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Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs

Updated on April 22, 2013

Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs

Constipation can be very annoying condition that is associated with everything from cramps to difficulty passing feces. Like humans, your pets are capable of becoming constipated as well. Dogs can become constipated for a variety of reasons, some which are minor and others that are more severe. Regardless of the cause of constipation, most people wish to alleviate the symptoms as soon as possible so your dog can resume a happy life. This article covers home remedies for constipation in dogs that are sure to have your K9 on the path to recovery in the near future.

Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs #1: Canned Pumpkin

Most people know that increasing your fiber intake can drastically assist with reducing your likelihood of becoming constipated; however, most do not know that an increase in fiber can also assist your constipated dogs. Veterinarians around the country are starting to recommend a simple, successful home remedy—pumpkin. Mere add a couple of tablespoons of canned pumpkin to their food for a few days and the constipation should diminish. However, it is important that you give your dog “canned pumpkin” and not pumpkin pie filling.

Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs #2: Canned Dog Food

Another great way to reduce constipation, that your dog is sure to love, is feeding canned dog food. You will need to visit a pet store and search for canned dog food that is high in fiber and quality. The dog food is great because it is moist and will add more water into your dog’s system, helping with digestion. It may take a few days of feeding your dog canned dog food before you notice any improvement.

Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs #3: Olive Oil

Another home remedy that is surely within your kitchen involves simply adding olive oil to your dog’s food. Only use a teaspoon or two and mix it with his or her food. Using too much oil can result in diarrhea and use of oil should be discontinued as soon as your dog’s bowel movements are regulated and back to normal.

Home Remedies for Constipation in Dogs #4: Milk

Believe it or not, milk can also assist with constipation. However, it is essential that you only administer the milk in small doses and stop use after symptoms go away. Give your dog a ½ cup of milk a day for a couple of days and see if the milk assists with the problems at hand.

Each of these home remedies for constipation in dogs proves to be very successful in assisting with digestive problems and helping regulate bowel movements. However, if your dog has repeat issues with constipation or prolonged symptoms, be sure to take him or her to a veterinarian for a diagnosis. There are some very serious conditions that can lead to constipation. However, most constipation issues in dogs can be treated with these home remedies and should only require a day or two of treatment before symptoms improve.


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    • Teresa Laurente profile image

      Maria Teresa Rodriguez - Laurente 8 years ago from San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A.

      I thank you for sharing this. Now, I have something to use and what more; it is natural and cost effective. Thank you so much. More power.