Do You Have a Constipated Dog?

There are Many Ways You Can Help a Constipated Dog

Constipated Dogs Can be Made “Regular”

There is nothing worse than going on poop patrol with your dog and discovering that nothing wants to come out the other end! When we walk around with our dog and wait and wait and encourage  them to go, and they try desperately but can’t seem to get it to move…we start getting stressed. It’s as simple as that. Now that we all are  stressed, our dog picks up that energy from us and there is no way they will ever be able to go! We have a constipated dog!

The viscious cycle of constipation in dogs is not good for them and it is not good for us. Everyone gets stressed over it and stress is just as bad as a dog with constipation. Just like stress shrivels up our vitality with life so does dog constipation shrivel up their stools and make life more difficult to pass those little rockets and run around enjoying life.

To recognize a dog that is constipated, you will see them straining to go and the end result will be hardened and dried up little balls. The dog may only defecate once every three days and that is not a good thing. A healthy dog will defecate once or twice every day, depending on their doggie diet and lifestyle. There are many reasons…

why they can become a constipated dog. The following are a few:

  • older dogs are more prone to dog constipation from lack of fluids and/or diet
  • lack of exercise
  • unfamiliar surroundings can cause a dog to not want to go
  • ingesting lots of hair
  • obesity
  • excess fibre or too little fibre (need that happy balance!)
  • being immobile and putting off defecating leads to constipation in dogs
  • ingesting too much grass

There are a number of medical reasons that can cause constipation in dogs. Any dog suffering from constipation over a prolonged period needs to be checked by your vet to rule out these possibilities. The following could be the cause of dog constipation:

  • a predisposing illness of some kind like an obstructed bladder or colitis
  • hypothyroidism
  • renal disease
  • diseases of the rectum or anus
  • spinal cord disease
  • trauma
  • drugs like iron supplements, diuretics or antihistamines

To help your constipated dog, resort to using effective and natural methods rather than the bought stimulant laxatives that force intestinal peristalsis. These laxatives can cause serious damage to your dog’s body.Download the Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs

 One type of remedy which is readily available is mineral oil. This should not be used because it interferes with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and can cause a deficiency.

In my e-book, “The Ultimate Rehabilitation & Physiotherapy Guide for Dogs” I offer numerous ways to help with so many common everyday conditions that we face with our companions. Dog health is not just about diet and exercise but about lifestyle and rehabilitation from injury or surgery. It is a journey we want to try and not make regrettable mistakes on.

For dog constipation we can increase fruits and vegetables in their diets. Offer plenty of fresh water throughout the day. Add flax seed and bran to their food, to make their stools softer and easier to pass. Give slippery elm periodically to help promote regularity. Feed pumpkin in their food to help soften and bring regularity.The Bach Flower Remedy Crabapple is good for constipation in dogs.

Take your constipated dog for a number of short walks everyday. Feed them on a regular schedule to promote regularity with their internal bodyclocks. Above all, don’t get stressed! If you get stressed at a time like this, no matter how hard they try and squeeze it just won’t come out!

Do you have a constipated dog? How do you deal with it? Share your comments below!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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