Saturday, June 6, 2015

Stool Softeners Safe For Pets

Recently my dog Phoebe was having some trouble doing her business, specifically pooping.  She seemed to be straining and having some pain while doing it.  Afterwards she was licking the area excessively and scooting on the rug, so off to the Veterinarian we went!

Poor Phoebe, she was not a happy pooper!
Our Veterinarian examined her and didn't see any internal issues, thankfully.  He gave me a cream to apply twice daily.  The cream worked only temporarily so back to the Vet we went.  This time he gave her a Kenalog injection, which had the same corticosteroid ingredients as the cream but a lot stronger.  In addition, he discussed adding a stool softener for her and provided a few options.

I try to stay away from medications and look for more natural substances when feasible so I opted to try those first.  Here is a list of food products that can aid as a stool softener or laxative for your dog:

> Canned pumpkin or squash (no sugar added): 1 - 2 tbsp. with food 1 - 2 times a day
> Bran: 1 - 2 tbsp. with food 1 - 2 times a day
> Milk: 1/2 cup twice a day
> Vegetable/Olive/Mineral Oil 1/2 - 1 tsp with food 1 - 2 times a day

I started with milk for Phoebe and it worked really well!  I could have also tried the pumpkin because my dogs love the taste of pumpkin, but I was afraid Isis would try to eat Phoebe's pumpkin and then we might have a bit of a mess on our hands, if you know what I mean!

I feel much better now Mama!
Medicines that can also be safely used as laxatives or stool softeners for dogs include:

> Metamucil: 1tsp with food 1 - 2 times a day
> Dulcolax: 5-20mg daily
> Milk of Magnesium: 1 - 2 tbsp. with food 1 - 2 times a day

I recommend consulting your Veterinarian before giving your dog any of these, just in case.  Every pet is an individual and your Vet knows your pet best.  I always consult our Vet before giving my dogs anything for medicinal purposes.

I hope you found this information helpful.  Happy Pooping!!

Has your pet ever had issues straining to defecate or scooting on the rug?  How did you address the issue?  Please share your experience and insight in the comments section!  We always love to hear from you!


  1. Bentley is a spinner and we are working on the allergy aspect. The boys love pumpkin so they get that in their food often. I'm glad it helped Phoebe ❤️

    1. Food allergies are definitely a possibility. I'm hoping Phoebe just needs a bit of laxative for a short period of time. The other thing my doctor mentioned was a higher fiber diet for her. We'll see how she does. Thanks for stopping by today!

  2. Poop is always causing some kind of issue! MOL I like to use pumpkin for my kitties too. It works really well and it is completely natural.
    -Purrs from your friends at

    1. I know right!? Like poop isn't bad enough as it is LOL! I think pumpkin is a great source of fiber and softener for pets, I'm glad it worked for your kitties! Thanks for stopping by today Robin!

  3. Carmine has IBD and used to get constipated every couple of weeks. I feed him a little pumpkin mixed into his canned food dinner every day now, and he has been doing a lot better! :)

    1. I'm so glad Carmine is doing better w/ the pumpkin, it's good healthy stuff! Thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by the blog!

  4. We had some constipation issues with Charlie when we first switched to a raw food diet... but we use pumpkin now as a natural stool softener - it's great for hair balls too!

    1. Pumpkin seems to have so many health benefits for pets, interesting that it helps w/ hair balls too! Thanks for sharing that info and for stopping by the blog!

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    1. Yes, it seems to be working for a lot of people. Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  6. Ah, with my boy Koda, we had a major problem, but he had runny poops all the time!!! We tried everything, and vet couldn't see anything wrong. After going through several different foods, we finally found one that has been working!!!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. So glad Phoebe is feeling better! I prefer all natural treatments too. We haven't had this issue yet, but this is great info in case we need it in the future.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets