This Summer has been very hot and dry lots of flaky skin and allergies. In TCM the Lung/ Large Intestine Meridian is directly connected to the skin. So if the skin is dry odds are the your pup is lacking moisture which can result in constipation.
So how is your dog pooping? Not the most flowery subject but an important one.
Poop gives us so much information on how are dogs are doing. Digestion and gut health are big factors in our well being, as well as our pets. So if your pup is having a bout of constipation, it may just be he or she isn’t getting quite enough water in his or her diet, the diet itself, or it could be something more serious.
Constipation can happen on occassion to your pup throughout their lifetime. If it does not resolve in a few days you definitely want to make sure you see your vet, as it can be a symptom of a more serious problem in the colon. If constipation goes on too long it can result in megacolon.
Great article below by Dr. Becker on how to identfy constipation and what to do ; Also a study on good points for constipation, and a few for you to try on you or your pup. Happy Pointing…
Dr. Becker’s Comments:
Your dog is constipated when he either has difficulty pooping (and feces produced are dry and hard) or isn’t pooping at all.
If solid waste stays in your dog’s colon too long, all the moisture in it will be absorbed and stools will become dry, hard, and difficult to pass.
If the situation is left untreated, your dog’s large intestine can actually stretch to the point where it can no longer do its job effectively. This is a chronic condition known as megacolon, and is actually more common in cats than dogs. Our goal is to prevent pets from ever having such chronic and longstanding bowel issues.
Acupuncture study for constipation
A few points to try from the study: