PetMeds® Home Remedies for Constipated Dogs or Cats

Constipation is a relatively common complaint of pet owners that may include a history of decreased frequency of bowel movements and/or straining and/or urgency when trying to have bowel movements.   One of the more common causes of constipation in dogs and cats is ingestion of indigestible material including hair, and other foreign bodies.  Metabolic and electrolyte imbalances can also cause constipation in pets.


In cats there is a specific disease of the colon known as megacolon which can lead to repetitive bouts of constipation, often necessitating frequent enemas, manual removal of feces and special prescription diets and medication. One of the simplest things a pet parent can do to help a pet with constipation is to add extra fiber to meals.  Canned pumpkin and Metamucil or psyllium husks are often quite helpful when added to meals. Vetasyl is a veterinary labeled product that can help with constipation.

Since an imbalance in the bacterial population in the digestive tract can occur, probiotics can often help such as Fast Balance and Naturvet Digestive Enzymes. If symptoms persist or worsen a full veterinary assessment and workup for underlying causes of constipation should be done.

Are there any at-home remedies you have found to help your constipated dog or cat? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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  1. My dads dog is haveing trouble pooping. We dont have the money to take him to the vet. So we wanted to know if we could give him a suppository or some off brand miralax. I have seen some home remides but he wont eat!

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianOctober 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm

    You can try dulculax from pharmacy one daily for a few days. If no help will need to see vet.

  3. My cat has been having trouble with constipation for years. After being prescribed Lactulose in December 2009, the problems seemed to ease up a little. But Within 2 years, it seemed the Lactulose wasn’t working any longer. I decided to give our cat a small does of Miralax. I put 1/4 tsp in a small amount of chicken baby food and he has had very few problems ever since. I now give Lactulose twice daily (1/4 tsp each time) and 2 ml Lactulose in the morning. We still occasionally have bouts of constipation; but none last more than 1 day. Miralax is seeing much more wide spread veterinary use now. Do your homework first and always check with your vet before trying a new method of treatment.

  4. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarianMarch 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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