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Poop Problem?
Dog and Cat Diarrhea and Constipation

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Every pet owner has smelt what has been dealt, and then been forced to clean up the mess that follows. Sometimes you have warning: things may have been a little off-schedule, an upset stomach, awkward looks. But more often than not, pet diarrhea is the gift that keeps on giving for much longer than you want it to.

The bad news is diarrhea and constipation is common for dogs and cats. The good news, however, is that natural prevention and treatment is easy. Read on to keep your pet regular and your carpets (hopefully) clean. 

Why does my pet have diarrhea?

In order to treat your pet’s upset stomach, we must first understand why these gastrointestinal issues are so frequent. Check out the gassy culprits in the table below. 

Short Term Cause

Diarrhea

Constipation

  • Greedy Dog: Dogs can be dumb and willing to eat anything they find off the street. Cats are less dumb, but they eat weird stuff too. 
  • Changes in diet: Mummy bought some new food. Even though it’s tasty, your pet’s body will need time to adjust. Always start slow and gradually increase to the recommended serving size. 
  • Short-term stress: Pets are emotional. Diarrhea can occur when they start missing mum and dad, or even if they hear strange sounds in strange places. 
  • Fiber Deficiency: Fiber is necessary to remove blockages and soften stools, which is why high fiber dog food is so popular.
  • Dehydration: When dehydrated, your pet’s body will absorb water from its bowels, causing harder and drier stools that won’t pass. Ouch!
  • Inactivity: For unknown reasons, inactive dogs tend to suffer from constipation.

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.

Fiber, fiber, and more fiber!

You may have overheard other pet owners throwing around the word fiber when it comes to diarrhea and constipation. You know it’s good for humans, but is fiber good for dogs and cats as well? The short answer is yes, and we’re here to break down why.

Fiber can be sorted into two different classifications: soluble and insoluble. 

  • Soluble Fiber: Soluble fiber is excellent for diarrhea and constipation in dogs and cats. 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 and bulks up stools to promote movement through the digestive system. This is good for bowel movement, but may in fact worsen diarrhea.

A good balance of these fibers would surely result in a balanced tummy.

What to Give Dogs for Diarrhea

All of this information is great to help prevent an upset stomach, but what do you do when the poop has already hit the fan? While you can’t give your dog pepto bismol, kin+kind’s Pumpkin Boost is supercharged with natural ingredients to help soothe your pup’s stools:

  1. Pumpkin: More than your average Halloween decoration. This nutrient-dense fruit is high in vitamins and minerals, yet low in calories for a powerful nutritional punch. It is flush with antioxidants, including vitamins C, E, and beta-carotene to support eyesight and the immune system. More importantly, pumpkin is rich in soluble and insoluble fiber that supports both constipation and diarrhea
  2. Organic Flax Seed: A superfood derived from the flax plant, which is one of the first crops to be domesticated, and has long been used for nutritional and medicinal purposes. It has a high content of omega-3 fatty acids, high-quality protein, and dietary fiber. On top of these, it is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals like vitamin B1, B6, E, magnesium, manganese, and calcium. 
  3. Organic Ginger: Widely used for a variety of gastrointestinal distress (tummy problems) like diarrhea, motion sickness, upset stomach, gas, and more. It also gained popularity because of its anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and anti-diabetic effects. Nutritionally, it contains a variety of vitamins and minerals like dietary fiber, vitamin C and B6, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and more.

When should I take my dog to the vet?

Poop happens and is generally not a big deal. Most of the time, dog diarrhea home remedies are enough, and the same is true for constipation. Veterinary care may be necessary if there are other factors such as: 

  • Age: very young or old dogs.
  • Intensity: frequent and/or very watery and/or for a very long period.
  • Blood: bloody diarrhea in dogs that contain more than just a streak of blood; is dark and tarry.
  • Combined with other symptoms: dog vomiting and diarrhea profusely, lethargic, depressed, and/or is in pain.

Short term causes are easy to address, but there may be underlying sources contributing to your pet’s discomfort. The causes listed below are better diagnosed by a veterinarian who will also be able to determine if your dog’s diarrhea and constipation needs medical intervention.

Long Term Causes

Diarrhea

Constipation

  • Dietary allergies or intolerances
  • Long-Term Stress
  • Infection: viral, bacterial
  • Disease: pancreatic disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, some types of cancer, and diseases outside of the gastrointestinal tract (e.g., liver failure or heart disease)
  • Parasites (e.g., Giardia, hookworms, roundworms and whipworms)
  • Physical problems: Blocked or abscessed anal sacs; Enlarged prostate gland; Pelvis trauma; Orthopedic problem 
  • Ingested large object like gravel or toys that got caught in the intestinal tract
  • Neurological disorder


When you adopt a pet, you also adopt their quirks. Pee-pee problems? Achy joints? No matter the root of the problem, kin+kind has the natural solution. Be kind to your kin and choose kin+kind.

 

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