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How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema



Reviewed By: Dr. Joel Robertson

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An enema involves introducing a liquid solution into the rectum and/or colon through a tube in order to flush out any blockages or fecal matter that may be present.

While it might seem intimidating at first, the process is usually quite simple if you follow the right steps.

Here is how to prepare your dog and do an enema.

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

1. Consult a veterinarian

It is important to consult a veterinarian before administering an enema to your dog.

Your veterinarian can provide information about the correct dosage, as well as any potential risks or side effects that may result from giving an enema.

Additionally, they will be able to advise you on the best course of action for preparing your dog for the procedure and ensuring their safety during the process.

They will also be able to recommend any additional measures you should take if needed.

Be sure to ask your veterinarian any questions prior to administering an enema. This way you can feel confident in doing so.

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

2. Gather the necessary equipment

  • Enema kit (available at pharmacies, pet stores, or amazon.com)
  • Lubricating jelly (to lubricate the enema tip)
  • Warm water (to dilute the enema solution)
  • Enema solution (prescribed by the veterinarian)

3. Prepare the enema solution

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

Enemas are used to help relieve digestive problems in dogs. But, they can also be used as a preventative measure to keep them healthy. To make sure your dog is safe when receiving an enema, it is important to prepare the solution correctly.

The best type of enema solution for dogs is lukewarm saline water or mineral oil. Saline water is made by adding one teaspoon of salt per quart (4 cups) of warm water and mixing until fully dissolved. Mineral oil should be added according to the instructions on the package.

It is important that the enema solution not be too hot or cold, as this can cause discomfort for your pet. The temperature should be slightly above body temperature, so it is best to use a thermometer to measure the temperature.

When preparing an enema solution, make sure all ingredients are sterile and that only fresh equipment is used. The container and nozzle should be thoroughly cleaned after use to prevent the spread of bacteria.

(See also: Is Fleet Saline Enema Safe For Dogs?)

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

4. Prepare the dog

Before proceeding to the actual step of administering an enema to your dog, it is important that you take the time to properly prepare them first.

Some dogs may be anxious or scared when faced with a potentially uncomfortable procedure like this.

So, it is important to provide a calm environment for them and make sure they are comfortable.

Start by offering lots of reassurance and positive reinforcement. Let your dog know that everything will be alright and give them a few treats while you get ready.

Talk in a calm, soothing voice and pet them gently on their head as you explain what is going to happen next.

Let your dog explore the area where you will be performing the enema beforehand so that they are familiar with it before beginning.

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

5. Lubricate the enema tip

Once you have prepared the equipment and solution, you will need to lubricate the enema tip before administering it.

This is important to prevent discomfort during insertion. You can use petroleum jelly or a water-based lubricant to make sure that the enema enters your dog’s body smoothly.

Apply a thin layer of lube around the entire circumference of the nozzle. Ensure that all surfaces are adequately covered for maximum comfort.

Additionally, ensure that the tip is warm prior to insertion so as not to cause your pup any additional distress or discomfort when inserting the enema into their system.

6. Insert the enema tip

Once the lubricant has been applied to the enema tip, it’s time to insert it into your dog. It’s important to take your time and be gentle with this step.

Move slowly and talk soothingly to your pup throughout the process.

Make sure that you’re using a size-appropriate enema tip as well; if your dog is large or small, you may need one that is specifically made for them.

Additionally, make sure that you angle the inserted tip slightly towards their tailbone so it doesn’t become lodged against their rectal wall during insertion.

Finally, insert the enema tip no more than 2 inches into your pup’s rectum in order to avoid any discomfort or pain.

To further reduce any discomfort, you can try gently massaging your dog’s abdomen as the tip is inserted.

This helps to relax the muscles and allows for a smoother insertion. If your pup seems in distress or tense during the process, it may be best to remove the enema tip and try again later once they are more relaxed.

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

7. Administer the enema solution

Once inserted far enough, slowly begin to pour the enema solution into the tube.

Allow your pet a few moments to become accustomed to the feeling of having liquid inside them and only administer as much as your pet can comfortably hold at once.

When finished, smoothly remove the enema tube from your pet’s rectum, clean it with soap and water, dry it off, and store it for future use.

Then provide a few minutes for your pet to expel any excess fluid before using a soft cloth or gauze pad to gently clean around their anus area.

8. Monitor the dog

It is important to closely monitor your dog after an enema has been inserted. Immediately following the procedure, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on your dog’s behavior and physical condition.

Signs of distress that you should look out for include difficulty breathing, excessive panting or drooling, whining or whimpering, trembling/shaking, refusal to eat or drink, and other signs of pain.

If any of these occur shortly after the enema was given, contact your veterinarian immediately.

How To Prepare Your Dog And Perform An Enema

9. Allow the dog to defecate

This is essential for a successful and safe enema treatment for your pup.

Here are some tips on how you can help encourage your dog to defecate:

Move around with them in an open space; this will help activate their digestive system.

Offer treats or encouragement after they have relieved themselves; this will make it more likely that they will repeat this behavior in the future.

Have patience with them as they may be uncomfortable during the process and may take a while before they feel ready to go.

10. Clean up

After the enema has been completed, it is important to clean up thoroughly.

First, dispose of the used supplies according to instructions on the packaging or from your veterinarian; do not flush these items down the toilet as they may clog pipes.

Next, make sure to clean and sanitize any surfaces that have come in contact with bowel movement or soiled towels or pads. Make sure to use a disinfectant such as bleach that will kill any possible bacteria present.

Finally, give your dog a thorough bath with warm water and shampoo designed specifically for dogs. This will help get rid of any remaining bacteria on their skin and fur.

In Conclusion

Giving your dog an enema doesn’t have to be a hard task.

Inform yourself and talk to your veterinarian.

This way, all things will go smoothly.

Please take the time and leave a comment below if this article helped you, or you have any additional questions.

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