Constipation in Dogs
My dog is constipated! Is there something natural that can help?
Your dog's constipation or hard stools can be easily managed through diet and nutrition. Here are some tips:
Probiotics improve intestinal function and effectively combat constipation. When your dog is constipated, give 2-3 times the normal dosage of Probiotic Miracle® or MiracleZyme® combo chews, twice per day. This will help increase gut activity and regulate your dog's stool elimination.
WHAT IS IT?
Constipation in dogs is absent, infrequent, or difficult defecation. Most healthy dogs have one or two stools a day depending on the dog and the diet. Dogs suffering from constipation may not defecate for 3 days or more which leads to the feces retention in the colon where they can become dry and hard and require forceful straining to pass.
A dog that is constipated may suffer from other serious health problems, like leaky gut, if the condition is recurring or persists for long.
CAUSES OF CONSTIPATION
- Commonly used medications
- Over-grooming which leads to extra dog hair in the digestive tract
- Obstruction, including string or bones
- Diets that are low in fiber
- Enlarged prostate gland, in male dogs
- dog obesity
SIGNS OF CONSTIPATION
To recognize dog constipation, look for your dog straining to defecate, or infrequent defecation. You may also notice dry or hard stools.
Increasing water intake to help hydrate the colon.
Increase opportunities to eliminate
Make sure your dog has open access to their litter box. Holding stools perpetuates a constipation.
Provide digestive support with probiotics. Probiotics naturally soften the stools by drawing water into the colon.
It is distressing to find that your dog is constipated, however, this is an easily treated problem. If you find that your dog has chronic constipation, be sure to consult with your vet to be sure there is not a serious blockage in your dog's colon.