Dog Poop Health

From Good Digestion to Scary Mucus

Dog poop health? You bet. Digestion is key to health. Your dog can't talk but his fecal matter can.  Often health problems show up there first so know what to look for during poop patrol.

Dog Poop Health - Seek and ye shall find the answer

Poop varies in size, shape and density depending on a dog's diet.

Occasional diarrhea is a head's up to pay attention and constipation could be a lack of water.

And if you don't know what is normal for your dog, how do you know what is abnormal?

When we get busy with life and let the dog out alone to do his business, we could be missing an opportunity to stop a long term and possibly fatal health issue which may start with (as an example) mucus in dog poop.

If the whole idea of watching your dog have a bowel movement bothers you, get over it.

It's not a private matter to a dog. If it was, they wouldn't be so adamant about sniffing everyone's including their own.

Please don't wait for your veterinarian to ask for a fecal sample. You can learn a lot about your dog by poop observation.



General Fecal Matters Guideline

If the smell gags you, your dog needs a new food plan. If it turns moldy instead of decomposing, a diet change is in order. If you spot flecks of bright colors, encourage your children to put away the crayons.

Look for:

  • Straining (constipation in dogs or a blockage)
  • Runny poop (soft is okay but runny or liquid needs attention. This can be a sign of dog digestion problems or food allergies.)
  • Hangers (this describes either constipation or a foreign object like string that can be backed up into the intestines and need snipping off with scissors to avoid internal damage by pulling.)
  • Stinky poop (If you can smell it from a distance, seriously consider a change of menu.)


Closeup Inspection for Dog Poop Health

While being a closeup dog poop health detective may not be on you list of fun things to do - do it anyway. After all, your dog can't tell you what's bothering him and the vet probably won't have enough information to give you a positive diagnosis.

Here are a few things to look and smell for:


  • Smelly poop (Yes I'm mentioning it again because I can't believe how much I've learned this way.  Bad smell equals bad food. You should never be able to smell it at a distance.
  • Mucus on dog stool (If you find this, do daily checks to be sure it disappears.) Mucus is a sign of intestinal inflammation.
  • Rocky turds - small, dense turds show lack of hydration. If you feed kibble, add water to the kibble. It will protect kidneys. 
  • Identifiable food (Things like corn kernels or rice prove a total lack of dog digestion, so omit these things from your dog's diet.)
  • Foreign objects (Bits of paper or plastic mean your dog is sneaking things that can really hurt him. I was serious about bits of color. Every dog or cat I've had that was exposed to crayons, ate them at least once. Smell a Crayola sometime. They smell great and are supposed to be non toxic but they are not food.)
  • Signs of life. If anything is moving, keep watching. It could be worms. (If so, don't run out and get a dewormer.There are less non toxic alternatives at Dog Dewormer.)
  • Grain of rice could be undigested rice but that  is also what tapeworms look like in dog poop before they stretch out. If you observe this, get a stick or something to poke at it and make it move. See tapeworms .



Poop Difference
Between Raw and Kibble Fed Dogs

There's a huge difference and all of it thrilled me back when I switched to a raw diet.

The poop size of a raw fed dog is half or less that of a kibble eater because there are no useless fillers.

The smell of the poop from a raw fed dog is practically non existent compared to a kibble eater and will actually decompose. Sometimes in as little as two weeks.

A kibble fed dog usually has softer, larger stools because of the chemicals in the food, and of course, the fillers.


Mucus in Dog Poop

This could be temporary glitch from something eaten or it could be the beginning of painful and debilitating health issues. Why? Mucus is something the body makes as a form of self protection like I explain on my Dog Mucus page.

However when it comes to mucus in dog poop, we've got a big red flag because there is swelling in the bowels or intestines.

If there is inflammation in the digestive tract, not only is it painful but food cannot be digested properly.

Without food being assimilated no matter what your pooch eats he could actually suffer from  malnutrition which will further deplete health.

With all the highly processed foods dogs ingest, IBD and IBS (Irritable bowel disease; inflammatory bowel disease or syndrome) have become all too common and soon that mucus in dog poop changes to diarrhea with mucus and then bloody diarrhea in dogs.

The dog becomes lethargic and if it continues, his liver will also become stressed showing elevated liver enzymes and he will start losing weight.

This is a recipe for disaster which can be avoided by understanding dog poop health. For more information on IBD and why fasting and the right supplements will help heal your dog, please read Irritable Bowel Syndrome in dogs.


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