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Once in a while, your dog may have problem pooping. He may be straining and may even show some pain. Sometimes he may only have a "small production", other times he may not be able to produce anything at all even after trying for a while.
There are numerous possible reasons why a dog is constipated, some are serious and require prompt veterinary attention. If your dog is constipated and cannot go to the bathroom for over two days, you need to take the dog to the veterinarian for a check-up to rule out any underlying health problem.
But what can you give a dog to help with the occasional mild constipation?
Read on to find out some simple home remedies such as herbs, foods, and natural supplements that can safely be used to "unconstipate" a dog.
For the occasional mild cases of dog constipation, you may want to first try some simple natural home remedies, such as:
Combine equal parts of powdered apple pectin and psyllium husk. Add 1/4 teaspoon mixed powder per 10 pounds of body weight to water - just enough to soak it well. The mixed powder will expand and the liquid will thicken. Add the thickened liquid to the dog's food once or twice per day.
If your dog has chronic constipation, try using herbal remedies.
Herbs are found to be very effective in relieving chronic constipation in dogs.
Some useful herbs for treating dog constipation are:
It is advisable to feed the herbal supplement on an "on-off" basis: for example, feed it to your dog for 2 to 3 weeks, stop for one week, and repeat as necessary.
These natural products are effective in helping dogs who suffer from constipation. They are good to have in your dog's first-aid kit!
This herbal tincture can be used as a mild laxative for overnight relief of constipation. It contains herbs such as licorice, ginger root, oregon grape, and turkey rhubarb root - all effective herbs for treating constipation by stimulating the muscles in the digestive tract without causing discomfort.
Chronic constipation indicates a weak digestive system. Use this natural remedy to support the GI system of your dog. It contains probiotics, vitamins, herbs (e.g. slippery elm, licorice, alfalfa), micronutrients and enzymes, and is very effective for dogs suffering from chronic or recurrent poor digestion, food allergies, or irritable bowel issues.
This formula contains organic herbs that enables normal, easy elimination through the bowels. It is safe and does not irritate the GI system. It also prevents flatulence!