Is your Morkie constipated?

Is your Morkie constipated?

maltese pupConstipation’s no fun for anyone, certainly not for your Morkie. Small dog owners are generally more used to dealing with the opposite – bouts of diarrhea – so we don’t always know how to handle constipation.  Here are some tips.

First, how to tell if your Morkie is constipated

Pretty easy – if she’s missed two days without pooping, or if she’s straining and straining, only to produce a small, hard stool, chances are your Morkie is constipated.  Remember, older dogs tend to suffer from this condition more than younger, top-shape dogs.

Three ways to treat constipation at home

canned-pumpkin

Pure canned pumpkin – not the pie filling kind – works for both diarrhea AND constipation!

First, encourage your Morkie to have as much water as possible.  I know, how do you do that? But if there’s plenty of clean, fresh water around, let’s hope the dog will drink more, in response to his discomfort.

Second, that miracle food for dogs – canned pumpkin.  Two or 3 tablespoons in your Morkie’s meal or mixed with a treat, is all you need.  The strange thing is, canned pumpkin is also a great fix for diarrhea! Just be sure you get 100% pure pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling.  Tip: freeze the rest of can by dividing it up into sections in your ice cube tray, then put it all in a zip-top plastic bag. You’ll have some ready if either condition reappears.

Third, a good long walk can often get things moving again for your Morkie. Increased exercise can often trigger a bowel movement because of its ‘massaging’ effect on the internal organs, so give it a try.

By the third day if you haven’t seen results, please see your Vet!

As I mentioned earlier, diarrhea is the more common digestive upset in small dogs, so if your Morkie’s constipation lasts longer than 2 days, you need to contact your Vet. He will examine the dog and may prescribe a special stool-softener, medication or give him an enema. (Do not try that one at home).

Three or more days of constipation is not only very, very uncomfortable and even painful for your Morkie, it could be the sign of other serious conditions such as:

  • blocked or abscessed anal sacs
  • worms
  • an enlarged prostate gland
  • something lodged in his intestines
  • a hernia
  • a mass or tumour in the lower intestine or anal area
  • or a more serious neurological problem or kidney disease.

One more thing, don’t give your dog this:

Laxatives meant for people.  Not only are they too harsh,think of the size and weight variations between people and Morkies!  ExLax, Metamucil, Dulcolax, whatever the brand – if it’s meant for people, it is not meant for dogs.

As the website CanIGiveMyDog.com says, “Human medication can have serious side effects on animals. Remember, they are a lot smaller than we are, and if the medication isn’t suitable for children, chances are it’s not suitable for dogs either.

 

Miracle dog food: PUMPKIN!

Miracle dog food: PUMPKIN!

Here’s something you should keep on hand if you own a dog: canned pure pumpkin.

canned-pumpkin

Cooked or canned pumpkin can do wonders for dogs’ digestive health.

It’s a miracle food – solving both constipation AND diarrhea. It contains magnesium, potassium and iron as well as beta-carotene which the body converts to Vitamin A.  And, if your Morkie is overweight, it can even help him lose weight!

What makes pumpkin such a miracle food?

Pumpkin is high in fiber.

So that means it can help bulk up loose stools by absorbing that excess liquid, or soften hard stools so your dog isn’t constipated any more.  Digestive upsets are among the most common ailments dogs have, and can be very frustrating to deal with.  But pumpkin can solve both extremes, diarrhea and constipation.

Weight Loss

Because pumpkin is high in dietary fiber, it can fill your dog up with fewer calories, helping him lose weight slowly and safely.

Tasty AND good for your dog too

Pumpkin is low in saturated fat, sodium and cholesterol.  Most dogs seem to love the taste, so it’s easy to feed or put in treat recipes.

How much to give?

frozen pumpkin ie creamIt’s key that you buy pure pumpkin puree – not pie filling.  It must be unsweetened.  Cooked fresh pumpkin has the same benefits – but that old jack-o’-lantern that’s been sitting outside for days is probably full of bacteria and starting to rot, so it’s not a good choice.

For medium and large dogs, two or three tablespoons of  pure canned or cooked pumpkin a day can bring real benefits.

For small dogs like Morkies, one or two teaspoons a day is perfect.  And if you’re using pure pumpkin to help your dog lose weight, replace that same amount of food with pumpkin for best results (up to 1/3 of the dog food replaced with pumpkin)

Great in dog treat recipes

allrecipes.com offers this great recipe for dogs:

Peanut butter and pumpkin dog treats

Makes 25 treats
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Whisk together the flour, eggs, pumpkin, peanut butter, salt and cinnamon in a bowl. Add water as needed to help make the dough workable, but the dough should be dry and stiff. Roll the dough into a 1/2-inch-thick roll. Cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
Bake in preheated oven until hard, about 40 minutes.


For  more tips on raising a happy healthy Morkie, check out the Morkie MegaGuide. Over 300 pages of Morkie care – everything the Morkie owner needs to know.  Instant download e-book.  Read more.