Constipation Treatments For Dogs

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Nearly all dogs will constipated at some time during their lives.  Usually it is nothing to worry about.

Constipation in dogs is usually just a temporary condition when your dog strains and cannot pass stool or empty their bowels by normal means.  If the condition lasts more than a few days, your veterinarian should be consulted.

After consulting your veterinarian, some simple home treatments may be effective.

Simple Home Treatment Methods


This is usually accomplished by mixing mineral oil with the dog’s food.  Be sure to ask your veterinarian for the correct amount and frequency of this solution.

Stool Softener

Ask your veterinarian which one is appropriate for your dog.  Sometimes over the counter, colace is chosen and this is the same medication that is given to humans and for the same purpose.  Other choices include, Laxatone or DSS capsules, both of which can be purchased at pet stores or pet warehouses.

Always read and follow package directions carefully.  And if you have any doubt on dosage or frequency that the medication should be given, consult your veterinarian.

Change of Diet.

Add fiber to your dog’s food.  This can be as simple as adding a little 100% bran cereal to their food or sharing an apple or pear with your dog (leave the skin on for extra fiber).   Another bit of fiber you can add to their diet is by giving them a tablespoon of canned pumpkin (not the pie filling kind).  Dogs generally love the sweetness of the pumpkin and will lap it right up.


Increasing your dog’s exercise will help them have more regular and softer stools.  Sometimes a little walk or simple game of Frisbee everyday will do the trick.


These remedies will generally work for most dogs overnight.

If you have any questions about any of these remedies or if the constipation continues beyond a day or so, call your veterinarian.  Sometimes surgery may be the only solution and only your veterinarian can provide that answer.o That Your Pet Can Live A Longer, Healthier & Happier Life!

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