Treating Constipation in Puppies

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Treating Constipation in Puppies

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Recognise the Signs

Recognise the signs of constipation. Just like human babies (and adults as well) puppies can become constipated. Notice if your puppy is straining when she tries to go to the bathroom. Also, is the excrement hard, small and dry? If so, she could be constipated.

Provide Water

Make sure that the puppy always has access to a fresh water supply. If a puppy isn't getting enough water, this could result in constipation.

Add Fiber

If your puppy seems to be frequently constipated, add some oat bran to her food every day. Mix it in well and add some water or broth if it seems too dry.

Exercise

Give your puppy plenty of exercise. Take her out for a walk or toss around a toy for a while. Distracting the puppy and allowing her to exert herself. Moving her body might be enough to get her bowels moving again.

Fibre-rich Foods

Feed your puppy special treats that are packed with fibre. A popular option is canned pumpkin. This contains tons of fibre and the puppy will actually enjoy it.

Herbal and Natural Laxatives

Visit a pet store for different laxative options. Some laxatives contain all natural ingredients like herbs and salt that should relieve constipation quickly.

Prescription Laxatives

If none of the natural options seem to be working, take your puppy to a veterinarian. He can prescribe a stronger laxative that is meant for dogs.

Prevention

Prevent constipation by feeding your puppy the right things. Table scraps should be limited if not eliminated. It is not recommended to feed milk to weaned puppies because it often causes constipation.

Treating Constipation in Puppies

Dangerous Situations

Make sure your puppy does not have access to any dangerous objects she could swallow. This includes bones. A puppy can easily swallow a chunk of something that isn't easily digestible and blocks the digestive tract. Visit a veterinarian immediately if you suspect that your puppy might have eaten a foreign object.

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