Poop – It Always Has Something To Say

Everybody poops.  Perhaps the most attention, however, is paid to the poop that comes out of our dogs.  Poop can tell us a lot of things – if they are healthy, ill, stressed, eating ‘bad’ things, eating ‘good’ things, etc.

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One of the first things we notice about poop is the volume.  We notice this, mostly, because we are the ones who have to pick it up.  The amount of poop generally depends upon what a dog is eating.  The more fillers and cheap ingredients there are in a meal, the more poop there is.  The more real food in poop, the smaller the pile tends to be.  Dogs that eat kibble have a far higher volume of stool than a dog fed a raw diet of primarily meat, bones and organs – all usable ingredients.

Consistency of poop is another sure way to tell what is happening within your dog.  All dog owners have dealt with the dread ‘dire rear’ upon occasion.  It can be caused by many things including inappropriate snacking, viruses or bacteria, parasites, dirty water, etc.  Severity will vary from pure liquid, pudding-like, semi-formed or semi-soft and everything in between.  Occasionally blood will make an appearance signaling extreme irritation of the colon or, in some cases, a more serious problem such as the parvovirus.  No matter what dogs are fed, diarrhea can absolutely occur in times of stress in ANY dog.  Heat, activity, change, new situations etc. can all be causes of ‘stress poos’.

Most kibble fed dogs have poop that falls somewhere between well-formed and slightly soft as a result of the grains and fillers that kibble contains.  Raw fed dogs generally have firmer poop – a little less firm when they eat a less bone filled meal, slightly more firm when they are fed a meal higher in bone.  Raw meat and bones are all usable hence ‘less’ waste which means a more concentrated poo.  Occasionally, if you are feeding too much bone, a raw fed dog will have poop that is FAR too firm.  Fix this issue by adding more meat or more organs to the meal.

Color is another indicator as to what might be happening inside of your dog’s digestive tract.  Often, dogs that are fed a cheaper food will have poop that is bright yellow or even orange which adequately conveys the color of the kibble itself and the fillers and chemicals located within it.  Raw fed dogs tend to have a poo that is more uniform in color with no florescent unnatural hues to be found since they are only fed actual real food with no artificial enhancements.

Sometimes there are dogs that have chronic soft poops no matter what you do.  This could be because of a medical condition or just a poor digestive system.  If you notice that your dog perpetually suffers such a thing, a change in food is in order or an addition of a probiotic to help.

Sure it’s disgusting but it has so very much to tell us.  Make sure you are paying attention.

What have you found most alarming and what have you found most reassuring about your dog’s poop? Leave your answer in the comment section below.