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Dogs fed processed kibble (which I don't recommend) typically produce large quantities of voluminous poop for several reasons. Dogs eating kibble also produce a stinkier poop because their bodies aren't designed to absorb certain nutrients in those diets (for example, grain and other starches, including the unnaturally high potato and pea content found in many "grain free" foods).
Raw fed dogs, on the other hand, tend to produce significantly less poop that is also smaller in size, firmer, and significantly less stinky. Dogs eating raw foods that could be too high in calcium or bone pass white, chalky feces, and may suffer from obstipation. Regardless of your dog's diet, it's important to know what her poop looks and smells like normally so that you'll be immediately aware of any changes in frequency, consistency, size, color, or smell.
One of the most obvious signs of a potential health problem in dogs is diarrhea, and diarrhea can have different characteristics depending on its cause. In the following situations, unless the problem clears up on its own within a day or so, I recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian. A soft stool with no visible blood or mucous might indicate either a dietary change or indiscriminate eating. A greasy-looking gray stool can be a sign of too much fat in your dog's diet, which can trigger pancreatitis, which is inflammation of the pancreas that can range from very mild to life threatening.
A black, tarry stool typically indicates the presence of old blood somewhere in the dog's digestive system. A soft stool containing or coated with mucous may indicate the presence of parvovirus or parasites.
A soft or watery stool with visible worms, eggs, or other uninvited guests is a clear indication of a parasite infestation. When most of us think of a dog with diarrhea, we picture the poor pup standing anxiously at the door, needing to get out quickly.


But what many dog parents don't realize is that sometimes diarrhea causes straining to go, making it look more like constipation than diarrhea. And in cases of chronic diarrhea, many dogs don't have accidents in the house and don't have fecal urgency, they simply always have loose, watery stools. Other symptoms that can go along with diarrhea include fever, lethargy, malaise, loss of appetite, and dehydration. Small bowel diarrhea can also be confusing to owners, as the first part of the stool is firm, followed by soft or very loose second half of the bowel movement, which can indicate a variety of issues including small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, maldigestion, malabsorption, food intolerances, exocrine pancreatic insufficiency, dybiosis, or IBS.
Most healthy dogs experience an occasional episode of loose stool or diarrhea that resolves within 12 to 24 hours.
If your dog seems fine after a bout of diarrhea -- meaning she's acting normal, with normal energy – it's safe to simply keep an eye on her to insure her stool returns to normal within a day or so. If you see blood in your pet's stool or she's weak or shows other signs of debilitation along with the diarrhea, you should make an appointment with the vet. It's important to bring a sample of your dog's stool to your appointment, even if it's watery. If your pet is an adult, otherwise healthy, and behaving normally except for the diarrhea, I recommend you withhold food – NOT WATER – for 12 hours. Feeding a bland diet and supplementing with slippery elm bark is a good plan for about 3 days, at which time your dog's stool should be back to normal. When your dog has a soft stool or mild diarrhea, firming up his stool eases digestive discomfort while reducing poop deposits. One of the best ways to do this is to monitor not only what goes into your dog, but also what comes out of him. Dogs eating a high mineral raw food diet will produce poo that turns a much lighter color within 24 hours and disintegrates very quickly.


Puppies, small dogs, and seniors are at risk of dehydration from just one round of explosive diarrhea. Feed 2 to 3 small meals a day until stools are back to 100 percent, which should happen in about 72 hours. If after 3 days the diarrhea hasn't cleared up, it's time to check in with your veterinarian. When your dog is stressed due to intense exercise, different food, noise or other factors, his body reacts with digestive upset and loose stools.
Pumpkin contains dietary fiber to sooth the digestive tract, absorb moisture and firm the stool.
So even though she's hunched over and straining, her colon might be empty after repeated bouts of loose stool. Slippery elm is safe for puppies, adults, and geriatric dogs and it is completely safe when blended with other medications. She may suggest a kibble or canned food without corn or grains; these often add bulk that softens stool. Limited ingredient foods, such as fish and sweet potato, benefit many dogs with chronic stool problems.
Also, rice tends to just zip right through the GI tract, exiting with the next bout of explosive diarrhea totally undigested. Balanced in protein and carbohydrates, this simple meal digests easily and usually yields a brown, firm stool.



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