Somebody has to answer the question all dog owners ask – what should their dogs poop look and smell like and does it tell us anything.
A healthy dog poop should require a little effort to pass ensuring natural anal gland emptying. It varies in colour and dryness dependent on the protein eaten. Some dogs find digesting some protein easier than others.
So if your dogs’ faeces are hard, dry and crumbly in appearance then it would be beneficial to add some digestive enzymes to the meal when feeding as well as apple cider vinegar which is Ph2 the same as the natural Ph of the stomach. Both these additions aid digestion during the transition and helpful in general to ensure a healthy gut.
To encourage the movement of stools through your dogs lower bowel, a tsp of coconut oil per 500 gram of food is also beneficial to add and doubles up for a super shiny coat.
Dog Faeces Odour/smell
Your dogs’ poo should never smell pungent on a raw food diet. Highly odorous faeces are evidence of poor digestion and problems digesting the ingredients. Smell is caused by bacteria which are anaerobic in the dog’s stomach.
Mucous on poop – Stools that are covered in a shiny mucous. This does occur during a detox process, so when moving from kibble/ dry food / tinned processed food, your dog’s body will be eliminating the toxins that have built up during that time. You may also notice this when your dog has had a vaccine or chemical wormer, you may possibly notice mucus on the poop afterwards as with any drug the ingest such as antibiotics. It’s the body way of cleansing the system.
The volume of poo produced by dogs fed on raw diets will be significantly smaller than dogs fed on grain or kibble diets. All the intake is utilized and therefore minimal waste out the back end.
Coprophagia, (eating poop)
There are many theories as to why dogs do this. In general, it is most probably a behavioural issue rather than a diet issue if your dog is on a complete raw food meal diet. This problem either stems from puppy-hood when they may have been chastised from pooping in a certain area, it may have become a displacement behaviour for anxious encounters or they feel vulnerable leaving their scent out and about. For dogs that eat others poop, I find this generally happens with dogs when they find a processed food poop, must smell awesome!
In the end, it is important to know what is “normal” for your own dog, based on there diet and lifestyle, So you can spot a difference straight away because when it comes to it, the proof is in the poo.Tags: faeces