted hair.
If this is the case, the solution is simple. Cut away the matted hair.
To keep the problem from re-occurring, you will need to keep the hair trimmed around their rectum.
A colon problem or perineal hernia
Here the home remedy for dog constipation might be quite simple.
Just adding a little of this to your dog's drinking water each day could make it a breeze for them to pass their stool.
Hernia problems created by straining during defecation might just disappear with this simple solution. When stools are softer and easier to pass, some colon problems may disappear on their own as well.
THE PROSTATE AND CONSTIPATION
Older male dogs
For male dogs over 7 years of age, constipation can be caused by a prostate related problem. However, this only applies to unneutered dogs.
The problem may be an enlarged prostate.
Or, if your pet has a bacterial infection, cyst, or tumor in the prostate, the prostate may become inflamed.
When the prostate becomes enlarged it can and press against the nearby rectum, which can make defecation uncomfortable and difficult.
This, in turn, forces your dog to strain in order to eliminate, which can cause a hernia.
A prostate disorder may require some help from your vet. In the mean time, try to make your dog's defecation as painless as possible.
First, a home remedy for dog constipation is to feed him a special easy to digest diet of 3 parts cooked rice, 1 part low fat cottage cheese, and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Second, giving your dog a supplement high in magnesium can introduce more water in to the stool, soften the stool, and make defecation a breeze.
A long-term solution
Giving your male dog estrogen treatments can shrink an enlarged prostate until such time as you can have your dog neutered.
Once he is neutered the prostate should shrink by itself.
Of course, having your dog neutered early on can help him avoid prostate problems altogether.
CONSTIPATION IN OLDER DOGS
As a dog grows older, it can have increased health problems, including more of a problem with constipation. Here are a few things that could help.
Certain brands of dog food are naturally higher, so read the label. Add bran to your dog’s food, feed him bran biscuits or grated vegetables.
Add a tablespoon of coconut oil as a lubricant (better for your dog than mineral oil).
Older dogs may not drink enough water. If your pet is just mildly dehydrated, water is drawn into the bloodstream from the colon, and this process dries and hardens the feces.
This home remedy for dog constipation is simple. Soak dry food in an equal volume of water and leave it for 20 minutes for the water to be fully absorbed.
This will increase your pet's fluid consumption.
Another idea: give your dog a daily bowl of milk, with a magnesium supplement added in.
If your dog loves milk, in no time he could be having soft, regular bowel movements.
More opportunities to defecate
It is a good idea as well to let your dog outside more often, so it has more chances to go.
Your vet may give your dog an enema, but don't try to do that on your own.
Common phosphate (Fleet) enemas may be toxic for a small dog’s kidneys.
Here's to more happy dogs!