Many pet parents know the struggle of a dog that takes forever or fails entirely to relieve itself. For a busy dog owner, sometimes a long walk doesn’t fit in the schedule, or maybe standing out in the rain watching your four-legged friend sniff the grass is not your idea of a great weekend.
Whatever your reason may be, we are here to help with some tips on how to make a dog poop quickly. However, if problems with pooping are persistent or out of character for your dog, please remember to consult with your vet to ensure that there are not any underlying health concerns.
As a frustrated dog-walker, you may be begging your pup to relieve itself so you can get on with whatever is next on the agenda. However, it is important to remember that your dog likely knows to relieve itself as soon as you take it outside (see: Pavlov’s Dogs). Therefore, the delayed pooping may be a sign of constipation rather than your dog buying some extra outdoor time.
In this article, we will explore a couple of simple at-home remedies for constipation, as well as a few more hands-on methods to encourage a bowel movement.
What Does Constipation In Dogs Look Like?
Maybe your dog ate some turkey bones or hasn’t been exercising enough— a cause for constipation according to WebMD. Here is what to look out for to identify when your pup may be experiencing some digestive difficulties:
- Your dog has not pooped for several days
- Your dog produces hard, dry stool
- Your dog tries to relieve itself multiple times before giving up
- Small amounts of liquid stool that is mixed with blood
- Mucus in or around your dog’s stool
If your pup is showing signs of any of the above, there is a good chance that it is constipated. But do not fear, we have a few simple home solutions that could have your pet’s stomach back to normal in short order.
Dietary Supplements to Relieve Constipation
Here are a couple dietary supplements that you can try to help your pup through its constipation. Please note that you should only try one of these solutions at a time, otherwise there is a risk of diarrhea and dehydration.
Mix 1 teaspoon of pumpkin per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight into its food once or twice per day. Pumpkin is a fiber-rich, water-filled food that the American Kennel Club recommends for dogs, and it will stimulate bowel movements. Be sure not to use a pie filling or puree that has added sugar.
Mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight once to twice per day. Dr. Pema Melu, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown, MD, was quoted in PetMD stating that medium-chain fatty acids like coconut oil are “directly absorbed in the GI tract and go directly to the liver where they are metabolized into utilizable energy.” In short, they make it easier for your dog to poop.
Ground, Dark, Leafy Vegetables
Feeding your dog 1 teaspoon of leafy vegetables per 10 pounds of body weight can be a great solution to constipation given their high fiber. Because it has a high water content, zucchini also prevents constipation.
Ginger & Broth
¼ teaspoon of ginger coupled with ½ cup of chicken or beef broth can work wonders for alleviating your pup’s constipation. Dogs Naturally Magazine declares ginger as safe for dogs to eat, taking it a step farther by describing how it “can offer many health benefits from digestive relief to heartworm and cancer prevention.” A quick internet search will also yield many broths created specifically for dogs as it contains a variety of nutrients that benefit your pet.
Avoid giving your constipated pup human laxatives, stool softeners, high-fiber grains, mineral oils, enemas or suppositories.
If the constipation does not resolve within a day or two, or resolves only to come back within a few days, you should take your dog to the vet for professional advice.
Physical Methods to Get Your Dog to Poop
If the methods above have not worked or you simply do not have the time for a diet overhaul at this very moment, it’s time to try physical tactics. As pet parents, we sometimes have to do tough things that will ultimately benefit our pets. Just remember: It’s for the good of your pup. So, let’s cover our noses, wash our hands, get some disposable gloves on, and help our dogs find some sweet, sweet relief:
Method #1: Use Wipes to Get Your Dog to Poop Quickly
Ingredients: disposable gloves, dog wipes
This relatively simple method should work if your dog is already gearing up for its bowel movement. Take a wipe and gently wipe it around your dog’s behind area in a circular motion to stimulate the release. This can be combined with rubbing your dog’s belly in a circle as well.
Method #2: The Water Squirting Method
Ingredients: cool water (not ice-cold but not warm either— cold enough to shock the anus without hurting your pup) and a container to squirt it from
To induce pooping via this method, all you need to do is squirt cool water directly at your dog’s bum. You may need to repeat the squirting a few times, but this should eventually stimulate your dog to finally squeeze its butthole and push out its poop. Make sure that your pup is not in pain by monitoring its reaction throughout the process; discontinue if there are any signs of injury.
Method #3: Ice, Ice Baby
Ingredients: disposable gloves, ice cube (not the rapper, although having a partner to help gently hold your dog in place might help, and he definitely loves dogs), dog treats
Alright stop, collaborate, and listen: Take an ice cube, lift your dog’s tail, and carefully hold an ice cube on your dog’s anus for about thirty seconds.
You dog will likely — understandably — try to run away. That is where the dog treats come in. As you hold them in place, pet your pup and feed them a treat to let them know that all is well. If not within thirty seconds, the ice cube should eventually cause your dog to begin contracting and pushing out the poop that has been held in for too long.
How Many Times a Day Should a Dog Poop?
A Chihuahua will not have the same exact bathroom patterns as a German Shepherd, nor will a four-year-old dog poop as often as a seven-month-old puppy. As there is no single magic number, the answer to this question lies in observing your own dog. According to VetBabble, a site run by veterinarians, “It is normal for a dog to defecate anywhere between 1 and 5 times a day.” With this general guideline in mind, keep an eye out to make sure your pet’s bowel movements are in line.
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