Constipation

We deal with problems like Constipation frequently with numerous clients from all over the country. Our experience with issues like this has helped us become one of the few places people can go for answers to help solve tough issues with their dogs and cats.

We have helped hundreds of animals just like yours - it is what we do! See what others have to say about us by reading some of The Pet Health and Nutrition Center Testimonials. Feel free to request a Personal Online Consultation or contact The Pet Health and Nutrition Center if you have any questions. We are here to help!

Our Natural Constipation Protocol

From our experience there is no single miracle cure for a particular disease state. That is why we use a variety of supplements that all have different effects on the body to produce resolution of the imbalance. The important thing here is that they are TRULY all-natural, whole food nutrients that require little energy by the body to utilize, provide a big nutritional punch and have no scary side-effects! This is especially true when dealing with sometimes hard to alleviate conditions.

Recommendation #1 - Support and Soothe the Digestive Tract

Constipation is generally the result of poor motility related to dehydration, poor diet, poor digestion or a sedentary lifestyle. We would like to address all of these issues, but our first course of action is to address what is happening in the digestive tract with all cases of constipation. This involves the following:

  • Support the secretion of bile by the liver and gallbladder that acts as a gentle, natural laxative
  • Increase transit time through the digestive tract so we get less hard stool
  • Create bulk to help stimulate peristalsis (natural muscle contractions)
  • Retain moisture since constipation can be caused by dehydration
  • Replace beneficial bacteria that have been shown in studies to help eliminate constipation

Product recommendation:

Constipation Relief Formula for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #2 - Improve Digestion with Plant Enzymes and Probiotics

Since constipation can have many causes, we can not be certain what causes this condition in your dog or cat. But one thing we can be certain of is that promoting better digestion and maintaining thriving colonies of beneficial flora lining the digestive tract will result in a healthier dog or cat. Enzymes will help your animal digest their food quicker and more thoroughly and probiotics have numerous benefits for not only better digestion but a healthier immune system and protection against invading organisms.

Product recommendation:

Enzymes and Probiotics for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #3 - Acidify the Gut for Optimum Digestion

Many animals we see are having problems with hypochloridia, or low stomach acid output. Feeding a kibble diet raises the alkalinity of your pet's stomach resulting in incomplete digestion, but dogs and cats can have problems properly digesting other foods as well. This contributes to many imbalances in the body. In order to acidify the gut many people use apple cider vinegar. We prefer our Probiotic Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is rich in lactic acid that creates an optimal environment for digestion as opposed to acetic acid in apple cider vinegar.

Product recommendation:

Probiotic Digestive Tonic for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #4 - Provide Whole Food Nutrients and Antioxidants

When your dog or cat is suffering with an imbalance there will be an increase in free radical production that can further damage tissue and cause premature aging and possibly other disease. So, we want to provide your animal with high quality antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals and other nutrients to aid the body's healing and rebuilding processes. Nutrients from whole food sources are more readily utilized by your pet's body and don't place an extra burden on the liver and kidneys as do synthetic vitamins and minerals.

Product Recommendation:

Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats

and/or one of the following:

Male Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats

Female Vitality Multivitamin for Dogs and Cats

Recommendation #5 - Provide a Healthy Diet

Diet plays an important role in your animal's long term health. Feeding a raw whole food diet is the biologically appropriate way to feed an animal. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible is always best. An animal that suffers with recurring bouts of constipation is almost certainly having problems digesting kibble pet food.

View our recommendations here:

How to Feed Your Dog

How to Feed Your Cat

If this all seems complicated, and you would like personal guidance dealing with constipation for your dog or cat, we would be happy to help. Philip is a Master Herbalist who specializes in conditions such as this. He will provide you with a holistic protocol specifically for your animal. If you would like personal guidance please click here: Pet Health Consultation.

Our High Potency Digestive Enzyme and Probiotic Formula has been created specifically for dogs and cats. It is formulated with higher amounts of the enzymes and probiotics needed to help your animals properly digest raw food, kibble, canned and home-prepared diets. This is a superior enzyme formula with 13 specialized enzyme strains and the addition of 5 billion CFU per gram of 13 species of beneficial bacteria.


Our Liquid Probiotic Formula ushers in a new era of probiotic supplementation for dogs and cats. This pet probiotic supplement features 12 live and active lactic acid probiotic cultures. These cultures are not freeze-dried, as with most probiotic supplements, but instead are living and thriving in a nutrient rich lactic acid liquid known as a microbial consortia.

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Our Systemic Enzyme Formula was developed after years of work with systemic enzymes on various pet and human imbalances such as arthritis, injury, allergies and candida. This special formula is one-of-a-kind, there is nothing else quite like it on the human or pet market. It contains a blend of enzymes that will work to help with a number of different challenges that many animals will unfortunately experience in their life times.


We provide you with the finest food-grade Diatomaceous Earth Powder for your Dogs and Cats. Our food grade diatomaceous earth comes from the finest fresh water deposits, to offer you the best quality diatomaceous earth. Food grade diatomaceous earth meets very strict regulations in terms of crystalline silica (must be less that 1%) and heavy metal content, making it safe for your dogs and cats to consume.


Nordic Naturals Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplement for Pets contains the health-promoting and anti-inflammatory Omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA derived from 100% wild anchovies and sardines. These nutrients are important for supporting healthy skin, coat, joints, brain, heart, and eye health. Convenient at home or when traveling. Product of Norway.


BioPreparation
  $25.95

BioPreparation is a very special nutritional supplement for animals FAR superior to ordinary manufactured vitamin supplements! This is the original formula developed and tested with over 20 animal species in Russia.  An all-natural, whole food product composed with four of the most nutrient dense algae found on earth.


Our Male Daily Vitality Blend is the finest organic, all-natural, multivitamin and antioxidant formula available for your dogs and cats. In addition to the organic, whole food ingredients that provide tonifying support for individual organ systems, is a specific herb called Saw Palmetto (Serenoa repens) included specifically to support balanced hormone levels in your male companion. We prefer getting nutrition from whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamins for many reasons, and this formula does just that!


Our Female Daily Vitality Blend is the finest organic, all-natural, multivitamin and antioxidant formula available for your dogs and cats. In addition to the organic, whole food ingredients that provide tonifying support for individual organ systems, are two specific herbs called Black cohosh root (Cimicifuga racemosa) and Vitex (Vitex agnus-castus) included specifically to support balanced hormone levels in your female companion. We prefer getting nutrition from whole foods as opposed to synthetic vitamins for many reasons, and this formula does just that!