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Home Remedies for Dog Constipation


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Jan 19, 2024
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Does your dog seem uncomfortable or less active than usual? Are they experiencing difficulty in dispelling waste? They might be dealing with constipation, a common yet troubling issue. Save these eight home remedies for dog constipation for the next time your dog needs them and get them back on track to a healthy, happy lifestyle.

1. Hydration

Just like in humans, water is essential for digestion. If your dog is constipated, make sure they have a constant supply of fresh filtered water in a clean bowl. Dehydration can exacerbate constipation, so encouraging your dog to drink more can be a simple yet effective remedy.

2. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a fantastic source of fiber and has a high water content, both of which can help soften your dog’s stool. You can add canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix) to their regular food. Remember to introduce this gradually to avoid upsetting your dog’s stomach. Start with a small amount added to their food and judge their reaction. With no change, increase the amount of pumpkin given until a normal stool is passed.

3. Exercise

A dog with low daily physical activity can be prone to digestive issues. Regular physical activity can help stimulate the bowels. Try to increase the time spent on walks or add some extra playtime to your daily routine. Get you dog on a leash and get moving! A long walk is good for you and your dog and bonding between you two is an added bonus.

4. Ginger

Ginger has many benefits for the digestive tract. It can help with acid reflux, upset stomach and can also help ease constipation in dogs. You can brew a weak ginger tea and add it to your dog’s food. If your dog is on medication, you should consult with your vet, as ginger could contraindicate with some medications.

5. High-Fiber Foods

Adding more high-fiber foods to your dog’s diet can aid in digestion, get things moving, and prevent constipation. Along with pumpkin, green beans, sweet potatoes, and cooked oatmeal are all fiber-rich foods that can be mixed into your dog’s regular meals. Again, when introducing new foods, start slowly and one at a time to judge individual reactions to new foods.

6. Probiotics for Pets

Probiotics are key for healthy digestion. Vitality Science’s Pet Flora soil-based probiotics help regulate the digestive tract for constipation, diarrhea, and/or vomiting. The addition of prebiotic fiber, humic and fulvic acid make this supplement a powerhouse for the prevention of illness, GI health, immune support, and an increase in beneficial bacteria.

7. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera juice is a natural laxative that can help relieve your dog’s constipation by further hydrating your pet. It can be mixed directly into their food or water. Vitality Science’s Easy Go New is an all-natural supplement that has not only aloe vera inner leaf powder, but kiwi fruit extract, prebiotic fiber, magnesium citrate, and Biocore Complete as well. These ingredients work fast to give your dog the relief they need, without being a laxative.

8. Massage

Gentle abdominal massage can help stimulate bowel movements in your dog. However, if your pet shows signs of discomfort or pain, stop immediately and consult your vet.

While these home remedies for dog constipation can provide relief, it’s crucial to remember that if your dog’s constipation persists or if they are in pain, a visit to the vet may be necessary. A blockage is a serious condition that needs to be addressed by a professional. Chronic constipation can be a sign of a more serious health condition, and it’s always better to be safe and seek professional advice. Prevention is the easiest way to keep a dog healthy. This includes a species appropriate diet, plenty of exercise, clean water and lots of love!

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