Constipation is a part of life for humans and animals alike. Dogs can suffer from constipation. There are a variety of ways to not only alleviate constipation but also take precautions so that constipation in dogs doesn't happen.
Get adequate exercise. Begin walking the dog twice a day as this can help the dog to have the ability to have proper bowel movements. Exercise not only allows the dog to maintain a healthy weight but also relieves dog of excess excitement and can be as enjoyable for the dog as the owner.
Provide the constipated dog with a healthy, proper diet. Never feed the dogs table foods, especially foods like flour, sugar, rice, dairy and high-protein foods. These foods can cause constipation and should be avoided.
Allow the constipated dog to eat dried fruit such as figs, dates, raisins and plums. These fruits can ease the constipation. Fruits can become a daily part of the dog's diet to maintain a constipation-free lifestyle.
Add two teaspoons of bran to the dog's food. This will add moisture to the stool and will also soften the stool. This can be done twice a day. For larger build-up of stool, a teaspoon of mineral oil can be added to the dog's food. The mineral oil will also soften the hardened stool.
Keep the dog's food moistened. This is another way to alleviate the dog's constipation.