Constipated Cocker Spaniel!

by Chris
(Sioux, LA. United States of America)

Constipated Cocker Spaniel

Constipated Cocker Spaniel

My cocker spaniel has a hard time going #2 sometimes but it becomes a major problem when she gets so bound up that she gets physically ill.

I took her to the vet and found out she has colitis. Isn't there some kind of puppy laxitive I can give to her?

Reply from Pauline (Web Owner)

I'm assuming that your cocker is not suffering from a medical condition, (other than constipation) otherwise you would have mentioned it.

If your vet didn't prescribe a laxative, or recommend anything, then I wouldn't use one. Instead, I'd try modifying your dog's diet.

Just like us humans, the cocker spaniel diet should be a healthy mix of nutrition: the right balance of protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals and oils.

No junk food - bread, cakes, pizza - as you will only be making the situation worse. (Yes, we're all guilty of (occasionally) feeding our cockers such table scraps.)

You could ask your vet to recommend something for her, or you could increase her fiber and liquid intake which will work as a natural laxative for your dog.

Adding bran or a few drops of mineral oil to your dog's food may help to alleviate her constipation.

You can also include a few fresh vegetables to her food to help with her constipation.

Additionally, if she's fed kibble, try adding a few drops of water to moisten the biscuits.

A healthy diet, coupled with plenty of fresh drinking water and lots of exercise will help to keep your cocker spaniel fit, regular and healthy.

After a week or so, you should see an improvement in your cocker's bowel movements. However, if the constipation continues, I'd suggest you go back to your vet and let him know as continued constipation could be a sign of a blockage.

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by: Anonymous

You could try feeding your dog a little cooked, mashed pumpkin or steamed cabbage leaves. I don't recommend lots. Start with a little, perhaps a tablespoon in with his food for 3 days. If nothing happens, increase it to two tablespoons for the next 3 days.

If that doesn't work, try the cabbage in the same doses. You should see results from one of them.

If you don't, you may have to resort to using laxatives.

Whatever you do though, don't give him any laxatives meant for humans.

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