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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.