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Stool Softener for Dogs

If your dog suffers from constipation, your vet may recommend using a stool disinfectant as a temporary measure to move the dog’s intestines again. Your vet will likely recommend a stool softener designed for human use, but with a dose appropriate for your dog. Do not give your dog a stool disinfectant without veterinary advice. Some over-the-counter medications are not suitable for canines, and you need professional guidance on the amount and length of administration.

Good Laxative for a Dog:

  • Psyllium. It works by absorbing water and frequent stools in the colon. It may take 72 hours for a laxative action to occur. Buy psyllium husk powder at the pharmacy, grocery store, or online. Look for the unsweetened, unsweetened psyllium version. The common product for the brand is Metamucil. Dog Doses: twice a day, give 1 teaspoon per 1-10 pounds of dog, 2 teaspoons for dogs 11-30 pounds, 3 teaspoons for dogs over 30 lbs. There is a veterinary product called Vetasyl that comes in tablet form that you can buy online. Psyllium must be given with plenty of water or other fluids to be effective.
  • Canned pumpkin. Use regular canned pumpkin. It contains a high percentage of moisture and fiber. Most dogs also like their taste. You can try giving a tablespoon of dogs up to 20 lbs, two tablespoons of dogs 21-60 lbs and three tablespoons of dogs over 60 lbs. Repeat the dose 2-3 times a day. It’s okay to mix pumpkins with other food.
  • Docusate sodium 100 mg tablets (brands include Colace and Surface). Sodium Docusate is fairly safe to use in dogs but it can cause cramping and diarrhea if too much is given. Be careful if you try it. Do not continue to give repeated doses if they do not work after 24 hours. Dogs dose is 1/4 to 1 in 100 mg (25-100 mg), given orally depending on the size of the dog. It can be given once or twice a day, but if it does not work after 24 hours, take your dog to see a veterinarian. Don’t buy any product that has other ingredients like senna, as it can be very strong for a dog.
  • Stay away from other laxatives designed for humans or mineral oils. Laxatives can cause severe, painful cramps and even diarrhea. Use it only with veterinary supervision. Oral mineral oil can be dangerous due to the risk of suction (inhalation of oil in the lungs).

Constipation in dogs
If your dog is straining to defecate and produces hard dry stools – or has had no bowel movement in two or more days – he or she may be constipated. It is important to know the cause of constipation because treatment depends on the cause. For many dogs, stool softening, diet change and exercise can do the trick. For other dogs, constipation is a sign of a more serious condition, such as hypothyroidism, anal cyst dissolution, perianal fistula, hernia, or even cancer. If the dog has had surgery, the same operation with pain relievers can cause constipation for several days. The veterinarian can determine the cause of the dog’s discomfort and treat it accordingly.

Focus on dogs
Your vet may recommend a stool softener, such as docusate. While it is marketed under many brand names in general, it is likely known as the Colace. The FDA allows veterinarians as an “off-label” or “off-label” use. Concentration works by letting fat and water penetrate the food into the dog’s digestive system and loosening fecal material. Avoid giving medication to dried dogs. Use only as directed by your veterinarian. Improper use can lead to diarrhea and cramping.

Stool softeners
Instead of prescribing medications, your veterinarian may recommend dietary changes that contain natural stool softeners. Your veterinarian may also recommend these changes after your dog uses stool softeners for a short period and is “normal” again. These changes include adding more fiber to the diet, such as helping canned pumpkin daily. Your veterinarian can also prescribe dog food that is high in fiber. You may recommend adding psyllium, which is marketed under the brand name Metamucil, to your dog’s food.

Additional treatment
Sometimes a stool softener alone is not appropriate for treating dog constipation problems. Your veterinarian may give an enema to your dog – something that you should not try to do on your own, as the risk of harming your dog is very high. A dog’s age, the large intestine can lose its movement, causing fecal impaction. If this is the case, your veterinarian can prescribe a medication that helps shrink your large intestine.

Can dogs take human stool softeners?
Stool disinfectant. Docusate sodium is a pet medicine for dogs and cats that acts as a stool softener. Sodium Docoset can be given daily to dogs and cats. Docusate Sodium smoothes hard and dry stools for comfortable scrolling.

How much stool softener can I give to my dog?
The dog’s right dose is 1 teaspoon per 11 lbs (5 kg). However, you should never administer the oil orally; if it ends up in the lungs, which can happen easily, it can cause pneumonia. Your veterinarian may also recommend stool softeners as well as fiber supplements to aid intestinal transit.