How to give your dog a homemade enema
Sometimes you may need to do more than just give solid or liquid medication to your sick dog. Depending on his condition and symptoms, you may need to provide other types of nursing care, such as administering enemas. Below is an effective way to use this procedure:
The use of enemas may benefit dogs who have the following conditions; constipation, during fasting, dehydration, excessive vomiting, intestinal irritation caused by bone fragments or the presence of spoiled food or garbage in the digestive tract.
Before applying this procedure, make sure you only use clean water that is warm but not hot (test it on your wrist to be sure). Use about two tablespoons for a small dog and up to a pint for a large dog. Add a few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice to the water and apply the mixture with a plastic or rubber syringe for about 2 to 3 minutes. For large dogs, you can use an enema bag and tip.
Here’s how to do it: You need to lubricate the end of the syringe with vegetable oil. Ask someone to help you hold the dog gently while it is standing in the tub or on the ground. Insert the tip carefully into the rectum. Using gentle and steady pressure on the anus (to prevent fluid from escaping), slowly fill the colon. If the solution does not flow easily, pull back on the nozzle or syringe and slightly adjust the angle. Expect a bowel movement to start in a few minutes. You can use the enema once or twice a day for several days.
In many cases, dogs who are dehydrated are simply retaining fluid. This happens when the colon absorbs the fluid that the body needs. Therefore, enemas are an excellent way to administer fluid therapy. In these circumstances, administer the enema every four hours or until fluid retention stops.
If the dog has difficulty keeping water in its stomach due to severe vomiting, an enema can help introduce the fluid and salts that are needed to replace those lost through vomiting. Using the solution as described earlier, add a pinch of sea salt plus a pinch of potassium chloride. The same solution can also be used to help a dog suffering from prolonged diarrhea. In this case, administer the enema every four hours or until fluid retention stops.
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