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Can I give my shitz shu an enema?

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Can I give my shitz shu an enema?
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Karing replied 3 months ago.

Hi there,

Enemas are not advised for dogs except under the supervision of a veterinarian. It is suprisingly easy to cause damage to the colon when performing an enema. Sometimes this just result in bleeding and discomfort, but more serious injuries during enema administration can result in infection and even death. Instead, for an at home remedy to address constipation, I would suggest plain canned pumpkin at 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight twice mixed with food OR 1/8 teaspoon of Miralax per 10 pounds of body weight over the counter stool softener twice daily.

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