Fighting constipation

Dinner for Gus! - The bunny bowl doesn't impress him, but Gus loves fruits and vegetables. It seems to keep him regular and it's a very pretty combination!
@dragon54u (31617)
United States
August 11, 2010 11:21am CST
Gus, my Boston Terrier, is ten years old this month. He's been constipated off and on for the past year and I finally found a combination of food that helps him. Take a look at his dinner dish! Looks rather colorful and appetizing, doesn't it? There is dog food, chicken broth, squash, green beans from my garden, pears, watermelon and a sprinkling of Fiber One cereal. It seems to keep him regular with all the moisture and fiber it contains. Do you have any other remedies for a dog's constipation just in case this stops working at some point?
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@shira0524 (483)
• United States
11 Aug 10
Be careful with the chicken broth - if you make it or buy it, get the kind that has no salt (or make it without salt) as too much sodium can add to potential heart problems in aging dogs. You can also try some canned pumpkin, however. Not spiced or 'pie ready', but pureed, plain pumpkin, a few teaspoons in each meal, which adds a lot of fiber quite easily and will help most dogs to not be constipated. :)
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
I resorted to this combination because pumpkin was not available! It worked beautifully, but then there was a pumpkin shortage and I couldn't get any--I was so upset! This year I will buy enough pumpkin to last the whole year! I make my own chicken broth from stewing chickens I buy fresh at the store. No salt, no spices or herbs, just the broth. I pour it off then refrigerate it and skim off the fat before I give any to the dogs. I'm very careful about salt since I found that removing most of it from my own diet benefited me so much! Thanks for your comment and suggestions!
• Canada
13 Aug 10
Try some rice and fish, that will also help. Blue Buffalo a high end dog food, Purina pro Plan Chicken and rice. Try to stay away from beef, it takes longer to digest in dogs even though they luv it.. You can also go to independant sites on line.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
13 Aug 10
I thought rice for when they had diarrhea? I suppose brown rice would be good, with the fiber of the hull and all. He loves rice but hasn't had any for quite some time since I haven't eaten any. Blue Buffalo is expensive but it would be worth it to help him. I don't do Purina anything, although he loves Purina One--Purina contains "animal digest" which is the leftover parts of butcher shops, animal shelter kill stations and farms. Look it up, it's disgusting! Most lower priced dog foods have it. The only cheap dog food that doesn't is Kroger's "Dog Gone Deli" kibbles, which is what he and Cookie eat now. Thanks for the suggestions!
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
15 Aug 10
You are both right! Well cooked, boiled rice can help get rid of diarrhea, but if you don't boil it enough, it can generate diarrhea. I remember that Nera got diarrhea every time I didn't boil enough her rice.
@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
11 Aug 10
no, my cats seem to have quite the other problem... oh, and if anyone is reading this and has the same problem - 1 Imodium is good for a 50 dog... so weigh your pet and keep that in mind - 10 lb cat - 1/5th an Imodium...
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
Poor kitties! Luckily, my strays don't seem to have that problem as far as I can see. My main stray, the white male, is getting healthier since I gave him wormer, is filling out and his coat is shiny now. Oh, but he came to the porch for his breakfast this morning and he had been in a fight last night and had a horrible looking wound just behind his ear! He let me put some Neosporin on it. Poor baby, I wish I could take him inside but my dogs would surely kill him.
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@ElicBxn (60884)
• United States
11 Aug 10
My white kitty is "itchy" and he's just covered in sores and he's self inflicting them - and since he's FIV, he heals slowly at best
@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
11 Aug 10
My cats craved butternut squash earlier this year. Last year I met a lady who said her vet told her to give her dog a spoonful of pumpkin with all of his meals. I want to say that we all should be eating as healthily as your dog is right now.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
LOL! Yes, I should eat like that, too. I hate melons, though, and fruit is a duty rather than a pleasure. Gus loves pumpkin but last year the supply dried up due to a pumpkin shortage because of such a wet autumn. This year I'll buy enough to last! Squash is a good substitute but nowhere near as good as pumpkin. He's such a weird dog, he goes for the pears first then the watermelon. He would gladly live on that if I let him!
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@GardenGerty (99389)
• United States
12 Aug 10
Wow. I wish my cats did.
• Philippines
11 Aug 10
Frankly when my dog gets constipated once in awhile I make sure she gets hydrated well, I use dextrovet which is relatively cheap. Then I take her for long walks the motion helps in exercising the bowels. I feed her soft diet of pureed dog food and plain beef broth. If it still does not work I call on my friend bisacodyl....it does the trick.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
I will look up those items, I've never heard of them before. Thanks!
• Philippines
11 Aug 10
oh dextrovet is an oral dextrose solution think of it as gatorade for dogs and bisacodyl suppository is what we humans use when we cannot poop either, it works the same for dogs. I just use that if my dogs can't pass out stools for days.
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• Philippines
11 Aug 10
he needs more exercise.thats the best way to avoid constipation.no need for medicines or fancy food.just walk him everyday.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
I thought about that, I know it's a major cause of constipation in humans and animals. But we play in the yard and he plays with my other dog, Cookie. He runs up and down the stairs chasing a laser light, that's his favorite game. All in all, he gets a LOT of exercise! At least twice a day we run up and down the basement and second floor stairs just for the fun of it. But that was a very good suggestion and not one that most people would think about right away, thanks!
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
12 Aug 10
Dragon, please be carefull with those stairs! As Gus is an old guy now, you have to take more care of his joints. Try to find some other ways to exercise him, because jumping up and down on stairs is not so good for him any more.
@inu1711 (5288)
• Romania
12 Aug 10
Neither Nera nor Binne had this kind of problems, but I've read all the comments here. There are a lot of good advices I should keep in mind if I ever have to fight constipation. Binne also likes vegetables, I put some in her food bowl and she always choose the veggies first, then she eats her kibbles. I've noticed that corn helps her get out more often, even if her stomach doesn't digest it at all. Maybe you should try to give Gus some corn and see if it helps him too.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
13 Aug 10
How opportune that you would suggest that! I have some ears of corn from my garden that need to be cooked and frozen so I'll just give him some of it before I freeze it. If it works I'll just put it in the fridge to dole out. Thanks!
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
12 Aug 10
From the title, I wasn't sure what to prepare for here. Not that I'm embarrassed or grossed out or anything, but I was all like, "umm... okay... so dragon's having trouble gettin' the Browns to the Super Bowl... well..." Glad to hear that the dog's doing well. Mine has never suffered from constipation, but he had joint problems. It's a real bummer because at least people can find relief in all sorts of ways. Dogs are at the mercy of their owners. I'm not sure if this would work for a dog, but I eat a huge plate of spaghetti when I'm constipated. I make sure it's super heavy on the red tomato sauce. The next morning I find I'm usually fully satisfied and low on TP. Maybe it's just my particular metabolism. As far as the health benefits of tomatoes, I'm not sure how well they do in the fiber department. But dogs might like a nice bowl of spaghetti a little more than veggies. On the downside, though, if it doesn't work, then they're packed up with yummy faux Italian dishes going nowhere fast. So I can't in good conscience recommend it. But it does work for me.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
13 Aug 10
You get the honor of giving me the first genuine laugh of the day! Gus loves spaghetti! Unfortunately, I never make it because of calorie concerns. But that would be an excellent excuse to indulge and he loves tomatoes and tomato sauce! In fact, the year before last when I was growing tomatoes I had to fence them off because when they were ready to pick he would eat them off the vine! Thanks for the advice, it's always good to have something to try that he loves. Which isn't hard--he would be a 4-legged garbage disposal if I let him!
• United States
11 Aug 10
If the problem has been ongoing for a year, first of all I'd recommend talking to your local vet about the problem to ensure it's not a more serious issue such as an enlarged prostate gland or tumor near the prostate. Aside from that it looks like you are on the right track diet wise. Mineral oil is a common item used in treating constipation in animals (and humans for that matter). It's an age old remedy that's still viable today. You can get stool softeners such as Laxatone from most of the big pet product warehouses or from your Vet. And of course exercise. Just like in humans if your dog's body doesn't get stimulated his bowels may not either. Hope this helps.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
I took Gus to his doctor last year when this started. I was so upset when I saw blood in his stool! After $300, it was determined that nothing was wrong with him and the vet recommended more water, more exercise, both of which Gus is getting. I think perhaps it's because he's ten years old now--when you get older, animal or human, your bowels get cranky! I can't wait till pumpkin comes back on the market, that stuff worked wonders!
@bunnybon7 (36529)
• Holiday, Florida
11 Aug 10
oh i love you girl, since you love your dog so much. what a great mommy you are. see, ive told some people when ive been concerned over cocos BM's and some act like ive lost my mind. well i just think that us great parents also make great parents for our dogs. im not sure what remedy would be but im liking the fact that you've had responses with great remedies and you also have some. now that food just looks yummy! fit for your little king (baby dog) lol.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
And he positively loves it! Yes, we are looked at as if we're mad when we express such concerns--if it were a child, no one would think twice. But our animals are like children, they are helpless, and they deserve the best that we can give them. Thanks for the good wishes!
@savypat (20246)
• United States
11 Aug 10
Can you get him more exercise? That often helps also. I have found that fiber one helps greatly.
@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
Gus get a boat load of exercise with Cookie, my other dog. Plus, he loves to chase the laser light up and down the stairs. We have a big yard that they run in and lots of cats parading up and down the alley that they run along the fence and chase! In fact, the cats have become used to them and know they can't get out so they sashay past twitching their tails and teasing them! He gets plenty of exercise so I don't know why he has the problem. Cookie eats the same food and she is never constipated. I guess maybe it's his age and his breed. Thanks for the suggestion though. And feeding him fiber has reminded me to increase my own fiber intake.
• United States
11 Aug 10
Very tasty looking. Does he eat such large pieces? I also boil chicken for my dogs and they get that with the broth over their dried food. They love watermelon and get that for "dessert" or as treats.
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@dragon54u (31617)
• United States
11 Aug 10
They aren't really that large usually, I was just in a hurry when I prepared his dinner and cut the pieces into quarters. He actually chews the fruit, he loves it! His favorite is apples and he'll get some pieces of those tonight since he's had such a bad day--he hates rain and thunder and we've had both today.
@eurekafemme (5881)
• Philippines
12 Aug 10
Anything that is fiber rich food will surely combats constipation. As your dog food supplier of the products available to them.I don't own a dog now, but, I used to.9he was killed by strangling...). Whenever there's something wrong with my dog, I always asked the experts advise and that is his vet. Your dog is lucky to have you as its owner. It sounds like you truly care for him.:) God bless you.:)