Saturday, January 7, 2012

Treating Dog Constipation

You are walking your dog at the park and notice that your dog is straining to go to the bathroom. Nothing happens. Have you been in this situation? Most likely, sometime in your life you will come across it. In fact, I dealt with this matter several months ago. I was a bit perplexed because there was nothing in his diet which had changed. I called my veterinarian who I respect and adore (she saved his life), and asked her what she recommended. She had good results with pumpkin so I tried it. Unfortunately, it did not have the desire effect I was looking for. I then purchased a several cans of W/D and that did the trick.

It is important to realize that not all dogs are the same and one product may not work on all dogs. If you have a dog who likes to get into things, watch your dog for other signs such as drooling and vomiting. You do not want to wait as your dog may have ingested something and it is of the utmost important to take him to your veterinarian right away. Most often than not however, it is something that can be taken care of without seeing your veterinarian. Keep in mind the following methods to see which one works best for you in this situation.

  • Check your  dog's diet. Often times, adding 2 teaspoons of regular pumpkin to your dog's diet will do the trick.
  • Add moisture to your dog's diet. Add a few teaspoons of water in his food.
  • Add Pumpkin to your dog's diet.
  • Give your dog regular excercise to keep things moving.
         *Medical conditions to check if the tips above don't work:

  • Check for Whipworms which are parasites that can cause constipation
  • Test for hypothyroidism and endocrine conditions known to cause constipation
  • Neurological damage. This would be pretty self evident as seeing your dog with this is extremely painful to watch.
  • Discuss medications your dog is taking with your veterinarian. Sometimes these drugs can be counteractive with one another and may cause constipation.
It is worth noting that if your dog has additional symptoms to constipation such as lethargy, loss of appetite and vomiting, it is vital to get your dog to the veterinarian so that he can have fluids injected to help with his dehydration. I hope this has been helpful.

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