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Constipation Prevention For Dogs

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Prevention is the best medicine. This oft repeated quote is certainly true for dogs and constipation.  There are three simple ways to prevent constipation in dogs.

Hydration.
Provide your dog with clean water in a dish that is the right size for your dog.  Too deep a dish will be better for long nosed dogs (German Shepard’s, greyhounds, and poodles) and more shallow dishes for short noses dogs (Boston Terriers or pugs).  The water must be changed at least daily and more often is better in warmer weather.  In the winter, make sure the water is not frozen.

Exercise.
A good 20-30 minute brisk walk may be all you and your dog need to stay regular.  Other good activities for dogs include swimming, hiking, a slower jog, fetching a Frisbee or ball, and stair climbing.

Always keep in mind the weather.  Many breeds of dogs cannot tolerate heavy exercise in hotter weather.  Examples include any dog with shorter noses, older dogs, and dogs with cardiac conditions.

Another factor to consider is the breed of dog and the type of exercise.  Dachshunds are not good stair climbers and many dogs do not like to swim.  Greyhounds, labs, and beagles generally like to run or jog.  If jogging is not your thing, walking is also great.

As with any exercise program start slow and work your way up slowly to thirty minutes a day at least five days a week.

Consult your veterinarian before starting any exercise program.

Increased Fiber
In addition to being sure your dog is well hydrated, adequate fiber is also necessary to keep your dog’s digestive system in tune.  Some simple additions of fiber are a little 100% bran cereal, a piece of fresh fruit (apple or pear with the skin on), and a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not the pie filling kind).

In Conclusion.

With these three simple measures, you should be able to prevent most cases of constipation in your dog.  Consult your veterinarian with any questions on amount or type of exercise, or type of fiber to add to your dog’s diet.

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