Constipated Cocker Spaniel!
(Sioux, LA. United States of America)
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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