Constipation in dogs presents itself for many reasons and can be acute and become chronic. A dog might simply hold himself due to not having a clean place to go or even because of stress. There might be lacking fiber or water in the diet or eating too many raw bones. A lack of exercise can cause constipation or it can be a symptom of a serious illness. The longer the stool stays in the colon, the harder and dryer it gets. It becomes more and more difficult to expel.
Homeopathic remedies for constipation
Nux vomica 6C
Use when constipation is due to an emotional upset, poor quality food, liver might be involved, when the dog is straining and only a small amount is passed, irritable, there may be nausea and vomiting
The main symptoms are red anus, chronic constipation and itchy skin.
The stools are usually large, dark in color, hard and very dry. The dog is aggravated by motion. They are very thirsty.
Plumbum metallicum 30C
Stools are black and lumpy, may vomit bile or stools, muscle weakness, colic pain
The constipation is chronic and the stools are black in color. They have no desire to expel stools. Lethargic and tiredness.
Lycopodium Clavatum 200C
There is constipation alternating with diarrhea, dog may have a lot of gas, use if constipation is due to being away from home
Use when stools are partly expelled or slips back in, anus might be red, stools cannot pass because they are too large
Natrum muriacuticum 6C
Use when dog doesn’t even try to have a bowel movement, dog is thirsty, very inactive, constipation alternating with diarrhea, dandruff on skin, usually the cause is emotional (sadness, grief, fright, anger)
1 dose a day for 2 weeks, gradually decrease dosage if there is less constipation
Feed dog high quality food if wet food is not a possibility. Otherwise feed dog raw meat and vegetables or high quality wet food in can. Add 1/8 teaspoon for every ten pound weight of slippery elm powder into the food every day. Start skipping days as the constipation issue gets better. To encourage drinking, prepare some homemade chicken or fish broth. To help digestion, adding some enzymes will help.
To keep the bowel muscles tone and fit, let dog exercise, daily walking or running is recommended.