For some people, taking some mineral oil when constipated can be helpful. The oil serves as a wax making bowel movements less straining. If you see your dog experiencing constipation problems you might consider helping them with the same substance.
Stop! Before doing so, find out first if mineral oil is safe for your pet dog or not. Don’t make a big mistake! There is important information here that you need to know.
Mineral oil will rob your dog’s body of healthy nutrients. It is a substance known as a lipid solvent. Mineral oil absorbs the nutrients inside a dogs’ body just like a sponge. The internal mechanisms in your dog’s body will be disrupted as the mineral oil interferes with the normal absorption processes. Constipation could then be the least of your dog’s troubles.
Can I Give My Dog Mineral Oil? Answer: No
Unfortunately, mineral oil is stored permanently inside the dog’s body as the substance attaches to the inner linings of the dog’s system. This is one of the worst things you can give your dog if they are constipated.
Using it can lead to serious inflammations such as granuloma (a type of skin inflammation).
Causes of Constipation
Instead of finding ways to treat constipation in dogs, try to avoid situations that can lead to your pet’s constipation in the first place. A diet without sufficient fiber can be the main cause of this problem. Try switching to a new diet, or better dog food, that has more fiber content. Do this gradually as sudden changes to your dog’s diet can lead to diarrhea.
Dehydration is another reason for constipation. You should always have fresh water available for your pet dog. If your K9 is not an avid water drinker, you can place some ice cubes or popsicles in your pet dog’s water container. Dogs usually like drinking cold water and this will encourage them to consume more. Sometimes you have to get creative but in a safe way.
Old age also plays a big role in constipation problems. If you have a senior dog, ask your vet for a special diet that’s high in fiber. Poor digestion in older dogs can often show up as constipation but again, mineral oil is out of the question.
In rare cases, constipation can be traced to obstructed intestines. If you suspect that your canine may be suffering from this condition, take your dog to a vet as soon as possible. An x-ray may be needed to find out for sure if there is some intestinal blockage. Unfortunately, such a visit to the veterinarian can be expensive. More and more people, if they can, are setting aside funds in advance for K9 healthcare or obtaining health insurance for their dogs.
While constipation is not generally thought of as a high-risk health problem, it can prove to be very uncomfortable for your dog. If you see that your canine is straining while trying to defecate, they could be suffering from severe constipation. Sometimes your dog won’t be able to poop at all in spite of straining. There could be some very hard and solid stools backing them up.
If the constipation problem doesn’t improve in a couple of days, it would be wise to call a vet and ask for an examination.
Be very observant with your pet dog so you can catch problems early. You know your dog’s health better than anyone. Upon signs of serious trouble it’s best to call a vet. Other routine problems such as simple first aid treatment can be undertaken at home depending on your skill.
Tips for Constipated Dogs
Aside from choosing a dog food with higher fiber content, you can also feed your dog some rice, cereal and oatmeal. All these people foods are high in fiber and are proven to be safe for dogs. You can also put some olive oil in your dog’s regular food. Olive oil is known to be safe for dogs, as well as nutritious, and it will usually soften up their stool.
Exercising is also good for dogs suffering from constipation. Allow your dog to play as a form of exercise. It can stimulate them to poop more regularly in addition to all the other health benefits.
Choose the Right Type of Oil
As you can see, some types of oil that people normally consume are very harmful to dogs such as mineral oil. Others are safe like olive oil which is why knowledge is so critical for dog ownership. Before giving any type of oil to your canine friend, please make sure that it is safe first.