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What does healthy dog poo look like?

Healthy dog poo – the unsavoury information you really need to know.

Here’s a brief insight into what’s right and not so fly in the poop department.

 

Kibble Poo

  1. Kibble Fed Dog Poo

Firstly, if your dog exists entirely on a diet of dried food or kibble, it will be receiving all it’s basic nutritional requirements.

However, if you’re feeding supermarket dog foods – you should be aware that much of that feed is made up of grain fillers – which are not required for dog’s digestion.

As a result, your dog will pass a LOT of large grogans as the fillers are expelled.

 

 

 

Raw Food Poo

 

2. Raw Fed Dog Poo

Dogs on raw fed diets generally have much smaller & more manageable poo. Raw fed dogs have 25 to 30% less stool volume than dogs fed processed pet food. This indicates a more efficient use of ingredients from a raw dog food diet.

On the raw diet you can expect chalky white stools which are consistently smaller in volume – as an added bonus they have almost no odour.

 

 

mucous-poo

 

3. Mucous-y Dog Poo

Mucous indicates an irritation or inflammation of the intestines which produce the mucus to protect the sensitive absorptive cells.

Usually you don’t need to worry about a small amount of mucous but if you notice an excessive amount of mucus in your dog’s poo, or if it is accompanied with blood or a radical change in your dog’s bowel movements, seek immediate veterinary medical attention.

 

 

white-poo-1

4. White Dog Poo

For those of you who were around in the 70s and 80s – have you wondered where all the white dog poo has gone?

Dogs that eat foods which are high in minerals produce poo that turns light within 24 hours and breaks down quicker than brown poo. In addition, if a dog’s diet contains too much calcium or bones, freshly passed stools are often white and have a chalky texture.

In the 70s and 80s raw bones were more prominent in dogs diets – hence the reason we used to see a lot more of it around.

 

 

black-poo

 

5. Black Dog Poo

This generally indicates bleeding somewhere higher up in the dog’s intestinal tract, such as the stomach or small intestine.

Ulcers or bleeding from rat poison, heat stroke or an immune-mediated disease, can display as black, tarry stools.

Black dog poo requires an urgent trip to the vet.

 

 

Do you want to keep your dog as healthy as possible?

Check out this article on How to Identify Common Mineral Deficiencies in Dogs

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