My 7 month old Shiba Inu suffers from constipation. I have taken him to the vet and she gave him a liquid laxative, he hates the taste and I’m not happy relying on the medication. I feed him Hills Science Diet and boiled chicken. Any one got a good home remedy I could try. I’ve heard of milk, but not sure if I should give it to him.
If you do anything, give him ONLY can food for a day or two. Add a little water and make it soupy. BUT and a big BUT if he is still constipated after your trial on can food take him to the vet! a dog's colon is not as tough as ours. our colons can withstand up to a week of no bowel movement. a dog's can not! his colon can get impacted, infected or burst. which will be VERY painful for him and VERY costly for you. I personally would not mess around and take him to the vet.
Change your dog food – does your vet happen to sell this to you?
A 7 month old puppy should not be suffering from constipation & if your vet has found nothing else wrong, change his diet. rather than feeding him on a diet of 100% processed food, why not think about a raw food diet?
Check out BARF diet on Google.
Well…my dogs seem to get a little "runny" when i give them wet dog food so you might want to try that, also i used to have to put safflour oil in my dogs dish because her hair was missing when i rescued her soooooo that also made it a little "runny". Hope you pup feels better!
Milk is constipating in humans…. and not recommended for dogs.
Add some olive oil or similar cooking oil to your dogs food on a daily basis….depending on size, a teaspoon to a tablespoon is all the dog needs. That should help a lot.
I would change your dog's diet. Hills Science Diet is a bad brand of dog food. maybe that's why your dog is constipated. try changing your dog's diet to something of higher quality.
Try giving him canned pumpkin 1/2 a teaspoon with his meal. also http://www.naturalcanine.com/ has some herbal/natural things to do
Ask your vet about Miralax (yeah, the kind meant for people).
My cat gets 1/4 teaspoon every day because she has chronic constipation due to chronic renal failure. Instead of lubricating the poo like other laxatives, miralax helps retain moisture in the stool so that it stays soft. the other stuff doesn't help it stay soft, it just greases up the rock-hard poo to try to help it come out. I had tried laxatone and petromalt (I think those were the names…) that were in gel form and they did not work at all and she hated the taste. the miralax does the charm.
It's a powder, and disolves well in moisture. it's also tasteless. my cat, the pickiest eater alive, can't tell it's mixed in with her food. If your dog doesn't eat any moist food, you can get some just for the purpose of giving him a dose. It's supposed to be gentle on the stomach and not cause cramps, and in the world of renal failure cats, is considered safe for continued use.
We say to start with 1/8 teaspoon for a cat, so based on the size of your dog, adjust that. If it doesn't work, try more the next day. If it works too well, cut back. my goal with my cat is to just have the poo be "normal"… not diarrhea, not too hard.
If you think this is just a one time thing and not worth buying a whole thing of miralax, try adding a teaspoon of vegetable oil to his food. the canned food, like already suggested, will help if he's not getting enough moisture
Take him sky diving. It'll scare the crap out of him.