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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
Natural Treatment for Cat or Dog Constipation
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. And finally, ensure that your pet always has access to fresh water.