How to Relieve Constipation in a Newborn Puppy

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How to Relieve Constipation in a Newborn Puppy
Puppies should have a bowel movement two to three times a day. (puppies image by Bobi from

If your puppy is struggling to defecate, if it has not had a bowel movement in more than a day or is crying and showing pain when defecating, chances are it is constipated. Constipation can be caused by a variety of factors including a sudden diet change, insufficient fibre and water intake, medication, eating indigestible items such as small plastic toys or lack of exercise. It is important to seek medical treatment from a veterinarian for severe cases of constipation.

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Things you need

  • Fibre
  • Water
  • Washcloth

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  1. 1

    Give the puppy plenty of water. Water intake, coupled with exercise, can promote regular bowel movements. Generally a puppy should drink 29.6ml of water for each pound of body weight. Increase this amount on hot days.

  2. 2

    Massage your puppy's tummy to stimulate a bowel movement. Lay your puppy on its side, take a warm, moist washcloth and apply gentle pressure to its stomach while stroking in a downward direction toward its anus.

  3. 3

    Add fibre to your puppy's diet. Canned pumpkin (not the pie filling) and green beans are loaded with fibre. Mix 1 to 2 teaspoons of canned pumpkin or green beans with your puppy's food until its bowel movements are regular again.

  4. 4

    Give the puppy a small bowl of milk. This may cause the stool to be runny initially, but it will solve the constipation problem.

Tips and warnings

  • If constipation symptoms don't subside with in 48 hours of using home remedies, take your puppy to see the vet.

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