Constipation and Dogs

Guest Post: Elliot Harvey’s Natural Health Column:

Many dog owners are familiar with pets getting diarrhea but have less experience with constipation. Dog constipation occurs when there isn’t enough fiber or water consumption in the pet's system to adequately eliminate waste products in a timely manner. There can be other factors which we will also discuss.

A dog may try to poop, keeps straining and nothing happens or the stool is dry and hard due to waste staying to long in dog’s colon and all the moisture is absorbed prior to defecating.

Megacolon is a chronic condition where the pet’s large intestine has been stretched too far and becomes ineffective.

Major Reasons for Canine Constipation:

  • Low fiber meals causing slow peristaltic muscles
  • Out of balance intestinal flora
  • Magnesium or Folic Acid deficiency
  • Dehydration, not consuming sufficient amounts of water- major cause
  • Lack of exercise
  • Changing foods
  • Eating rocks, sticks, clothing, shoelaces, large bone treat, large bully stick, pigs ear, or any foreign object
  • Intestinal obstruction, including tumors
  • Stress
  • Infected  and / or swollen anal glands
  • Hernia
  • Lack of B-Complex Vitamins

Do not allow dog to have constipation more than 2 days.


1. Exercise pet briskly
2. Adding dietary fiber to meals:

  • Flaxseed Powder- adds mucilaginous fiber
  • Dark green leafy vegetables
  • Coconut fiber
  • Fish Oil
  • Canned Pumpkin
  • Papaya
  • Apples
  • 3. Probiotics and Digestive Enzymes- a good product is eNZYmes Pro plus. Can help balance intestinal flora
    4. Organic Aloe Vera juice
    5. Massage Therapy
    6. Herbs: Dandelion root, Senna, Cascara Sagrada, Boldo


  • Laxatives
  • Mineral Oil
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    Do you have have any experience with canine constipation? Tell us about it in the comments!

    This post was written by Elliot Harvey MH of (Pet Assure customers receive a 15% discount on products at by entering coupon code PA-03.)  Author of “The Healthy Wholistic Dog,” Elliot has years of experience in animal health and wellness. Pet Assure is not affiliated with and does not endorse Great Life Performance Pet Products. Pet Assure is presenting this guest post for the benefit of its readers and retains no financial interest in any future transactions.

    Elliot Harvey

    About Elliot Harvey

    Elliott Harvey MH is the author of the natural healing book "The Healthy Wholistic Dog." He founded Great Life Performance Pet Products in 1996 to provide quality pet products based on nutritional and field studies. Elliott is a contributing writer for Animal Wellness Magazine and a consultant to Pet Product News. He utilizes his experience in natural health and wellness to write for Pet Assure on a monthly basis.

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