Many dog parents might say that the last thing their dog needs is to go more (!) but if your dog suffers from constipation, you know how uncomfortable it can be for your pup. There are many reasons why your dog may be suffering from constipation…insufficient water or fiber in the diet, or even just the wrong kind of food for your dog’s system.
There are lots of easy home remedies to help your dog do his business…just be sure to try one at a time and not overload your dog with too much, and talk to your vet if your dog’s digestive issues seem severe, to rule out any other sort of problem. Here are the most common remedies to try:
Plain, canned pumpkin is at the top of most people’s lists of pet constipation remedies. Pumpkin has lots of fiber and most dogs love the taste. Add it to their wet food, give it to them plain as a treat, or bake it into biscuits.
You can buy bulk bran at the grocery store and mix it in to your dog’s wet food, as well as bake treats with it. Experts recommend sticking to rice, oat, or wheat. And try soaking it in broth first.
Similar to bran, cooked brown rice is a great high-fiber add-in to your dog’s wet food. White rice can have the opposite effect, so stick to brown for constipation issues.
Fruits and Vegetables
Don’t forget about plain old fresh fruits and veggies...many kinds have a very high fiber and water content. Try things like carrots, green beans, peas, apples and unsweetened applesauce, and cantaloupe.
Fiber Supplements and Mineral Oil
Talk to your vet before moving from high-fiber foods to supplements or mineral oil. A little can go a long way, and you need to make sure the type you choose is safe. Many pet owners will try adding powdered fiber like Metamucil to their dog’s wet food, and you can also put the mineral oil in their food.
Last but not least, don’t forget to make sure your dog gets enough exercise. If your pup is a couch potato, a little extra exercise can help get the blood flowing to the intestines and just generally help get things moving again.
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