Is your dog showing signs of constipation? Has he stopped defecating in a couple of days? Is he straining to poop or releasing hard stools when he goes? Here are five home remedies that might help ease bowel discomfort in canines.
1. Drinking Water
Increase the amount of water that dogs consume to aid the digestion process and get things moving again. To prevent future constipation, ensure that dogs have sufficient drinking water throughout the day to keep them hydrated.
2. Canned Dog Food
Add moisture to their diet by supplementing the usual kibble with some canned dog food for a couple of days. Aim for a balanced ratio of 25% to 50% to avoid aggravating the constipation.
3. Canned Pumpkin
Supplement the canine diet with pure pumpkin in a can. This high fiber winter squash helps get things moving by drawing water into the intestines. Ensure that dogs are hydrated before adding pumpkin to their meal.
4. Mineral Oil or Olive Oil
Add the appropriate amount of mineral or olive oil to two or three meal servings, which acts as a natural laxative in aiding dog constipation.
Encourage lethargic dogs to exercise by playing with them or taking them out for a walk to promote normal movement within the intestinal tract.
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