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What laxative works best for dogs?

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Osmonic, stimulant and natural laxatives work best for dogs. Osmonic and stimulant laxatives are prescribed by a veterinarian, while many natural constipation remedies for dogs involve diet changes or supplements.

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Once it has been determined that a dog is constipated, a veterinarian may prescribe a laxative. Osmonics increase intestinal water and liquify the feces, making it easier for the dog to use the bathroom. Stimulant laxatives increase intestinal function and encourage the dog's bowels to work a bit harder.

Natural laxatives include:

  • Supplements such as folic acid and vegetable enzymes
  • Canned pumpkin
  • Milk
  • Mineral oil
  • Aloe Vera juice

Dog owners should use care when administering either natural or prescribed laxatives because overuse can harm the animal. In more extreme cases, the veterinarian may use an enema to end the constipation and IV fluids beneath the skin to ensure the animal does not become dehydrated.

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