German Shorthaired Pointers and IBS

Simba has a sensitive stomach.  I always know when she has experienced a stressful event because she will either vomit or have loose bowels.  She suffers from constipation and hemorrhoids since she was a puppy.  German Shorthaired Pointers are very intuitive she can sense how I’m feeling and what my emotions are.  The poor dog also mirrors my stress.  I needed to find a way to keep her regular.  She would get constipated and then end up with hemorrhoids. The irregularity also caused impacted anal glands on a monthly basis.  I finally asked the vet to show me how to relieve the anal glands which although gross is not difficult to do.  I also looked it up online to get every possible scenario.  As I did my research I found that keeping her regular would help minimize these two ailments.  I started giving her a table spoon of pure, natural canned pumpkin in her food.  She loved it.  I loved it too because that was the last time she had either problem.  I keep a close eye on her if she starts to get constipated I up the pumpkin a bit or add bran to her dog food.  I found that rawhide chew really constipated her, so I stopped giving them to her.  For a list of other healthy snack ideas see the “Dog Snacks” page.