As pet owners,
there are only so many things we can use to gauge our pet’s health. Both fortunately and unfortunately, dog poop is one of them. Not only is it important to check the stool itself, it’s also smart to periodically peep your pet while they’re going. You’re looking to ensure they’re not struggling or straining too much to eliminate. Poop can be the indicator of many things, but it’s also excellent insight into how their diet is serving them.
The Scoop On Poop
Generally speaking, a normal healthy-looking poop should be somewhat moist, firm, and have a mild odor. Of course, every dog is different so you’ll quickly learn what to expect from each respective pooch. If your pet eliminates often and/or their waste is overwhelmingly smelly, it could be because their food has unnecessary, non-nutritious ingredients. Most pets fed a raw diet not only poop less because their body is using more of the nutrients found in the food, but the waste is less smelly and smaller.
Runny poop can be a red flag.
What’s confusing is diarrhea could be as simple as an upset stomach. This can be due to dietary changes or stress. Diarrhea can also be serious as a parasite or intestinal obstruction. How do you tell the difference? Look for blood, mucous, worms or eggs in thier stool. Also take note of the color, as a dark runny stool can be indicative of blood being eliminated from their system. If you see any of these things, call your veterinarian. If your dog is exhibiting signs of lethargy, disorientation, or feeling warm to the touch along with diarrhea, call your veterinarian.
If your pet is behaving normally and their poop just seems excessively soft, try withholding food for 12 hours. FYI- Never withhold water. After 12 hours, offer a bland diet like boiled chicken and sweet potato or ground turkey and 100% pure pumpkin. If the stool doesn’t return to normal after 12-24 hours of a bland diet, call your veterinarian.
Lastly, it’s important to watch them while they go to ensure they aren’t straining too hard; even pets with diarrhea can exhibit signs of struggle while eliminating which isn’t healthy for their colon or digestive tract.
You know what’s normal for your pet. If you see a soft stool it’s not a time to panic, but it is a signal to watch them a little more closely and make sure it’s not something more serious.