What Can I Give My Dog For Constipation?

A dog’s digestive system works in basically the same ways as a human does, and they can get the same problems with theirs as we can with ours.  Sometimes, they can get stopped up, a condition also known as constipation.  This can be mild, or very painful depending on what is going on. Thankfully, there are some natural remedies we can all give our dogs to help them get through it.

Dog ConstipationYou should be able to tell pretty easily if your dog becomes constipated.  They will have small, hard, or dry stool, abdominal problems, and pain, and usually have a lack of appetite, as well as the most common: a long time between poops.  If your dog has not had a bowel movement in a couple days, they are almost certainly constipated.  Constipation in dogs is usually triggered by a bad food your dog has eaten, or a lack of nutrients that a balanced diet should have.  If they eat some kind of non-food, that could, of course, also cause constipation, as can lack of water or worms.  Although if they have eaten something blocking up their digestive system, like a rock, the problem is much more serious and you need to take them to the vet.  One of the most common causes of constipation in canines is a lack of fiber in their diet.  If your dog is having trouble pooping, try giving them two teaspoons of mineral oil, which will soften their stools and literally lubricate their digestive system.  Pumpkin is also a good supplement that can help your dog with constipation as it contains a whole lot of fiber.  You should also make sure they are getting enough to drink and are not dehydrated.  If you supplement their diet their constipation should pass in a day or two.  If they have a recurring problem with constipation, you should look hard at their diet and consult a vet.