A Natural Laxative or Stool Softener for Young Puppies

By Shaunta Alburger

If your puppy is constipated, he doesn't feel good. His belly ache will go away, however, with the help of a natural laxative or stool softener. Puppy's system isn't so different from yours. The food he eats can help regulate his stools, and the way he processes that food makes all the difference.

Pumpkin

Just like with human beings, when puppies become constipated the most natural type of treatment is food. One of the best and safest sources of fibrous food is pumpkin. Add a couple of teaspoons of canned pumpkin to their food, and the fiber will soften their stool and act as a laxative. The fiber in pumpkin absorbs water and so is also a good remedy for diarrhea for your puppy. Use pure canned pumpkin, not canned pumpkin pie filling.

Mineral Oil

Another way to get and keep your puppy's system running smoothly is lubrication. Mineral oil added to the dog's diet will lubricate his colon and make defecating easier. This is one remedy that, while natural, should be monitored by a doctor. The amount and frequency of dosing with mineral oil should be prescribed and followed to the letter to avoid making the puppy sick.

Fiber

Fiber is an excellent laxative for puppies. Add some to his diet, and you're puppy's system will be back to its best functioning before you know it. Try adding a handful of dry bran cereal to the dog's food. Another idea is to purchase a fiber supplement made for humans and add it to the dog's food. Consult a veterinarian prior to dosing your dog with these over-the-counter products. A low-ash, highly digestible diet will help reduce the size of your puppy's stool, which will help the fiber do its job.

Milk

Puppies don't digest cow's milk very well. It normally causes diarrhea, but in a dog that is constipated, it can act as a natural laxative. If your puppy won't drink the milk straight, mix one-quarter to one-half cup into his food or water. Dosing your dog with milk once a day for two or three days should ease the constipation.