Mineral Oil For Dogs: Uses, Dosage, & Side Effects

A beagle dog resting in the sofa. May need mineral oil for constipation.

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Mineral oil is a lubricant laxative that can treat constipation in dogs. It works by adding moisture to the bowels and also to the problematic stools, making it easier for dogs to defecate.

The oil comes in liquid form. While you don’t need a veterinarian’s prescription to purchase it, you must consult with your vet before adding it to your dog’s routine. Closely follow your vet’s instructions for the correct and safe dosage and frequency.

Here’s what you should know about the uses, dosage, and side effects of mineral oil for dogs.

Uses Of Mineral Oil For Dogs

Mineral oil is a lubricant laxative that most commonly treats mild constipation when used in dogs.

It works by adding extra moisture to both the stools and the bowels, which in turn makes it easier for the dog to pass stools.

Dosage Of Mineral Oil For Dogs

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The following is a guideline for typical use of the drug in dogs and must not replace your veterinarian’s advice for your individual pet.

Veterinarians generally recommend mineral oil for dogs in a dosage of one teaspoon of mineral oil for every ten pounds of the dog’s weight, administered by mixing it into their food.

Again you must consult with your regular veterinarian to double check that you are administering a safe dosage.

Warning: Never ever feed a dog mineral oil directly to their mouth. This can cause respiratory issues.

If your dog is suffering from temporary constipation, you should also make sure your dog is not dehydrated. Always provide enough fresh water.

Side Effects Of Mineral Oil For Dogs

Side effects mineral oil in dogs are uncommon as long as the oil is administered safely via the dog’s food. Never provide it directly into a dog’s mouth. This can result in respiratory issues and, in some cases, can even lead to pneumonia.

In general, if you notice signs of an allergic reaction when your dog takes a supplement or medicine, including hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing, then make sure to contact your veterinarian immediately.

If you suspect your dog has taken too much mineral oil and may be suffering from an overdose, or if your dog took the oil directly by mouth, then you must contact an emergency veterinarian right away.

Has your dog ever taken mineral oil to help with their constipation? Did it help them recover? Let us know in the comments section below!