Dog Constipation - The One Thing Your Dog Cannot Tell You

Published: 24th June 2010
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It seems that human kind in general is experiencing deteriorating health. Therefore, it shouldn't come as a big surprise that our dogs are hurting as well. Similar to a case of constipation in a human being, canine constipation can be incredibly painful and also has the potential to lead to other more critical medical issues, such as a blockage of the intestines. While the possibility exists that the constipation could be caused by something serious, it is much more likely the result of a poor diet, dehydration, or an insufficient amount of exercise. Addressing dog constipation and ensuring that your dog can routinely purge his waste is vital for his overall well being

Traditionally constipation both in humans and animals gets treated with a laxative. However be aware that most doctors advise that relying too heavily on laxatives can bring about a slew of other medical complications, which may include the inability to expel waste in the future.

Wild animals naturally eat a high protein diet. If their stomachs' become upset, they can often be seen eating substances that are loaded with fiber such as grass. Regrettably, commercial dog foods contain little protein, but plenty of fillers like corn, wheat and other carbohydrates. Animals living in the wild don't eat bread. It's that simple. Dogs kept as pets commonly have yet another less than healthy eating habit: They will consume pretty much anything, even things that we don't even consider to be food!

It's quite easy to see the symptoms of canine constipation if you look for them. A dog will have trouble eliminating even though he keeps trying. At some point he will become bloated and lethargic and will be much less energetic and may even refuse to eat. He may even be a bit more gassy, as undigested food his intestine begins to create turmoil.

Taking steps to prevent constipation from ever occurring is usually the most advisable route to take by means of a healthy diet and enough water and exercise. At the point when your dog actually becomes constipated, it will be necessary to take more drastic action. First, increase your dog's water consumption. A quick solution I have used myself is a a mixture of high protein food with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. The outcome was a bit of a mess but highly efficient! Changing your dog's diet around to include oil and more protein can do the trick.

It is a good idea to give your dog a nice little tummy massage. No need to go over the top here. Don't use too much pressure and always rub in the direction of the tail. This will help discover things like hardened stools, for which an enema may be needed. In any case, making these changes should provide your dog with some relief.

To reiterate, dealing with dog constipation is vital. Clearly, prevention is best, but should it come to the point where your dog is unable to expel his waste, then it will become necessary to address the problem, which typically entails a change in diet along with an increase in exercise and water intake. Should these tactics prove to be inadequate, you may need to pay an emergency visit to your vet.


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Our dogs count on us to nurture them and to manage their well being. Canine constipation is a danger signal that all is not well with your dog's diet, however it can be avoided and cured implementing natural treatment options. Come and visit me at Constipated dogs to find out more about keeping your pet healthy and balanced.

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