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
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.
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.
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.
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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