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.





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About Simba's Mom

I was born and raised in California, lived in Pennsylvania for several years, and have recently moved to Delaware. I have gone from being a teacher for 20 years to a blogger and now back to teaching but still blogging. I have a great dog named Simba. Simba is a German Shorthaired Pointer. Life with Simba is an adventure every day. I have had dogs my entire life but I have learned most about dogs living with Simba. German Shorthaired Pointers really do become your best friend. They become extremely attached and that is why they say they have the Velcro phenomenon. Simba now has a sister 8 years younger and her name is Gypsy.
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