Canine Constipation – Causes and Treatment

Canine Constipation – Causes and Treatment

6 October 2016

Constipation is not a human problem. Your pooch also can affect with this problem. Dogs of all breeds, ages and lifestyle can affect. Constipation in dogs is not a laughing matter, it should be never ignored. If you left untreated, it can lead to more serious health problems in the future like lack of appetite, lethargy and vomiting.

Main Causes of Dog Constipation

  • Insufficient exercise
  • Kidney disease
  • Hernias
  • Side effect from medication
  • Tumors around the anus
  • Enlarge Prostate
  • Blocked anal sacks
  • Ingested grass and debris
  • Ingested hair from excessive grooming
  • Dehydration
  • Dietary fiber balance
  • Other medical issue

Dog Constipation Remedies

  1. Canned pumpkin and canned food
    Feeding your dog a pumpkin with his food is an effective way to cure constipation. It is a great source of fiber and high in water content. High fiber and high water content will help your puppy poop. You can use fresh pumpkin or a canned pumpkin.
  2. Milk
    Everyone usually has milk at home. You may be usually do not give your dog milk. But a small bowl of milk will help get things going often within hours.
  3. Olive or vegetable oil
    Just like milk, olive oil or vegetable oil is a remedy that you do not want to give too often. Because it can cause diarrhea. But in the case of constipation, you can add one or two tablespoons of olive or vegetable oil to your furry friend’s food.
  4. Ginger and chicken broth
    Mix these ingredients and give it to your pooch. It is another home remedy that will help to prevent constipation. Just take ¼ tablespoon of ginger and ½ tablespoon of chicken broth. Mix them well and serve to your dog.
  5. Provide lots of water
    Lack of fluids is the most common reason of constipation in pets. Make sure your dog has plenty of clean and fresh water to drink. It is one of the most effective home remedies to prevent constipation.
  6. Regular exercise
    Exercise on a regular basis can help your canine to push stool through the colon. It will also help to massage internal organs and improve blood flow in the colon.
  7. Visit your vet
    If the given above tips do not work and the problem is still same, it is better to visit your veterinary and get his or her advice. Your vet is able to diagnose the problem and provide the right treatment to your canine.

If your lovely furry friend experiencing constipation for more than twenty four hours, make a call to the Millcreek Veterinary Clinic in Mississauga. Regular constipation is a sign of some serious problems like blockage in the intestines.

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