Constipated Dog (Dog won't
What to Do and What Not to
constipated dog spends longer than usual defecating (eliminating,
pooping), and the
resultant stools are small, round, and hard. You can bet that if
your dog is constipated, he's uncomfortable.
One of the main causes
of constipation is insufficient water, often coupled with too much
time between outdoor potty breaks.
How to help your dog
Make sure your dog always has plenty of
fresh water to flush her intestinal tract.
Add vegetables to her diet.
Give plenty of exercise,
either walking or playing fetch or anything which will stimulate
Offer canned pumpkin in its pureed form (not
pumpkin pie filling)
Give one teaspoon full of
salmon or olive oil for a dog but much less for a puppy.
Offer a small bowl of milk.
Using a warm (not hot) moist
wash cloth, gently apply slight pressure on her tummy while
stroking downward toward the anus. This action mimics the
natural way a mother dog uses her tongue to help her pup to
eliminate trapped gas while encouraging the elimination of waste