As the person who’s constantly cleaning up after your dog, you should be the first one to notice when your pooch becomes constipated. Importantly, before you try any of the tips we outline below, you should take your dog to a vet to determine the severity of his condition.
If your dog won’t eat his food, is vomiting, or hasn’t gone to the bathroom for more than three days, see an expert immediately.
If your dog is only suffering from minor constipation, then you can try the following methods:
1. Check his Rear End
Obviously, this isn’t the most glamorous job in the world, but if you have a long-haired dog, there’s a chance that matting and knots could be covering the anus and causing problems with defecation. You can remove the knots using a pair of electric trimmers, not scissors. If you see anything unusual, contact your vet.
2. Give him More Water
Dehydration can frequently lead to constipation in dogs because the body responds to a lack of water by reabsorbing as much moisture from the feces as possible. Make sure that your dog always has access to fresh water to simplify his bathroom habits. This is particularly important for dogs that struggle with mobility issues.
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3. Introduce Plenty of Exercise
Exercise is great for promoting healthy bowel movements. If you’ve noticed that your dog is a little blocked up lately, consider taking him out for a walk on his leash and make sure he’s well-hydrated at the same time. The exercise, combined with the scents of other dogs should help to push him along and convince him to do his business.
4. Increase his Fiber Intake
Adding extra fiber to your dog’s diet can be a complicated thing since some fiber makes cases of constipation worse. The best bet is to start with a small amount of fiber, like canned pumpkin that you can mix with his meal, or psyllium that you can put into his food and monitor how your dog responds. Remember that you should never use any medicine on your dog without checking the safety of the dosage with your vet first.
5. Enemas and Laxatives
Never give your dog a laxative without checking to see whether it’s okay with your vet first. Most forms of laxative are not safe for dogs – particularly in the wrong circumstances. However, there are some cases where your vet might recommend you try a very mild laxative at home.
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Make sure that you never give enemas at home either. The only time you should do this is when your vet has shown you how to perform the procedure safely and prescribed a specific product.