It is more likely that your dog will suffer from diarrhea than constipation. However, it is highly likely that your pup will have trouble pooping at some point in his life. Constipation is more common in growing puppies, but it is possible that any dog could struggle with this condition. With that said, it is important that all pet owners educate themselves on the signs and symptoms as well as a few home remedies for dog constipation.
If your dog hasn’t had a bowel movement in 2 days, he is probably constipated. Signs of constipation in dogs include straining when trying to “go”, crouching for long periods without producing any stool and whining while trying to poop.
If you notice symptoms that are more severe, like blood around the anus or blood in the stool, you need to skip the home remedies for dog constipation and head straight for the veterinarian’s office. Your vet may recommend a stool softener or laxative to help get things flowing again. They will tell you the appropriate type of medication and the correct dosage for your dog.
You should NEVER give your pet over-the-counter medication without consulting with a veterinarian first.
For a mild case of canine constipation, you can try a home remedy. If it is taking your pooch longer than normal to poop, he is straining particularly hard while going and/or he is only producing a small amount of stool, it is likely that he has a mild case of constipation.
4 Home Remedies for Dog Constipation
The first thing that you’ll want to do if your pet seems constipated is to check his rear end. Look for matted fur or a foreign object that may be causing a blockage. You should also be looking for signs of a more serious issue, such as bleeding, sores or a tumor. Once you get that part out of the way, you can try one of these home remedies for dog constipation.
1. Increase water intake and try canned food
One of the most essential parts of the digestion process is water. Dogs that eat dry kibble can become dehydrated easily if they don’t have access to enough clean drinking water throughout the day. Make sure that your dog has access to water and that he is drinking enough of it.
You may also want to add some canned dog food to Fido’s diet for a couple of days. This will add more moisture to his diet and help to rehydrate him. Don’t switch to a 100% canned diet from kibble, because that could lead to more digestive problems. Just switch out 25%-50% of your dog’s kibble for canned food.
Exercise promotes normal movement inside the intestinal tract. If your pup is constipated and feeling bloated, he may be a little lethargic. Encourage him to get up and play or go for a walk outside.
3. Canned Pumpkin
Pumpkin is extremely high in fiber, which helps to draw water into the intestines and get things moving. You’ll need to be sure that your dog is properly hydrated before adding pumpkin to his daily diet. The fiber will draw water into the intestinal tract whether your dog is well hydrated or not.
Small dogs will only need a couple of tablespoons added to their meal once per day. Larger breeds could eat about ¼ cup of canned pumpkin per day for a snack or you could add it to their kibble. Be sure that you’re feeding your dog 100% pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie filling that is sold in the same section of the grocery store.
4. Olive Oil or Mineral Oil
Both of these ingredients act as a natural laxative. Add a couple of teaspoons (small breeds) or tablespoons (large breeds) of olive oil or mineral oil to your dog’s meals. It should help to get things moving after 2-3 servings.
DO NOT give laxatives or over-the-counter medications to your pet without consulting your veterinarian first. Likewise, if your dog does not begin pooping normally within 48 hours after beginning a home remedy, you need to seek veterinary care immediately. Without proper treatment, the backup of stool could lead to life threatening health problems.