Constipation in Dogs

by Colleen Fernandez

in Health Problems

Old Boston TerrierEvery now and then dogs suffer from constipation. It’s not that common for most dogs, but on the rare occasion that it does occur, it’s no fun for them! Constipation is usually a result of poor nutrition and lack of exercise and it sometimes can be a result of psychological stress.

If the constipation only lasts a day or two, you should be ok. Any longer, and you should call the vet.

Tips that should help prevent constipation:

1. Fiber: Take a look at your dog’s food. It should contain at least 5% crude fiber. If your dog likes to eat natural fiber, such as fresh cut apples and pears, by all means give it to her!

2. Water: Water’s very important for dogs. It aids in keeping their digestive systems healthy.

3. Walking: Increase the number of times and distance you walk your dog. This will prevent your Boston from holding it for too long. Exercising regularly should help keep things moving.

4. Bones: Try not to give your dog bones too often. During a constipation period, bones can cause blockages. Bones that are chewable but not edible tend to be safer.

Tips to Ease Constipation

Canned Pumpkin. Add about one tablespoon to your dog’s meal … most dogs like it!

Milk. Generally most dogs are lactose intolerance. In case of emergencies, give your dog about 2 – 3 ounces of milk twice daily, until some improvement is shown.

Oat Bran. Oat Bran is easy to sprinkle into your dog’s wet food. You can start with one teaspoon and gradually increase to 2 tablespoons or until you see results.

Metamucil. Metamucil contains psyllium, which pulls water into the stool and helps move it along. Give your dog about half a teaspoon twice daily. Make sure your dog drinks plenty of water if you decide to go this route.

Mineral Oil. This is a good method, in cases when there is a large build-up of hard stool. Two teaspoons, twice a day should be added to your dog’s meal, but for only a week.

Feeding your dog from the dinner table isn’t a good idea either. Foods that contain flour, sugar, rice, dairy and high protein are the main source of constipation. Other food items that cause your dog unnecessary pain are: ice cream, cookies, bread, chocolate, or other unhealthy food items.

Constipation can be a result of your dog eating clumps of grass, ingesting bones, or you guessed it- a good old fashioned hairball!

So make sure you take steps to prevent constipation for your dog. And if you do end up with an issue on your hands, follow these steps in mild cases. For more serious cases- consult with your veterinarian.

If your Boston Terrier has ever had a constipation problem, leave a comment below and let everyone know how you resolved the issue.

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