How To Treat A Constipated Dog: 4 Things You Can Give Them
Just like humans, dogs often become bloated, uncomfortable, and sluggish when constipated. Severe cases can be painful and, if left untreated, may even lead to long-term digestive problems.
Luckily, with a little know-how, pet owners can effectively resolve mild cases of dog constipation themselves. To help you get your dog regular once again, we’ve broken down some of the best ways to treat constipation in dogs.
1. Ensure That Your Dog is Getting Enough Water and Exercise
Not only is physical activity and hydration essential for your dog’s overall well-being, but these aspects also play a vital role in maintaining digestive health. Dehydration can lead to stools becoming dry and hard, making them difficult to pass. Giving your dog access to clean, cold and fresh water at all times is a good place to start. Wet dog foods also have a higher moisture content and if your pup refuses to up his water consumption, switching to a quality canned dog food for a while might be a good idea.
Alternatively, you could try adding a little water or low sodium broth to his kibble. Regular exercise is equally important. Getting your dog up and going can help stimulate intestinal contractions to get things moving along — and we’re willing to bet that an extra walk or game of fetch won’t go unappreciated, either!
2. Adjust Fibre Intake
Lack of fibre is a common constipation culprit, and many dog owners find that a little extra roughage solves the problem. However, lots of fibre coupled with insufficient hydration can also cause constipation. If your pooch is already getting plenty of fibre, make sure that he’s getting enough water to soften accumulated fibrous bulk. On the other hand, if your dog is producing hard, compact stools, it could be a sign that he needs more.
Speak to your veterinarian about how best to improve fibre intake in your dog’s diet.
3. Add a Little Oil to His Diet
Sometimes dogs can become so backed up that extra water and fibre may not do the trick entirely. If, after a period of around 3 days, your dog shows little or no improvement from increased water and fibre intake, consider adding some oil to his food.
Healthy oils can help lubricate your dog’s digestive tract, allowing for easier passage. TRM’s CANIGLO feeding oil is a good option for mild cases of constipation, and can even add a little shine to his coat.
Oils should always be mixed with your dog’s food and can be added to up to two meals a day.
4. Consider a Change in Diet
Diet impacts just about every aspect of your dog’s health, and dog foods that are crammed with non- health, and dog foods that are crammed with non-nutritive fillers and additives are a recipe for digestive disaster. Switching to a well balanced natural dog food can help, especially if your pooch experiences recurring bouts of constipation that aren’t related to other conditions.
Although no one knows your dog like you do, digestive issues aren’t always clear cut. If you’re uncertain of the cause of your dog’s constipation or if your pup displays symptoms of severe discomfort, taking him to the vet is the best way to give him the care he needs.
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