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What to Do about Your Dog’s Constipation

By M. Christine Zink

A constipated dog spends longer than usual defecating, 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 potty breaks. Always make sure your dog has plenty of fresh water to flush his intestinal tract. If you will be away from home for a long time, arrange for a neighbor or a pet sitter to let your dog out to relieve himself.

If you’re cutting back on your dog’s food intake to help him lose weight and regain his svelte figure, you can prevent constipation by adding vegetables to his diet. Many people use green beans or other canned or fresh vegetables as a source of vitamins and fiber for their dieting dogs.

Don’t forget that exercise is a great constipation cure. A long walk or a vigorous game of fetch does a great job of kick-starting a sluggish bowel. With a combination of vegetables and exercise, your dog will be as regular as clockwork in no time.

Never give laxatives to your constipated dog. Over-the-counter laxatives might be deadly to your dog’s system. Consult your veterinarian for professional help with your dog’s constipation.