As a caring dog owner, I look at my dog’s stool each day to know exactly what’s going on with his body (just kidding...sort of just kidding...maybe every other day).
A lot can be discovered by just taking a look!
Your dog’s poop provides you with clues that will help you to determine how they are digesting their food.
Is your dog healthy?
Did he or she eat something they shouldn’t have? (socks, sticks, toys.. they eat anything and everything)
Every animal is an individual and they have specific dietary requirements. Understanding what your dog’s poop is telling you will help you adjust the diet to suit their needs.
We only want our fur baby's to be happy and healthy!!
Small Firm Poop
This is a normal, ideal poop for your dog.
This stool is indicative of the small amount of waste produced by a dog or cat that is using much of the nutrients they take in. All that is left is a small amount of waste.
The colour can vary depending on what your dog is eating, but the size and firmness is key when classifying a healthy poop.
Large & Soggy Poop
We often refer to this stool as “kibble poop”.
This stool has a very pungent and offensive scent and leaves a residue when it is picked up.
You’ll know when you step on one of these, as it will follow you everywhere.
The large size of this stool indicates a pet that is not fully digesting their food.
The waste is full of nutrients that the body wasn’t able to absorb.
This is also why your dog enjoys the kitty litter buffet.
They are enjoying all of the undigested material that your cat has left for them.
Diarrhea vs Loose Stool
It is important to distinguish between diarrhea and loose stool when assessing the health of your pet.
Dogs and cats that are experiencing diarrhea often don’t have the ability to control their bowel movements. This stool has no form and can sometimes be explosive.
Plus it may mean that your pet is likely to be dehydrated and lethargic and you should be prepared to seek veterinary advice.
Loose stool, on the other hand, is soft and sometimes unformed, but it is usually not a medical concern.
These stools have a number of causes including stress and eating something that didn’t agree with them.
Diet related causes include too much fat, above ground vegetables, fruit, or poor water quality. Medications and toxins in the environment can also loosen stool.
It is important to determine the cause in order to responsibly monitor the situation.
It is important to monitor your pet’s overall health to ensure that you don’t miss a serious condition.
While most owners will experience several of these examples throughout the life of their pet, veterinary care is recommended if an unhealthy poop is coupled with other symptoms or if the problem persists for longer than 24 hours.
Other symptoms may include vomiting, lethargy, abnormal gum colour (pale or blue/purplish), dehydration, not drinking/eating, restlessness, increased respiratory or heart rate, etc.
It’s always better to be on the alert side of caution than to miss a serious condition and not get to the vet on time.
The Best Kind of Poop is Raw Food Poop
Thinking of feeding your dog raw? Here are some of the changes that occur with your dogs bowel movements!!
Raw food diets usually produce..
Some people have gone back to feeding kibble, because no one explained that their dog’s poop would radically change on a raw food diet! On a raw diet, multiple piles of soft, stinky poop from dry kibble is a thing of the past.
Please remember to pick up your dog’s poop. Earth Rated Poop Bags and other reliable bio degradable bags are available with a handy dispenser and refill rolls.
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Ask us about unscented and compostable options as well!!