One of the toughest training phases for a new pup, getting them accustomed to Potty training can be a real headache. This is mostly because when they start they just won’t do it no matter how many turns you take in the park or walk down the blocks near your house. It takes time for them to get into the habit and hence persistence is the key to make them poop faster.
So to make your Spaniel poop quickly you can take the help of wet wipes, include more fibers and probiotics in their diet, squirt water on their rear, or use ice cubes to stimulate their anal glands. While these methods are very effective, if your dog still doesn’t poop, it could be due to a number of health conditions. Let’s know more about them.
How to make a Spaniel poop quickly?
Although almost all pups will happily finish their business once they are outside, some days you might be in a hurry but your pooch may not feel the same. So, for these days especially you can try out the following safe methods.
Use Wet Wipes
When puppies are born their senses aren’t still fully developed. So, it is often their mother that stimulates their anal glands by continuous licking until a few weeks. The cold wet feeling aids their brain to pick up the signal as a green-flag for defecating and hence the little ones relieve themselves after a short while.
Now using this very trick, you can also get your Spaniel to poop much quicker. For this you will just need some wet, unscented wipes and gloves. Put on the gloves in your hand to avoid the mess from getting onto your hands and gently wipe their rear area for a good 1-2 minutes. The wetness will definitely stimulate their senses and get them into the mood for taking a dump without having to wait for long.
Just like wiping with wet wipes, squirting water is also a great way of getting them to finish their business sooner. Mostly applicable for situations where you don’t have access to wipes, squirting water with a hose or even a punctured bottle could come handy. The cold water will stimulate their anal glands and you won’t even have to touch their nether regions and risk your hands being soiled.
However, the water pressure in this procedure needs to be of the optimal level as a too high or too low pressure won’t do any good. A high pressure rather risks injury to their scrotum and rear part while a low pressure won’t do any stimulations.
Apply Ice Cubes
Probably the messiest but the most effective of all putting ice cubes in their anal sphincter is bound to relieve them from constipation. While it may seem cruel and scary in the beginning, this is how vets often induce defecation in dogs who are suffering from constipation-related side-effects.
To do this you will need a pair of gloves and a small ice cube. Then let your Spaniel come to you, firmly embrace them and let them sleep on your lap with their rear facing towards you. Once done, lift their tail and insert the ice cube, while keeping it inside for at least 30 seconds. The pooch will show resistance to the sudden cold thing going inside their anal pathway, leading to muscle contractions.
So as they keep on contracting more and more to get rid off the ice cube, some poop will also follow out, leading to defecation.
Manual Stimulation Method
However if nothing stated above works, the last resort for you to make your Spaniel poop quickly is to use your fingers. But before attempting this do ensure that your pooch is outside or in a litter box. To start this you will have to put on the gloves, apply some dog-friendly lubricant on your thumb, index and middle fingers, and then gently press the soft tissues around their rear part.
Gently pressing their anal soft tissues stimulates their brain to initiate defecation process. But if in any case that doesn’t seem to be doing the job, then proceed by using both your thumb and index with a distance of 1 ½ inches apart between them and slowly pressing inward. This method sends a fake poop signal to their brain which eventually leads to anal pathway contractions, and the final result.
Note- These steps are only for urgent situations and should not be applied on a daily basis. If your Spaniel has a hard time pooping very frequently, then it is better to consult with a veterinarian and follow as advised.
Are there any other methods to help them poop quickly?
You can also try:
Feeding them Canned Pumpkin
A much calorie-safe product with high water and fiber content, adding canned pumpkin to your pooch’s daily diet also comes handy. Thanks to its specially crafted formula, it not only leaves a delectable taste in their palette but stimulates their digestive and intestinal tract to perform their business much sooner than before.
Adding Wet Dog Food
Sometimes feeding too much of dry food leads to constipation or ‘hard stool’ in dogs which is both painful as well as comfortable. And due to this very cause they stop pooping. Thus to prevent such scenarios, adding a little wet dog canned food and keeping a bowl of fresh water always by their side is bound to leave you with amazing results.
Maintaining a Routine
Dogs are creatures of habits, and that goes for the majestic Spaniels as well. So, if you have been rather unkempt in maintaining their potty schedule lately, that might have caused them to be confused. But don’t worry, this is still treatable. You will just need to go back to their previous potty timing or create a completely new one and stick to it. For instance, if you take your little baby on walks every morning, evening and night after meals, do make sure to not miss even a single one.
Adding Fiber and Probiotics
Typically, you can even add probiotics and fiber to your woofer’s regular diet. Some of the best natural dog friendly probiotics include unsweetened yogurt, goat milk, cooked oats, canned pumpkin pulp, etc. However, it is better to get a green-flag from the vet before making the additions as some pups may be allergic to some of these contents.
Why is my Spaniel not pooping on its own?
From extreme changes in diets to a stressful environment, there could be ‘n’ number of reasons keeping your pet from doing their daily biological needs. This situation, also termed as constipation, could be temporary or may happen on a much frequent basis and if latter is the case, then the pup surely needs to be examined by a vet sooner.
To help you understand the notion better, here’s a breakdown of the most common causes of constipation in Spaniels.
- Improper diet with too much of plant based cellulite
- Lack of fiber in diets
- Severe dehydration
- Enlarged prostate
- Kidney or Intestinal issues
- Lack of sufficient exercise
- Anal gland issues
- Side effects of certain medications
- Not enough food
- Neurological disorders or genetical issues
While most of these symptoms go away on their own in about 24 hours, if your Spaniel goes any longer than that without pooping, it’s best to make a vet appointment.
You never know how severe or painful the situation is for the pup, so why delay and add on to their stress???
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