A constipated dog is never a good thing. It not only makes your pet uncomfortable but also the straining to defecate might cause canine hemorrhoids.
These home remedies may work for your dog, but please use only 1 of the methods listed here. The combination of any 2 or more remedies may cause severe diarrhea, resulting in dehydration.
1. Switch to Canned Food
Pets who are accustomed to eating only dry food should be fed canned food for 2 days. The moisture content will usually help the dog have an easier bowel movement within 12 hours.
2. Canned Pumpkin
Some veterinarians recommend feeding a constipated dog canned pumpkin. Most dogs love the taste and will usually eat it readily.
The water content and high fiber will help the puppy poop. But please don’t use pumpkin pie filling, as it contains sugars and spices — only canned pure pumpkin will do the job.
Milk, which everyone usually has at home, may serve as a canine laxative. A small bowl will usually relieve constipation within hours.
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Canned or jarred gravy added to the regular diet may also help your dog relieve his constipation. Don’t overdo it — a few tablespoons should do the trick.
5. Olive Oil or Mineral Oil
The addition of olive oil to your dog’s food bowl will usually allow him to eliminate the next morning. Take caution when adding any oil to the food as it could potentially cause diarrhea. Trading one digestive problem for another is never a good solution.
Instead of olive oil, you could mix a little mineral oil into the food. Do not syringe it directly into your pet’s mouth — that slippery mineral oil doesn’t feel like other fluids do in the mouth and may not trigger the swallowing reflex. The risk is that it could be accidentally inhaled into the lungs. So mix it in with food as a safe way to provide a laxative.
6. Aloe Vera Juice
Some people swear by small amounts of aloe vera juice; however, there is some debate about this in the veterinary community. To be safe, consult your veterinarian before administering aloe vera juice to your dog.
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7. Ginger and Chicken Broth
Mixing ¼ teaspoon ginger with ½ cup of chicken (or beef) broth and offering it to your pup is another home cure.
Ginger is known to not only aid in digestive health but also to assist in a more effective bowel movement. The fats in the broth also help move things along.
8. Green Beans
If your dog won’t eat these vegetables from the bowl, try using green beans as a treat.
9. Provide Lots of Water
The most common reason for canine constipation is lack of fluids.
If your pet is experiencing constipation for longer than 24 hours or it is accompanied by vomiting, please get to the veterinarian right away. This is a sign of serious problems, such as a blockage in the intestines — and it is certainly no time for home remedies.
This pet health content was reviewed by a veterinarian.