Can I Give My Dog Prunes?

Can I Give My Dog Prunes?If you’re dog’s been backed up lately, you might be considering giving them prunes to get things moving again. Prunes are effective in humans for keeping bowel movements regular, but should they be given to dogs? And how about prune juice?

Dogs are known to get into pretty much anything, and they’re not very discerning about what goes into their mouths. They can’t really touch and feel things to get an idea of what they are, so a dog’s primary way of figuring out the world is my sniffing, licking, and eating stuff. If it can go into the mouth, it’s fair game, unless it’s something that doesn’t taste good.

So when your dog eats something they shouldn’t, and they’re showing signs of straining to go, it’s normal to be concerned and try to help. Constipation can also occur in dogs if you’ve changed their dog food brand, or started to change up their normal eating times. That’s why it’s important to feed them the same brand food at the same time every day.

Can I Give My Dog Prunes? Answer: Not Recommended

Prunes as we know them don’t really occur naturally, and therefore a dog would not eat them if they were on their own in the wild.

Therefore, their bodies aren’t really ready to take on the effects of eating a prune or drinking prune juice. It could take the situation from one extreme to another, making them go from constipated to having diarrhea. That being said, it’s not as if it will harm them if they eat one dried prune or so.

The best method to deal with a dog’s digestion problems is patience. They have a quick metabolism, so most any problem they are experiencing, especially constipation, will resolve itself soon enough. Adding things like prunes or other laxative type solutions only adds confusion to their otherwise simple digestive process. It’s hard to be patient when your dog is suffering, but most times it’s best just to turn a blind eye and let nature run its course.

Prunes and Plums

Prunes and plums are not the same thing, although they are closely related. The plums they use to make prunes with are easier to dry out, and contain more fiber than other varieties of plum, which gives prunes their reputation as something to take if you’re constipated.

Feeding your dog a fresh plum is different then giving them dried prunes. When fruits get dried out like that, the flavors get concentrated, and the effects of the fiber are more pronounced. Fresh fruit is something that dogs can have, for the most part.

Regarding Prune Juice

Prune Juice is not something you should give your dog either. Just stick to water. Water will help them stay regular because it keeps all of their internal organs well lubricated, and it helps the food they eat move through their body and out the other end. Any other liquid besides water will only dehydrate your dog, and lead to further constipation, even with the added fiber.

Other Constipation Remedies

So if prunes and prune juice isn’t really the best thing for a constipated dog, what else can you give them. You don’t want to go the over the counter route because this is even worse than something all natural like prunes. Some owners give their dog cooked rice to help move things along, and this seems like one of the better options out there.

Most of the time the best action to take is to take no action. If you are bent on giving them something, cooked rice or mashed up pumpkin is a better constipation remedy.

If you feel something is obstructing your dog’s bowels you’ll need to contact the vet. You don’t want to be treating your dog for constipation if you suspect they’ve swallowed something that’s now lodged in their system. Of course, follow your vet’s advice if they recommend prunes or prune juice for your dog.

We have to speak in generalities here, but your vet will know your dog’s medical history, specific breed, size, and you’ll be able to fill them in on the exact details of what symptoms your dog is exhibiting.

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Bris February 12, 2015

This was very helpful for me. My dog is over 12 years old and I worry about him. He is an energetic dog. I adopted him from the humane shelter and they were not sure of his age in 2013 but thought he was a Shih Tzu and Lhasa Apso mix. I have been feeding him canned puppy food, plain yogurt and mushroom pieces. He is doing better with walking and sleeping. So glad I have found this info for him. Thank you.

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Lisa November 10, 2014

I started giving my dog preservative-free prunes for the fiber due to anal gland problems. I read many reports stating it would help anal gland issues naturally, instead of constantly reoccurring problems.

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Nancy October 7, 2014

We have a very large Lab. My doctor told me to start eating a couple prunes a day (lots of fiber) so I tried a tiny piece on Duke and he likes them. Never heard of the pumpkin before but this is the time of year for pumpkins. Thanks for the information.

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Adriana February 13, 2013

Once my Chihuahua dog (Buddy Bear) was constipated. I noticed on the first day he was struggling to go. I went to the store and had bought prunes, but it was Gerber baby food. The prunes that come in a small container. I also bought him canned food. First, I gave him a little bit of canned food, then I mixed some canned food with the prunes. I ended up giving him half the container. He ate it and I also made sure he was drinking enough water.

After two hours he had went to the bathroom, at ease not struggling. So for dinner I gave him the other half of the prunes and mixed it up with can food. The next day he had no struggle at all. Now I’ve started to give him wet and dry food when he eats, and the wet food helps him not get constipated. Even though it cost more to buy cans, I would rather him be constipation free. He is now one happy dog running around. Thanks for reading and I hope my information helped.

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