Q. My dog is pregnant and I believe is constipated again. What can I feed her to help?

A. If your dog is currently pregnant, it is always a good idea to check with your veterinarian prior to giving any additives or treatments. However, pureed pumpkin can usually be given successfully to help regulate stools. The added fiber in the pumpkin can help to make stools a little easier to pass. A plain yogurt added to the meals may also be safe to give and can give probiotics to the body to make digestion easier and stools more regular. Increasing water intake by adding in a wet food safe for pregnant and lactating dogs can also help bring more water content into the body which can help ease constipation.

In some cases, diarrhea can actually be confused for constipation. Dogs with diarrhea may strain after a movement, which may appear as them straining to get stool out. If you are seeing stool that is soft or loose in addition to straining, then diarrhea instead of constipation may be the cause.

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