As a pup parent, you may have experienced those annoying situations where your pooch seems too occupied to poop. He may be off sniffing bushes or simply just won’t relieve himself. This can cause frustration, especially if the weather is bad or you’re running late for work.
While it isn’t uncommon for canines to take a long time before pooping, it may be a symptom of an underlying health or behavioral condition. Constipation delays the process. Your pet may also be curious about his new surroundings and investigating things before squatting.
If you want your dog to poop quickly, here are six effective ways to encourage him to do so.
1. The Ice Cube Technique
Using ice cubes is an easy way to relieve dogs suffering from constipation. What you’ll need are some ice cubes and a pair of disposable gloves. Before taking your pet outside, firmly embrace him and make him feel comfortable in your lap. Put on the gloves and gently lift your pet’s tail, using your fingers to clear his anal pathway. Insert the ice cube slowly into your dog’s sphincter and keep it in place for about 30 seconds. Your dog will attempt to shove the uncomfortable cube from him, leading to contraction. After he pushes out the ice cube, he’s also bound to push out some poo.
2. Feed Him Canned Pumpkin
Canned pumpkin is high in water and fiber and will encourage your dog to go. Never feed your pet pumpkin pie filling or puree, as both contain added sugar. Treat your dog to one teaspoon of the canned pumpkin per 10 pounds of his body weight. Coconut oil and olive oil also work.
3. The Squeezing Method
Before attempting this method, prepare yourself for one unhappy pooch. While he may love to be petted, he’s not going to like having feces forced out of his anal canal. Put on a pair of clean disposable gloves. Using your fingertips, gently yet firmly press soft tissues around your pet’s anus. Firmly holding the tissue and holding your forefinger and thumb about 1 ½ inches apart, gently press inward, stimulating the rectum opening.
4. Gastrointestinal Dog Food
Promote digestive health by feeding your dog gastrointestinal dog food. The prebiotics help support healthy gut bacteria while the dietary fibers encourage regular bowel movements. Not only will your pooch love the taste, he’ll love how comfortable his tummy feels.
5. Squirting Stimulation
Squirting water into the anus will stimulate bowel movements and quickly relieve a constipated pup. While your pet may initially cringe at the cool water, he’ll be happy you’ve helped him out. Using a squirt bottle, squirt cool water at your dog’s butt. Make sure the pressure level and temperature isn’t hurting him. Repeat until your dog starts to poop.
6. Switch to Canned Dog Food
Feeding your pet canned food can help him with his constipation troubles. Canned dog foods will add natural moisture to your pup’s body, helping to make digestion and excretion a breeze.
Remedies to Avoid
Avoid these remedies when trying to get your dog to poop quicker:
From dietary techniques to physical stimulation methods, you can help your pup to pass his stools quicker and alleviate constipation pain.
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