Posted by doglover on Aug 2, 2011 in General Health | 6 comments
Can anyone help me with suggestions for my dogs Digestion. I have a beautiful lab named Hoyt. He seems to be constipated and I feed him dry dog food only. (Science Diet)
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I think your Hoyt is suffering from dehydration which is the primary cause of constipation. Try as much as you can to increase the quantity of clean drinking water intake of your Hoyt if you have not been doing so.
Also, another prime suspect to your complaint is object your pet may have swallowed which was not fully digested. What I mean here is that most dogs undergo Sigmund Freud oral fixation stage just like small children i.e, they (dogs)plays a lot and are always making use of their mouth hence they may chew indigestible objects like plastic bags, cellophane,rubber etc. These objects when swallowed, blocks both the small and large intestines hence causing constipation. So keep an eye on your pet and remove those indigestible objects around. I suggest you see a vet doctor.
I agree with what Desmond said and in addition to that,low fiber in the diet can also contribute to the constipation. Diets that are rich in fiber helps to prevent hard and difficult to pass stool because(fiber)absorbs enough water during digestive period thus makes the stool soft.
However, there are some home remedies you can try which will help your dog.
i)Mix ginger with chicken/beef broth and give to the dog.
ii)Use small quantity of Aloe Vera mixed in water or wet dog food.
iii)Small quantity of milk.
iv) Add one to two teaspoons of simple canned pumpkin to the dog food.
Sorry to hear about your dog. Though constipation in dogs can be more rare, there are ways to help aid with “moving things along”.
Because most dogs are lactose intolerant, milk is a great option. Give him a bowl of milk, then be sure to keep an eye on him so that he doesn’t diarrhea in your home (I recommend waiting about 30 minutes then taking him for a walk) Walking actually helps dogs to avoid constipation.
Another idea is to give him Metamucil (yep, dogs can take it too) it helps soften and pass their stool.
During the time of constipation, be sure not to give him any dog treats as these can further block him up.
Hope this helps!
Give him wet food. There are high-fiber wet foods (if your dog will eat) and these can really help. I’ve had to give it to my dog before with great results.
Something else recommended to me is to give your dog olive oil but ONLY if you are sure he is constipated because this will make him go for sure as it works like a laxative. Add it into a little food (or if you’re brave, try to get it directly into his mouth) and prepare for results!
I agree with some of the methods mentioned above (including milk). However, there is one very common home remedy that is natural and works well which is ginger. (Use the powdered form). It helps reduce, prevent, and cure digestive issues in dogs. It will help lessen the discomfort of constipation and also ease the “doggie #2″ out of him. (be warned that many dogs do NOT like the flavor of ginger, so I suggest mixing it in with a small amount of food, or something sweet that will not worsen his constipation) Good luck and hope your dog feels better soon!
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