How Long is Too Long for Constipation
There are some home remedies, that we will dive into in a moment, however it is first prudent to discuss that constipation lasting more than 4 days warrants a vet examination. If a Maltipoo is constipated for this amount of time (with or without home treatment), the stools can become impacted. When there is a buildup of feces that is not being expelled, this can stretch the large intestine, causing a sort of shutdown. This does not resolve itself. It is referred to as megacolon and needs to be treated via a surgical procedure. Even if a Maltipoo has not quite reached this megacolon stage, veterinary intervention can prevent this from occurring. So, again, constipation lasting 4 days or more or if there are other signs of distress, calls for veterinary intervention.
Cures and At-Home Remedies for Maltipoo Constipation
1. Increased water intake.
While offering fresh, clean, cool water in a stainless steel bowl will help to some degree, most Maltipoos with constipation will need more encouragement than this. There are several things you can do:
- Offer water—packed fruit. Watermelon and strawberries, both fruits that are safe for dogs to eat, contain 92% water. Blueberries (85%) and raspberries (87%) are good choices too.
- Offer water in a canine water foundation. The flowing water both attracts and retains for added water consumption.
- Add water to food. Warm water is best and you’ll find that mixing this well and microwaving it to be warm is often well tolerated.
2. Increase exercise, safely.
Most Maltipoos do best with two walks per day for regular exercise. You don’t want to have a dog overexerted himself, but adding just 10 minutes to one or both walks can be just the thing to help move the stools along. 3. Add fiber.
You do need to be careful, since some added fiber can really help a dog with constipation, but too much can actually make it worse. Adding some vegetables such as peas, green beans, kale and/or spinach can be a good way to add just a bit for minor to moderate instances. For moderate to severe cases of constipation, you’ll want to offer pumpkin. It’s very important to use only 100% real pumpkin which is often in cans very similar to pumpkin pie filling. So look at the label carefully. For Maltipoo puppies
, you’ll want to add just 1 teaspoon, once per day. For adults, 2 teaspoons per day.
4. Holistic remedies
– While you will want to check with your Maltipoo’s vet, 3 possible cures include:
- Psyllium husk powder (1/4 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight, given 1 to 2 times per day)
- Coconut fiber (1/2 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight, given 1 to 2 times per day),
- Organic apple cider vinegar (1/8 teaspoon per 5 pounds of body weight, given 1 to 2 times per day).
If your Maltipoo is not responding to at-home treatment, is having trouble for more than 4 days or is showing any other signs of distress, this warrants treatment at the vet’s.
For constipation alone, treatment will often be stool softeners and/or an enema.
And to rule out other conditions, the vet will most likely run a complete blood count, urinalysis and will take x-rays if a blockage is suspected.
Preventing a Re-occurrence
Once your Maltipoo is no longer constipated, you will surely want to do all you can to prevent a repeat of this very uncomfortable condition. Be sure to:
Encourage proper water intake. Wash the bowl each evening with hot water and soap, use a stainless steel bowl or water fountain, Check the water regularly. Do not add new water into a dish of older water; dump it can fill it up fresh.
Stick with an exercise schedule. Even just a week of not waling as normal can through the body and digestive system off. Do all you can to take your dog for two walks per day, for at least 20 minutes, at a pace that is brisk for your Maltipoo.
If you decide to change food
, do this gradually over the course of 3 weeks, mixing new into old in larger ratios until you have your dog transitioned over.
Never feed rawhides or other indigestible treats that can lead to blockage.