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Constipation treatment generally consists of providing your dog or cat's body with what it needs to better digest food and assist waste to more efficiently move through the digestive tract. We have had tremendous success when using a high-quality whole food diet, whole food vitamin supplements and organic herbal remedies when treating numerous different health challenges and believe our success is much greater than is often attained using pharmaceutical drugs and synthetic vitamin supplements recommended elsewhere.

Dog and Cat Constipation Holistic Remedies

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 contact us by email if you have any questions or just use our toll free number 888-683-3339 during normal business hours. We provide free telephone consultations and are here to help!

Standard Veterinary Medicine Approach

Medications such as dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate or lactulose are commonly prescribed. In cases where stimulant laxatives are required, drugs such as cisapride or tegaserod, may be recommended. Some dogs may require hospitalization while undergoing multiple enemas or to replace fluids to correct dehydration. If the constipation is allowed to progress a veterinarian may need to loosen or remove the impacted, hardened fecal matter. Removal may be accomplished through the use of one or a combination of therapies, including enemas, suppositories, manual removal, and medications. More serious conditions may require additional treatments, including surgery or lifelong medical or dietary management. This is all rather easily avoided with a more natural approach.

When to Bring Your Dog or Cat to the Vet

Bring your dog or cat to the vet if they do not have a bowel movement in 48 hours. Normally, animals have one bowel movement for each meal they consume daily. For most animals this means two bowel movements per day would be normal.

Natural Protocol Goal

The goal of our Natural Constipation Protocol is to provide a better quality diet for your dog or cat that is higher in moisture and easier for them to digest. One of the primary reasons for constipation is dehydration and no wonder that is so common when you realize that the moisture content of a kibble diet is 10% max (closer to 5%) while a more natural raw diet provides around 75% moisture content! In addition, we want to provide digestive support to make sure food is more completely digested along with soluble fibers and herbs that will retain moisture and lubricate the digestive tract to promote healthy elimination and prevent future constipation issues.

Our Natural Constipation Protocol

Core Recommendations Suggested products (excluding food) are included in the Core Constipation Package found below.

Our "Core Recommendations" form the foundation of our Natural Constipation Protocol. They consist of diet suggestions and supplement recommendations and are what we feel are the most important to provide to your animal companion for this condition. They are displayed individually or as a package at the bottom of this page along with other helpful products from which you may make additional selections. Pet foods can be purchased at your finer, local pet stores. As always, we are here to help and you may contact us by phone or email if you need more individualized attention.

Core Recommendation #1 - Whole Food Nutrition

With a condition like Constipation we highly recommend a raw food diet. Raw food is how carnivores, like canines and felines, have evolved to eat and they do best on a high protein, moderate fat, low carbohydrate diet with sufficient moisture. This is, unfortunately, the opposite of how most pets are fed since the majority of commercial diets are low protein, low moisture with 50% or more carbohydrates. If you do not want to feed raw, or can't for some reason, then sticking as close to whole food as possible, like a home-prepared diet (please educate yourself properly before you attempt this!) is next best. A high-quality, meat based canned food can also be a good option, especially for cats, because of canned foods' high moisture content. An animal that suffers with recurring bouts of constipation is almost certainly having problems digesting kibble pet food. For more information read our articles How to Feed Your Dog or How to Feed Your Cat that can be found in our Education section.

Core Recommendation #2 - Daily Multi Complete for Dogs and Cats

This special product was formulated with natural and organic whole foods to form the foundation of an animals' nutritional needs. Combined with a high-quality diet it provides the enzymes, probiotics, prebiotics, glandular support, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients needed to support healthy digestion and a strong immune system as well as the body's daily maintenance and repair needs for healthy aging. When animals have imbalances, like Constipation, other supplements can be added in to help with the special needs of that particular animal.

Core Recommendation #3 - Constipation Relief for Dogs and Cats

Constipation is generally the result of poor motility (waste movement through the digestive tract) related to dehydration, poor diet, poor digestion or a sedentary lifestyle. We would like to address all of these issues, but with this supplement we will address what is happening in the digestive tract in the case 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

Other Recommendations

Herbal Digestive Tonic

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 alone. We prefer our Herbal Digestive Tonic for this purpose because it is formulated with herbal bitters that stimulate digestive secretions to super-charge digestion.

Biopreparation Microalgae for Dogs and Cats

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. Because of this we want to provide your animal with high quality, natural antioxidants to neutralize these free radicals along with providing other whole food 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. This special blend of four microalgae has numerous beneficial effects on the body including their ability to balance the endocrine system and, because they are microalgae, they are able to cross the blood brain and blood retinal barriers to nurture the hypothalamus (brain) and eyes.

Healthy Levels of Exercise

Constipation can be related to a number of things as previously discussed. Included in those possibilities is a sedentary lifestyle. Exercise can help aid the movement of waste through the digestive tract by naturally aiding the wave-like, smooth muscle contractions (peristalsis) that move waste along. Exercise can be as simple as walks that are suited to your dog's fitness level or throwing a ball every evening. For cats, getting a little feather teaser on a pole, or similar toy, and letting your cat chase this as you walk around the house can be very beneficial.

Healthy Levels of Moisture

We alluded to this in the diet portion above. A raw food diet will provide sufficient moisture, but your dog must have access to fresh water daily especially if he has a higher activity level. Make sure the water is free of impurities, so have it checked and use a high quality carbon filter if needed. Municipal water supplies use chlorine and this chemical can be very unhealthy and should be filtered out. Cats have evolved from desert animals so they will drink very little water and obtain the majority of their moisture needs from their diet - this is why kibble foods can be so damaging to cats. With dogs you can add some water to their meals with cats this is very hard to do. Felines will thrive on a raw food diet or high-quality meat based canned food diet with a digestive supplement (found in our Daily Multi Complete).


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