If the situation has lasted longer than a day or two (i.e. no bowel movements for 48 to 72 hours), or your dog seems distressed, then it’s become a more urgent issue, and you should talk to your vet right away. He or she will recommend the best course of immediate action for treatment and to prevent the problem from getting worse.
If the constipation just started, there are a few home remedies to help your dog feel better in the meantime:
- Examine your dog’s bottom for any matting fur (especially long haired dogs), or for lumps, bumps and other abnormalities (which are signs of an emergency)
- Increase your dog’s water intake and/or exercise. Canned or wet foods are good options, or even adding a little bit of water to their food.
- Feed your dog (canned) pumpkin: both high in fiber and moisture, this helps regulate the digestive system and often works for both constipation and diarrhea
- Add some fiber to your dog’s diet or change to a high fiber diet, as prescribed by your veterinarian
- Don’t give your dog any laxatives/stool softeners or other medication without first consulting with your veterinarian – they can be unsafe when used in the wrong circumstances.