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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Do Antibiotics Cause Constipation In Dogs?

Today, a vast range of veterinary drugs are available in the market that is effective against a huge range of infectious diseases of canines, felines, and other animals as well. Anti-Biotics are prescription drugs that restrict the growth of bacteria and kill them.

In this piece of article, I decided to talk about the relation between the usage of antibacterial drugs and constipation. "Do antibiotics cause Constipation in dogs", I find this question important to answer.

Yes! it's possible. Antibiotics may cause constipation in dogs. It's one of the most commonly occurring side effects of using those veterinary medications.


Side Effects Of Antibiotics On A Dog's Digestive System

Antibacterial medicines may kill the good bacteria (commensals bacteria) of the digestive system that may fluctuate and imbalance healthy gut flora in the canines.

Some dogs may experience mild to severe stomach problems including;
  • Abdominal pain and cramps
  • Gas/Flatulence/Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)
  • Constipation (in rare cases)
  • Indigestion
It's always suggested to give an antibiotic dose to a pet on a full stomach. It helps to decrease the risk of upset stomachs in dogs. A dog's body must be hydrated while taking antibiotic medication.

Probiotics For Dogs After Antibiotic Medication

As I said before, antibiotics can kill the good digestive bacteria that help in indigestion and upset a dog's stomach. In that scenario, probiotics (after antibiotic medication) help canines to rebuild a healthy gut flora.

There are many good brands are available in the market, offline or online drug stores. You can get any good one for your pet. This will definitely help your pet if he had been undergoing antibiotic treatment recently.

How To Relief Constipation In Dogs?

In constipation, a dog's stool becomes hard enough that makes it so difficult to defecate. The good thing is that you don't need to get panic because here in this piece of the article, I showed up some natural remedies and (safe) laxative drugs that instantly relieve constipation in dogs.


An adequate amount of goat or cow milk can surely relieve constipation in dogs. Milk is a natural dietary laxative for canines. It helps to overcome dehydration, as well as its laxative properties, helps to treat constipation when given in an adequate (small) amount.

2. Pet-Enema

Enema's that contains dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate and glycerin is very helpful in relieving constipation in dogs (on an urgent basis). It helps in softening the stool and makes stool easy to defecate from the body.

Enema is given through the rectal tube. First, you can lubricate the enema bottle with petroleum jelly and then insert it (one inch) through the anus of the dog (towers rectal tube). You can repeat the same procedure after 12 to 24 hours if needed.

3. Extra-Label Drug: Bisacodyl 5MG (Dulcolex)

Bisacodyl is a famous and most effective human laxative drug. Due to its high efficacy in relieving constipation, many veterinarians suggest it as an off-label (not yet approved by the FDA to use in pets) to ease dog's chronic constipation.

Although, it's a safe medicine and can be used in dogs. Avoid the use of (extra-label laxative drug) bisacodyl in small puppies.

The suggested dose of bisacodyl for a dog should below or equal to 0.5mg/lb. That's mean a 10-pound dog may take 5mg bisacodyl tablet once a day.

Overdose of bisacodyl in dogs may result in high toxicity and fatal for their lives. Always consult a veterinarian before giving any kind of prescription drugs to your loved ones (pets).

4. Extra-Label Drug: Sodium Picosulphate Drops

Another off-label drug called "sodium picosulphate", a human laxative drug can also help to relieve constipation in dogs when taken as a small amount dose.

Sodium picosulphate stimulates the mucosa in the large intestines that helps to increase intestinal motility.

Add a few drops of sodium picosulphate drops (3-5 droplets) in milk or water and give it to your dog and see the magical results.

Always follow precautionary measurements when giving off-label human drugs to small animals. Because overdose (high doses) can be fatal and life-threatening for them. Overdosage may cause toxicity in the dog's system.

But when used in an adequate amount these extra-label (bisacodyl and sodium picosulphate) provide outstanding results.


The above article gives the answer to the most asked question, "DO ANTIBIOTICS CAUSE CONSTIPATION IN DOGS?". Antibiotics may surely cause stomach problems in some pets including bloating, gas, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and constipation.

The use of probiotics after the antibiotic treatment helps to relieve the common side effects of antibiotic medication. As probiotics help to maintain a good and healthy gut flora in dogs.

Giving milk, pure water (maintaining good hydration), enema, and some extra-label human laxative drugs can treat constipation in dogs on an urgent basis without causing any harm and side effects (when given in small doses).

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