Though uncommon, dogs suffer from constipation sometimes. Most cases can be treated at home. However, if your instinct is telling you it’s something more serious, be sure call your vet. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

Home Remedies for Canine Constipation

  • Canned pumpkin. Most dogs like pumpkin. Add one tablespoon to his meal or give it straight.
  • Milk. Most canines are lactose intolerant, so it’s not recommended to give them milk on normal days. However, it can be used to treat constipation. Give your dog two to three ounces twice a day until you see improvement.
  • Oat bran. Sprinkle some onto your dog’s wet diet. Otherwise, add warm broth to his kibble to help make the bran easier to digest. Start with one teaspoon and gradually move up to two tablespoons or until his condition improves.
  • Metamucil. This product contains psyllium seed husks that help bowel movement. Give your pet half a teaspoon twice a day or mix it in his meals. Also make sure he drinks lots of water so the psyllium doesn’t set in his stomach.
  • Natural Moves. This is safe for dogs as it contains all natural ingredients.

photoNote that the above dosages are for smaller canines. Always consult your vet for the appropriate dosage for your dog.

Preventing Canine Constipation

  • Provide your dog with high fiber food regularly. If you’re feeding him kibble, look for brands that contain at least five percent fiber. For a pet on home cooked meals, vegetables should make up a third of his food intake. If he enjoys eating apples, pears, carrots, celery, or broccoli, don’t hold these back from him. Supplements should have at least 10 percent fiber.
  • Water keeps your dog’s digestive system healthy. A kibble diet will leave your pet thirstier than canned food and home cooked meals. Your dog should always have easy access to fresh water. Discard what’s left over at the end of the day to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
  • Increase the frequency and length of walks to keep your dog from holding it in for too long. Exercise helps move things in the right direction.
  • Avoid bone treats, be it biscuit bone or raw bone, as these can cause blockage inside. Chewable treats are fine.

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