Every pet owner has smelt what has been dealt, and then been forced to clean up the mess that follows. The bad news is diarrhea and constipation is common for dogs and cats. The good news, however, is that there are natural ways to prevent it from happening. Read on to keep your pet regular and your carpets (hopefully) clean.
Whether your pet is pooping too little or too much, the culprit is usually the gastrointestinal system, particularly the intestines (also known as the bowels). It’s the job of the bowel to absorb nutrients and discard leftovers, all of which requires the proper balance of water in your pet’s system. Too much water, you get diarrhea; too little, then it’s constipation. Here are some of the most common causes of each:
Pass the Fiber
While you can’t give your dog pepto bismol, kin+kind’s Pumpkin Boost is supercharged with natural ingredients to help keep your pet’s bowels regular. To understand how, it’s helpful to learn a little bit about fiber, which can be sorted into two different types: soluble and insoluble.
- Soluble Fiber: Soluble fiber is excellent for cat and dog diarrhea and constipation. It can be found in foods like pumpkin and flaxseed. Soluble fiber draws water, which helps with diarrhea and makes it a good dog and cat diarrhea treatment. As the water is absorbed, soluble fiber forms a gel-like substance that can help stools slide through the gastrointestinal tract, easing dog and cat constipation.
- Insoluble Fiber: Insoluble fiber acts as a laxative and helps with dog and cat constipation. It does not get dissolved, but instead bulks up stools to promote movement through the digestive system. This is good for bowel movement, but may also increase the bowel frequency making it a good dog constipation remedy.
kin+kind’s Pumpkin Boost is designed to deliver a healthy balance of soluble and insoluble fibers with organic flax seed, ginger, and pumpkin for dog constipation and diarrhea
Other Causes and Solutions
Your pet’s poopy problems may have some less common sources. But don’t worry, we can help!
When should I take my dog to the vet?
While brief cases of the squirts are common and should pass with some simple home remedies, if your pet’s diarrhea or constipation persists, they may have some more serious problems that should be discussed with your veterinarian. Long-term causes such as infections, diseases, and neurological disorders require medical attention. Consult your vet if you don’t see rapid improvement or if your pet has additional risk factors, including:
- Age: very young or old dogs.
- Intensity: sudden and profuse extremely loose (watery) stool.
- Blood: bloody diarrhea in dogs that contain more than just a streak of blood; is dark and tarry.
- Combined with other symptoms: vomiting, lethargy, fever, and/or pain.
When you adopt a pet, you also adopt their quirks.
No matter the root of the problem, kin+kind has the natural solution. Be kind to your kin and choose kin+kind.