Proper diet and regular exercise will improve the condition. Also minimize stress as well as assist bowel function. Try and feed home prepared foods if possible and add bran if needed to improve stool consistency. Digestive enzymes provide support by encouraging complete digestion. Flax seed oil fed daily, use 1/2 teaspoon for every ten to 20 pounds of the animals body weight, this will assist the bowel until normal function is restored.
Alumina The constipation of an Alumina animal is very hard to control or deal with, as all muscle functioning (including urinary bladder and skeletal muscle) is weakened. These animals may go for days without any desire for stool. When the urging finally comes, it is accompanied by a lot of straining, often painful, beginning well before the movement. Sedentary females are prone to this condition. The stool is usually dry, hard, and knotty and may contain blood. Along with the muscle weakness, there is associated mental weakness, expressed as listlessness and poor memory.
BryoniaThe main keynote of Bryonia is aggravation from motion, this may partially explain the tendency to constipation in these animals. Even the motion of a bowel movement can be really painful (the patient is better for > rest). The stools may be large, hard, and dry, brown, thick and bloody as if burnt. Thirst is extreme, and they will drink large volumes of water frequently, preferably cold (these animals will drink from the toilet or sink, or when fresh water has just been poured into the bowl). They can be worse for < warm drinks which have the potential to be vomited with bile shortly after drinking. The stool is large, dry and hard. As with people, when constipated they can be quite irritable. Their lips can become dry, parched and cracked. All mucous membranes are dry. Their stomach may be sensitive to touch. The liver region may be swollen, sore and tensive with tenderness of the abdominal walls.
Calcarea carbonicaWhile Bryonia is worse from motion, Calcarea is worse < from exertion. Thus, the Calcarea state predisposes to constipation in that the effort of moving the bowels creates more discomfort than the fullness. The strange—seeming result is that these animals feel better when constipated. The Calcarea patient is sluggish, obese, big boned, and very sensitive to cold, especially cold air. Stools are large and hard but often followed by pasty and then liquid feces. They may be whitish and sour, as is the entire Calcarea patient (pale and sour smelling).
GraphitesThe stool in a constipated Graphites animal is large and knotty, and pieces are joined together by threads of mucous. Defication is quite painful in these animals, and they may have cracks or fissures of the anus. Sluggishness predominates, and the skin disease may accompany internal complaints. Like Calcarea, this remedy is often indicated for obese females.
Lycopodium clavatumLycopodium animals may have constipation alternating with diarrhea, usually accompanied by flatulence. When the animals are constipated, their stools are hard and small, yet difficult to expel. Travel is always difficult for Lycopodium individuals, and they typically become constipated when away from home.
Natrum muriacticumDryness characterizes many complaints of Nat. mur. individual—not surprising in the picture of a remedy made from table salt. These pets are thirsty and easily overheat, especially by the sun. Inactivity is common among those needing Nat. mur., and may alternate with diarrhea. Grief may initiate a Natrum mur state, yet consolation is intolerable, even angering the animal. The fur may be oily, yet the skin will have a dry rash or dandruff.
Nitric acidThe constipation of these angry, chilly animals is very similar to that of Graphites. The anus is extremely painful, even long after a stool has taken place, and even soft stools are painful to expel. Cracks may form in the anus and mouth. The fecal mass is often hard, and very painful to expel. Straining may be required to pass a stool. The anus may protrude, and the pain in the anus may be so intense that it affects walking.
Nux vomicaAs with diarrhea in the Nux state, constipation is accompanied by frequent urging, often ineffective. Absence of all desire for defecation is a contraindication for this remedy. Nux is the first remedy to consider in cases of constipation arising from prescription drug use. These animals are generally chilly and irritable, although they may be friendly when well (this is in contrast to the Nitric Acid patient, who remains cranky whether sick or well).
Plumbum metallicumThis remedy (lead) is characterized by weakness, as are most mental remedies. The Plumbum state is similar to that of Alumina, with generalized muscle weakness which leads to inactivity of the colon and rectum, often being colicky due to the obstruction. Impacted fecal matter may cause vomiting of bile and small intestinal contents. The vomitus may look like feces (fecal vomiting). Generalized weakness will often accompany the constipation, so these pets may have difficulty walking.
SepiaThe Sepia state is very similar to that of Natrum mur, except Sepia individuals are among the chilliest, as they are cold even in a warm room. They are indifferent to family members and intolerant of discipline. The constipation may be severe, with large hard stools that are difficult to pass. The body produces a lot of mucous in an attempt to pass the stool, this mucus may ooze from the rectum and will glue itself to the feces. Gelatinous mucous may also follow passage of a bowel movement. Constipation during pregnancy often points to Sepia.
Silicea (Silica)Generalized weakness characterizes the Silicea condition. These chilly, delicate individuals just do not have the power to move the bowels. The stools are emptied with difficulty and may recede back into the rectum before being completely expelled. There is a constant urging to expel a stool, but with poor result. As a major remedy for vaccine-induced disease, Silicea is often needed at some point in constipated animals. These animals are extremely sensitive to external stimuli, whether it is noise, brushing, or correction.