Q: Grandma, my puppy got into my pack of gum and ate about 3 sticks – now she cant poop. What can I do about her constipation? I’m very worried.
A: Dear S, Based on medical studies, most healthy dogs defecate one or two times a day. A day or even two without defecating is not a reason to be concerned, if the stool remains normal in size and passes without difficulty. A common predisposing factor that causes constipation in dogs is failure to drink enough water. With mild dehydration, water is withdrawn from the colon, which dehydrates the fecal matter. In addition, ingesting foreign materials such as bone chips, hair, grass, cellulose, cloth, paper, and other substances including ingesting chewing gum causes acute and chronic constipation. Worry no more, listed below are ultimate home remedies for constipation in dogs
HOME REMEDIES FOR CONSTIPATION IN DOGS
1. Wet Canned Dog Food – This remedy is more effective if your dog has not yet started to refuse eating, as this could signify an advanced condition of constipation. Select a high-quality, high-fiber canned dog food that has low grain content. This will make it much easier for your dog to digest and may assist to control your dog’s bowel movements. 
2. Vegetable Oil – A tablespoon of oil combined with your dog’s food can assist some severe cases of constipation. Never give it too often though as your dog may sustain the opposite problem which is diarrhea.
3. Metamucil – Mix 1/2 teaspoon of Metamucil for small dogs and 2 teaspoons for large dogs into their dog food with plenty of water twice a day. 
4. Pumpkin – A popular recommended solution by animal experts and is considered as a home treatment that has been getting more popular, is to feed your dog canned pumpkin. Pumpkin is high in fiber content, which promotes bowel movement and can remove foreign objects inside the stomach such as gum. 
5. Chicken Broth – Serve warm chicken based broth and add 1/2 teaspoon of a psyllium-based laxative for small dogs, or 2 teaspoons for larger dogs.
6. Oat bran – Give your dog a treat of oat bran. For small dogs, mix 1/2 teaspoon with their food; for larger dogs use 2 teaspoons. Oat Bran is high in fiber which promotes better bowel movement. 
7. Milk – Typically, milk causes diarrhea in pets and most veterinarians do not suggest its use. But if your pet is plugged up, a little milk might be the relief he/she needs.
8. Ginger – It is used to treat all kinds of digestive problems and can aid to cure constipation by reducing muscle spasms that can worsen this condition. It can also lessen inflammation in the bowels, which can aggravate your dog’s constipation.
9. Water – Clean drinking water is considered one of many ultimate home remedies for constipation for dogs. Make sure to give your dog adequate amounts of clean drinking water.