Is your dog having trouble with Constipation? Homeopathy can help!
We all know what constipation is – it is defined as hard, dry bowel movements, or passing a stool fewer than three times a week. This occurs primarily due to a lack of peristalsis which is a series of wave like muscle contractions that move food through the digestive tract. Causes of constipation are many, but I’ll just chat about a few of the more common ones, which are a low fibre diet, or too much bone in the diet, dehydration, and a lack of exercise.
It is usually quite easy to fix constipation with these common causes. Basically, you need to increase fruit and vegetable in their diet, make sure there is clean fresh water daily to encourage drinking, and daily or twice daily walking and play will usually fix it. Continuing these changes daily is something you will need to be regular with, if you’d like to keep your dogs digestion flowing normally and with ease.
One of the best and fastest ways to get your dogs digestion back to functioning as it should, is to give a dose or two of the indicated acute homeopathic remedy. What do I mean by indicated? The remedy will need to match the presenting characteristics on at least three of the keynotes of the remedy. The remedy provides gradual support to the bowels in achieving their natural rhythm. I will add in several of the more commonly used medicines for constipation.
Homeopathy for Constipation
Constipation with no desire to pass stool. Only when there is a great accumulation of faeces will they pass a stool. Even soft stools are passed with great effort. This remedy is often indicated in older dogs.
Stools are hard, very dry, and crumbly and are passed after much straining. There is a burning sensation in the rectum during stool so the dog may appear to be in pain.
Constipation from lack of muscle strength: dry, hard stool, needing a lot of effort to evacuate. There is no desire to pass stool most of the time – obstinate constipation. Also at the same time there can be dryness of the mucous membranes – often occurring in the mouth, along with a dry tongue and violent thirst.
No desire to evacuate. Stools are hard, in small pieces, and covered with mucous. This medicine is especially effective after an excess of laxatives.
Total rectal inactivity with complete absence of desire to defecate. Stools are black, very dry, and hard round balls. Faeces protrude and recede.
Constipation with frequent, unsuccessful urge to stool passing only small quantities of faeces for 3-4 days or longer. Although they feel an urge to poop, the dog may be unable to pass it and will have a sensation as if not finished. So you’ll see your dog regularly trying to pass a stool. Also accompanying constipation can be a tendency to feel the cold and be unusually irritable.
Stools are like hard marbles, dry and black. Evacuation is difficult and requires intense effort with painful constriction of the anal sphincter. Severe colicky pain may accompany constipation.
If you are suffering from chronic constipation, then a consultation would be best for you, as there are many more medicines that can safely help with long-standing or chronic complaints.
If you find even after choosing what you thought was the right remedy and things still aren’t back to normal, especially after applying everything I’ve mentioned, then it may be time for a follow-up homeopathic consultation, or a constitutional consultation if you haven’t done that yet.