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This topic is a rather unpleasant but important one: assessing your dog's poop for signs of a health problem. 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 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. Firm, soft, or runny poop containing blood or blood clots is almost always a sign of a serious health problem requiring immediate attention.


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. 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 your dog seems fine but is experiencing recurrent bouts of diarrhea, it's time for a checkup. 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. For instance, watery stools may indicate an intestinal problem, while small pellet-like poops can mean your dog is dehydrated. Learn what to do if your dog is eating his poop (a habit that's called coprophagia) here.


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. In some instances, it can feel like your dog is passing out more volume of waste than the food volume she ate! Dogs eating a high mineral raw food diet will produce poo that turns a much lighter color within 24 hours and disintegrates very quickly. That's because diarrhea upsets the normal rhythm of the muscle contractions in your dog's intestinal tract, giving her the feeling that she constantly needs to poop.
Puppies, small dogs, and seniors are at risk of dehydration from just one round of explosive diarrhea. It should be brown, solid but a bit squishy, in one log-like piece, and sized proportionate to the amount of food your dog ate. There could be a perforation of the intestinal wall from something the dog ingested, or from the eruption of a tumor or ulcer.
Slippery elm is safe for puppies, adults, and geriatric dogs and it is completely safe when blended with other medications. The below infographic by Just Right by Purina showed how the shape, size, content, color, and consistency of a dog’s doo-doo can give clues into any internal problems you and your vet may have missed or may need to investigate.



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