Q: Doggie Constapation?
Last week Abby had a bit too many new cookies to try and she is now constapated she goes but is still straining to go more after and she doesn't want to eat breakfast she will wait until dinner and then she only has one meal that day and I know that is not enough for her she is also not eating much of her dry food which she always waits and eats at bedtime even though it is there where she can get it all day long that is if any at all she has been going like this now for days and I delt with this with Skitters but it was so much easier because Skitters liked fruit so that made her able to go again but Abby doesn't like fruit or veggies is there medicine or something I can give her to help?
Dec 31, 2012
First off, many experts advise feeding most adult dogs only once a day. It of course depends on health status and other issues. Have you tried canned pumpkin? Not the sweetened pie filling type, just the straight pureed pumpkin. It acts as a bulk laxative and can be fed indefinitely without side effects since it's a food and not a medicine. You can also add mineral oil to their food to act as a lubricant laxative. Never give it by syringe because it can be breathed into the lungs. It should always be ingested on food. It also interferes with the absorption of vitamins so it can't be used long term. Psyllium, flax seed, and Metamucil are also dog safe bulk laxatives. Dogs can take Dulcolax too but you need to ask your vet before giving it. It's a stimulant laxative and if there happened to be an obstruction it could cause major problems. There are also verterinary prescribed laxatives available. You need to also make sure that your dog has plenty of fresh water, a regular non-constipating diet, and plenty of exercise to help move things along. And please don't overfeed your dog junk food. As you can see it has adverse effects and it isn't good for them. Try healthy treats that contain natural fiber. You can encourage her to eat better for her treats if you start out offering a small amount mixed with a food she likes and gradually increasing it while decreasing the bad for her food.
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Dec 31, 2012
Karen seems to have covered almost everything I was thinking. The only things I would add: You can also try up to a 1/2C whole milk twice a day until she stops having problems. Milk usually causes diarrhea in dogs but in this case it will eliminate their constipation. Also, you can try olive oil in place of mineral oil. Pumpkin is great for diarrhea and constipation because it adds bulk. It's also good for hairballs in cats...kind of an all-around good product.
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