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Constipation Remedies for Dogs and Cats

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Constipation in dogs and cats is sometimes the result of dehydration, dietary indiscretion, or possibly an obstruction. Lack of exercise or a diet low in fiber may also contribute to this condition. In most cases, constipation in dogs and cats can be treated with a change in diet, adequate exercise and sufficient opportunities for the animal to relieve itself.

If faster relief from constipation is desired, Natural Moves constipation remedy by PetAlive or Medibulk from Thorne Research can help speed the elimination process in your dog or cat.

Diagnosis

In acute cases of constipation, your dog or cat may experience some of the following symptoms:

  • Strains to defecate.
  • Infrequent bowel movements
  • Hard, impacted stools
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bloating and abdominal discomfort
If the treatment options outlined below fail to relieve the constipation, an examination may be necessary to rule out an obstruction, painful lesions, or other underlying disorders such as hypothyroidism. 

Natural Treatment

The first step to relieving constipation is by gradually switching your pet's food to a natural diet containing whole grains (barley, oats, or whole wheat), meats and vegetables or a high-quality canned food. Try adding a tablespoon of bran or canned pumpkin to help the animal's stool hold moisture.

Fiber keeps things moving

Adding fiber to the diet will help accelerate the elimination process by increasing weight and water content to the stool. Additionally, fiber helps to optimize the animals "good" intestinal bacterial.