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Constipation

Constipation

Herbal supplements to gently help relieve constipation and bowel obstructions in dogs and cats.

A healthy digestive tract is critical to overall health and well-being. The digestive health of an animal can impact not only breakdown and absorption of nutrients, but can also have a significant impact on other body systems including the excretory, digestive and immune systems, the liver, kidneys, bone marrow and the endocrine system for its effects on the adrenal and thyroid glands.

Constipation is a common problem of the digestive system for dogs and cats. All animals can suffer from constipation, but it most commonly affects older pets as well as pets exposed to chronic stress. Constipation includes less frequent bowel movements to more difficult passage of stools or a combination. Constipation can cause your pet considerable discomfort and make your pet feel bloated, heavy, sluggish as well as cause serious illness.

Your pet must regularly eliminate waste products to maintain health. If waste is not removed, your animal may become polluted and at risk for more serious diseases and conditions. The colon is the organ in the animal body charged with processing and moving waste, toxins and bacteria through and out of the body.  

When waste materials become clogged inside the colon, constipation occurs. Because the colon walls are very thin, clogged waste material that remains in the colon too long can result in the leakage of harmful toxins and bacteria into the body, compromising health and potentially leading to further complications. If the colon is not in regular use, its strength breaks down and weakens and over time, it will be difficult or unable to move and eliminate waste through your pet’s body.

Long standing constipation can lead to a condition called mega colon; a condition in which a stretched and flaccid colon can no longer contract correctly and requires immediate veterinarian attention.

Signs/symptoms of constipation include:

Abdominal bloating

Cramps or abdominal pain

Hard, compacted stools that are difficult or painful to pass

No bowel movement or the lack of an urge to move bowels

Loss of appetite

Related symptoms of constipation include:

 

Flatulence with the inability to pass a stool

Halitosis

Coated tongue

Nausea

Appetite loss

Diarrhea

Constipation can result from a number of factors and they include:

A diet low in fiber; lacking fiber, fresh fruit and vegetables

Insufficient water

Inactive lifestyle

Stress

Medical conditions including Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism), spinal injury, kidney failure, colon or rectal cancer, excess calcium in the blood, tumors and lesions of the bowel Environmental changes

Pelvic injuries which healed incorrectly

Medications such as antibiotics or corticosteroids

Parasite infestations

Blockages caused by ingested or undigested grass, food or bones

It is important to monitor your pet’s bowel movements and consult your vet immediately if you notice any changes. Your pet should consistently have the same type of bowel movements. Look for any changes in stool color or consistency. It may be more challenging to monitor a dog than a cat since a litter box is easy to monitor.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies are used holistically to promote regular bowel movements, help to ease constipation, promote easier digestion for your animal, maintain the body’s water balance, and to help ease diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and bloating, and to safely and gently expel parasite or other intestinal infestations or infections without the side effects commonly associated with synthetic drugs.

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Other helpful suggestions:

Add high fiber foods such as whole grain oats, wheat bran, rice and fresh vegetables to your pet’s diet

Encourage your pet to drink plenty of fresh water to stimulate the bowels (you may even try adding water to pet food)

Regular exercise such as walking your pet everyday can help to both prevent and relieve constipation

Encourage regular bowel movements for your pet by walking them outside an hour after meals.

Limit foods that contain flour, excess sugar and dairy

Do not exceed a 20% protein limit in your pet’s diet.

Make sure your pet does not have access to objects that may block the colon or bowels (coins, buttons, keys, large bones).

Adding canned pumpkin to your dog’s meal might produce a successful movement but please consult your vet. 

Conventional Remedies:

Various treatments can help to ease the symptoms of constipation and promote a healthy digestive system. Conventional medication, complementary therapy and natural remedies together with a high fiber diet and regular exercise can help keep your pet’s digestive system regular.

If your animal is constipated, conventional laxatives are often prescribed. Giving your pet a mild laxative, if advised by your vet, can solve the problem. However, keep in mind that smaller dogs are likely to require smaller amounts than larger dogs, make sure you get the correct dosage from a professional.

Enemas may also be performed, however are unpleasant, uncomfortable and may cause stress for your pet.

If a blockage is suspected, x-rays may be needed.

 

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