Q. I have a 6 year old Maltese and he has been having difficulty in having a bowel movement, do you have any home remedy to help with this situation?
JESSICA L DESROSIERS
A. Adding fiber to the diet such as a TBS of pureed pumpkin to each meal or switching to a higher fiber diet can help ease constipation and make passing stool easier. However, if the problem continues or worsens, it is a good idea to have your vet take a look at a stool sample and your dog to make sure there is not an impaction or other serious problem that could be causing constipation. Your vet may need to remove the impaction or provide a medication to decrease constipation until your dog can return to normal.