Since this condition can be caused by a dangerous blockage, it is always recommended to have the Pug evaluated by a reputable veterinarian. Other causes such as impacted anal glands, hernia, etc. are all health issues
that must be treated by a vet. However, if a Pug is constipated due to diet, decreased activity and/or slight dehydration, there are some remedies that will work from home. This includes:
Foods high in fiber-
Adding some fiber to a dog's diet can often get things moving along; however be careful not to overdue it since large amounts can also cause constipation. Adding a few heaping spoonfuls of fresh pumpkin - given twice per day -is one of the best methods to resolve things. Be sure to use fresh canned pumpkin (the fruit) and not the pie filling.
Adding a mix of shredded lettuce and kale- mixed up well into the main meals- can help.
Encourage your Pug to drink more; keeping in mind that smaller amounts throughout the day as opposed to drinking a lot in one sitting is best since drinking water too fast is one possible trigger for bloat. Many dogs will drink more if led to the water bowl. Offering ice cubes (plain or flavored) is a good way to encourage more water consumption
If your Pug has not had his normal, daily walks recently, getting back on track in regard to daily exercise can help resolve constipation.
When to Call the Vet
It's really important to keep an eye on how your Pug is acting, because often the first sign of internal blockage is constipation or straining when going to the bathroom. Bring your dog to the vet if:
- It lasts for more than 2 days
- If your dog vomits (food, yellow, white or foamy bile or clear fluid)
- Excessive drooling
- The stomach appears bloated
- Signs that the dog is in pain