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Recently both my dog and cat have had to go to the vet and they both were severely constipated.?

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May 22, 2019 / By Benoni
Question: Both my dog and cat have recently had problems where I had to take them to the vet and they both ended up severely constipated. They don't eat the same food (dog eats wet dog food, cat eats dry cat food). I've been putting olive oil and vitamin C in the dog's food and that hasn't helped with her bowel movements; I've also tried pumpkin. Does anyone have any suggestions so that they won't get constipated again?
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Abiel Abiel | 4 days ago
What are the main causes of constipation in pets? The most common cause of constipation in pets is an incorrect diet. A lack of fiber (and sometimes excessive fiber) can be a problem as well as indigestible bones which can be swallowed and produce a cork-like blockage in the digestive tract. Other causes of constipation include worm infestation, lack of exercise and furballs (in cats). Symptoms of bladder infections (such as straining) can also sometimes be mistaken for constipation. Constipation can lead to a build up of toxins, which can cause numerous health problems. If your pet suffers from chronic constipation, then it is important to treat the condition holistically. Diet is the key element in the treatment and prevention of constipation. Use herbal remedies and dietary supplements that are specifically aimed at maintaining bowel and digestive health, reduce reliance on dried and processed food, provide lots of fresh water and include roughage and fiber in your pet’s diet to help prevent and treat constipation effectively and naturally. As part of a holistic approach to treating your pet, natural herbal remedies and dietary supplements also help to build and strengthen your pet’s immune system, encourage the elimination of toxins, and generally improve the overall health of your animal. 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.
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Abiel Originally Answered: I need to know what to do with a severely constipated dog?
If you think he might have eaten out of the dumpster, I would take him over to the vets. Many dogs get poisoned or eat rotten food and really have no way to get it out of their system. He is acting unusual, hiding in a corner, and not behaving the way he normally does. You don't need to change his food up quickly (that could give him the runs) but as others had suggested add pumpkin to his diet (not the pumpkin mix which also adds baking soda to it) but just plain old pumpkin or a banana. You can also change it up to chicken and rice until his digestion gets better. In the meantime, get him looked at - the vet can also recommend food for him for his digestion. Libby Mitchell Fetch Pet Care of NE Dallas www.fetchpetcare.com [email protected]
Abiel Originally Answered: I need to know what to do with a severely constipated dog?
If the things the other posters suggested don't work, talk to the vet and ask if they could do an enema - that will Definitely fix it. After that, I'd suggest, like you're thinking, of switching to the wet food for a week or two. However, he should be fine on kibble, as long as it's a good quality brand. Good ones are Orijen, Acana, wellness, evo, innova, etc. Check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com for a list of them - best are 6 star brands. It also has a lot of really good information about nutrition.

Sienna Sienna
I'm not too informed on dogs, but I know the vet frowns on wet cat food. My cat has the same problem periodically. I give him the pumpkin and squash at times, but i have to mix it with a tiny bit of wet cat food because he won't touch it otherwise. http://www.lambertvetsupply.com/Cat-Kitten-Hairball-Remedies.php Try that website. I also give my cat the laxatone and that seems to help. All you need is a tiny bit, between a pea size and dime size for a cat. They also love the taste... I have the original and that seems to be just fine. A lot also has to do with how old your pets are. If they are a bit more aged, then this isn't that uncommon for older pets. I would also make sure to brush them more often. I know with cats, the hairballs can cause a lot more constipation. Because I am not informed much about dogs, I found this website to be helpful! http://www.squidoo.com/HomeRemediesForDogConstipation/ Good luck with your babies!! :)
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Philis Philis
Are they both drinking enough water? I have the Drinkwell pet fountain for my two cats and I cannot say enough good things about it. My cats drink more than enough water a day, that aids in digestion and also helps keep them healthy. That may be the simplest thing you could try right now before altering their food, as that may cause more issues.
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Philis Originally Answered: Severely constipated cat?
If you suspect that he is that severely constipated then the kindest thing you can do is to take him to your vet, have him diagnosed as such and treated in the clinic. The vet can handle the problem - sometimes the best thing is light sedation while manually helping him. This results in him being in the best place with the results that can be very messy. The vet usually keeps him in the clinic until finished and they can give him a good bath (even partial bath) afterwards. Do not try this at home. I also believe that the fleets enema may have an ingredient that is not good for cats. One more consideration...since this is a male make sure that he is urinating okay. Sometimes clients think the cat is constipated when in fact a male cat is actually urinary blocked. It is sometimes hard to tell the difference.

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