Pets

Making your world a better place

Learn more
vet-tips

What To Do If Your Dog Is Constipated

Poo patrol may not be a dog owners' favourite activity. However, pet owners must keep an eye on their dog's stool movements and watch out for constipation, which can indicate more serious medical issues and requires swift attention.

Dr. Melissa Meehan from Talk to the Animals provides some important information about how to keep your dog's bowel movements regular and healthy...

Vet Tips

  • Constipation can occur in many dogs for differing reasons and needs to be treated quickly to avoid discomfort.
  • For mild constipation, you can add some Paraffin to your dog's food. You need to add ½ teaspoon of Paraffin for small dogs and 2 teaspoons for big dogs. Never put Paraffin straight into a dog's mouth as inhaling the fumes can cause pneumonia.
  • Chronic constipation can be reduced by adding 1 teaspoon of psyllium husks to wet dog food.

Constipation can be a sign of more serious disease and if you are still concerned you should contact your vet.

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.