The occasion often arises when it
is desirable to give a dog an enema.
The technique is simple and it should be mastered by every dog owner.
The animal is placed in a tub and tied close to the faucet or to any
other convenient object. A pan of lukewarm water mixed with a dash of
soap is prepared. Take a clean, rubber, bulb syringe with a bone nozzle
and fill it with water to be used for the enema. Apply some vaseline to
Insert the nozzle fully into the dog's rectum and empty
the water into it. Repeat this until the animal has taken in sufficient
water to induce a full action. The amount of water depends on the size
of the animal. After a sufficient quantity of water is inserted, place
the right hand flat on the abdominal region of the dog and slightly in
front of the hind legs.
Then squeeze the water out of the abdomen by
closing and opening the hand while applying pressure to the abdomen.
This will usually result in an immediate bowel action. Then take the
animal for a walk so as to permit any remaining action to take place.
This procedure is not as gruesome as it sounds, especially since,
properly performed, it often brings prompt relief. Of course there are
variations in the technique of giving an enema, but the one mentioned
here is probably the simplest and most effective. If there are any
doubts as to its effectiveness, it might be well to have your
veterinarian demonstrate the
technique. It would also be a good idea to seek veterinary advice
before giving an enema, to make sure that the animal's condition calls
for it. There are times when an enema can do more harm than good.