There are several ways to cure constipation in dogs. Knowing the causes will help avoid a recurrence. Here's both.
Canine constipation can be caused by any of the following:
Moving the outside gets the inside moving!
Exercise is important for massaging the internal organs and increasing blood flow throughout the body. It also gets the immune system working.
If you've ever had surgery yourself and couldn't 'go' after all that lying around, you'll understand.
Long walks or a good game of fetch are both excellent choices. For more ideas click on the exercise link on the right.
Your dog, wanting to be good, may have simply held it too long.
Does that sound silly?
Once the body has gotten used to holding, the system gets backed up. Literally, his feces get so compacted it's much harder to relieve oneself and constipation is the result.
Regular exercise will help.
If you feed dry or can dog food:
I buy several cans during the
Thanksgiving and Christmas season because that's the only time I know I can find it. Plain pumpkin has nutritional value as well.
So not only is it good for your dog constipation... it actually helps stop diarrhea. (Practically a miracle food don't you think?)
Heck, if it's summertime, you can turn the leftover into pumpkin-sicles and let your dog have an ice cube size one as a treat on the back porch.
More Remedies for Canine Constipation
Mineral oil works because it remains undigested as it passes through. Prolonged use can create a dependency and take vitamin A from your dog's body.
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Remember your dog is less likely to go if you wake him from a nap for potty time. Get him moving first and he's much more apt to go in a shorter amount of time.
For a puppy constipation, especially in young orphan puppies, please read Puppy Constipation.
Food for thought: And of course, there's always the option of changing his diet. In the several years I've fed my dogs raw dog food, I have not seen constipation; their poop is smaller, it's easier for them to go and their energy is awesome!