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! There is important information regarding the use of mineral oil for dogs. Find out what you need to know here.
Mineral oil will rob your dog’s body of healthy nutrients. It’s a substance known as a lipid solvent. Mineral oil absorbs the nutrients inside a dogs’ body like a sponge. Internal mechanisms in your dog’s body would 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 a dogs’ body as the substance attaches to their internal linings. 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 canine constipation, 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. Do this gradually since sudden changes to your dog’s diet can lead to diarrhea.
Dehydration is another reason for constipation. Always have fresh water available for your dog. If your K9 is not an avid water drinker, you can place some ice cubes or popsicles in their water bowl.
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 digestive problems. If you have a senior dog, ask your vet for a special diet. 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.
Whatever you do, don’t ever give your dog mineral oil!
While constipation is not generally thought of as a high-risk health problem, it can prove to be very uncomfortable for your dog. If they’re 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, call a vet and ask for an examination.
Be very observant with your dog so you can catch problems early. You know your dog’s health better than anyone. Upon signs of recurring and serious bowel trouble it’s best to leave it to the professionals.
Tips for Constipated Dogs
Aside from choosing a dog food with higher fiber content, try feeding your dog some rice, cereal and oatmeal. All these people foods are high in fiber and are safe for dogs. You can also put some olive oil in your dog’s regular food. Olive oil is safe for dogs, as well as nutritious, and it will usually soften up their stool.
Exercise can be 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
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 furry friend, please make sure that it’s safe.