How to Administer Mineral Oil to Dogs

By Mal Van Valkenburg

Mineral oil is given to dogs to use as a mild laxative. As a general rule, mineral oil is safe and easy to administer to your dog. It is also effective in helping constipation. There are just a few simple rules to follow to give your dog mineral oil.


How Much Mineral Oil


Step 1

For smaller dogs, under 25 pounds, give one teaspoon. For slightly larger dogs, 25 to 50 pounds, give a tablespoon. Larger dogs, 50 to 100 pounds, give 2 tablespoons.

Step 2

Get some of your dog's food and add the correct amount of mineral oil to the food and let the dog eat it.

Step 3

If he will not eat his regular food, you may need to get some raw meat or a similar piece of food that he will ingest and add the oil to the food.


Step 4

As a last resort, if the earlier methods fail, you can use a bulb syringe for large dogs or an eye dropper for smaller dogs. You can fill them with mineral oil and give them an enema. This should help with the constipation.