Giving home Enemas using a natural method
If you need to and your pet is in discomfort, may not have had a bowel motion for more than 3 days and appears to be uncomfortable at times. However if your pet is unwell and just has not eat much, then no or very little stools would be produce anyway, so enema would not be needed.
If your cat or dog is badly constipated, there is certainly no safer or gentler way to alleviate the problem than giving enema.
Especially for the older animal who may have back muscle weakness or dehydrated which frequently accompanies constipation, in the older cat.
This natural method is a bonus of having an effect of allowing the body to absorb needed fluids via the intestinal walls.
So, if your pet is constipated and you don’t want to use the Vet chemical treatment or stress of going off to the Vets, perhaps you would try the gentle enema.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- (USA) Fleet enema bottle for a baby (I could only find the larger infant/adult one) maybe too large a tubing for a cat or toy dog, but would definitely be suitable for med to largedogs.
If you find a fleet bottle yourself, be sure to throw out the fleet enema fluid inside and give a good rinse under hot water. ( this fluid is a chemical not suitable for animals)
I used a oral syringe and a plastic pipette tubing to extend the syringe tip to use to insert in the anal canal. (I can supply this tubing and syringe on request)
- Liquid acidophilus (from the dairy section of the health food store) or if you can’t find this, then buy the capsules and make a liquid paste with water and powder.
- Liquid chlorophyll ( health store)
- Distilled or filtered or spring water
- KY Jelly or petroleum jelly
- A medium – size bowel
One time I had to do an enema for a dog when on holiday’s, I only had Aloe Vera powder and use warm water, and this worked fine as well.
Read through the entire procedure before you begin.
Play with the enema bottle and get used to it. Hold it on its side as you would when giving an enema, and see how to keep the air bubble in back of the water so you don’t squirt air into the rectum (harmless but also totally ineffective)
Practice rolling the bottle up like a toothpaste tube as the water goes out.
Okay – Using a small glass or cup
Measure out 1/8 of cup of liquid acidophilus (or water with powder acidophilus) and 1/8 of cup of chlorophyll, and one-half cup distilled or spring water.
Put this cup or glass into a bowel of hot water until it reaches ‘ warm bath’ temperature. May take a few minutes.
Then pour this warm liquid into the fleet bottle, and then let this bottle sit in the same bottle of hot water. You may need to refresh the hot water in the bowel.
Then communicate to your cat (or dog) that what you are going to do to make him/her more comfortable.
Then coat the tip of the enema with lubricant. You can do this in the bathroom or small room, have a kitty litter tray in same room. Or if a dog do it in the bathroom, bath or in the shower.
You can let your cat relax and lay on his side, or if you have an assistant, you can do it with pet standing up. Dogs will stand up fine to be assisted. Your assistant will help keep pet still while you work at gently inserting the enema nozzle, and someone else to stroke or tickle his back end of the rump.
Slowly insert a short way, sometimes you can feel the hard stool that is blocking, so don’t force the enema past through this, then just gradually empty/squeeze the liquid out, counting at least sixty to do so, can roll up the bottle as you do it.
This liquid will fill up the small intestines and put pressure on the colon to expel the stool.
Gently remove the enema out.
A. Your pet may step into the litter box and pass stool and liquid.
B. Or if not, your pet may walk away, and lay down. No stool or liquid will appear. This usually means that the pet was dehydrated as well as constipated. All the liquid was needed by the system and is being absorbed.
Let him/her absorb that good mixture of fluids. Wait an hour or two and try again OR you may find he/she may pass the stool later. If mostly liquid and some stools come out, then after repeating and hour or two later, this is fine.
(Repeat again the next day if needed – you may find this is needed for med to large dogs)
If constipation continues be sure to continue to use (cat) 1/8 of a teaspoon of psyllium powder and three tablespoons of water in the food twice daily. (Double the amount of powder and water if med size dog)
In addition, remember that your cat was dehydrated and give him one or two servings of chicken soup between meals every day, and perhaps ask a Vet to take a blood test to check the kidney function, the pancreas, the intestine, or even the thyroid.
Periodic subcutaneous hydration will ease the situation considerably even if the kidney failure is not the problem. … Ask for the sub-Q fluid instructions if needed, especially for kidney patients, who will need this natural home therapy when crisis of kidney failure happens. (Stops eating or losing a lot of weight and drinking water)
If having on going trouble, perhaps you could try also using the herbal laxatives.
Please email or phone to request these gentle herbs to be sent. These herbs are liquid and are given mixed in with daily meals.