One of the worst parts of dog-parenting is what happens when the back end of your buddy is messed up. When it comes to diarrhea OR constipation, there is one easy fix:
Because it is a special fibre, it digests in a higher part of pup’s intestine. The same fibre firms up the runny stuff and loosens the stubborn stuck stuff. If you have a dog you should have a can of pumpkin in your cupboard as part of you Puppy First Aid kit. (Other items include Hydrogen Peroxide, matches, tweezers)
Make sure you buy 100% pumpkin purée, NOT pumpkin pie filling! That being said, Kroger and Publix both stock the 100% pumpkin in the baking aisle next to the other pie supplies. (I’ve asked them to have a small display in the pet aisle, but we’re still waiting on that.)
Since the 100% Pumpkin Purée comes in such large cans, unless you have a Mastiff or other big fellah, you’ll likely have much left over. (You only need about 1/4c for every 15lbs of dog.)
I find it VERY handy to freeze the pumpkin in a plastic ice cube tray. That way you can just pop and defrost as needed.
I use the type of tray that makes the longer narrow cubes for water bottles. Each cube is enough for 15lbs of dog. If my schipperke needs pumpkin he gets 1 cube. My 28lb American Eskimo gets 2. The Bernese Mt. Dog gets 6. Although really for him I should probably just open a new can! 😉