The one thing that all dog owners that feed raw have in common – the obsession with poop!

This is because your dog’s poop can tell you so much about your dog’s health.  The colour, smell, firmness and frequency are all clues to the internal wellbeing of your dog.

 

 

 

 

Let’s start at the beginning…

What should dog poop look like?

A raw fed dog should have firm poop with very little smell.  It should take a little effort to pass, to ensure the natural anal gland emptying takes place.  The colour of the poop will depend upon what protein has recently been eaten.

Should dog poop smell?

No, very smelly poop is often a sign of inappropriate ingredients in the food. Poop should never smell bad on a raw food diet.

How much should my dog poop?

On a raw diet, dogs poop much less than on a processed diet, as there is significantly less waste to expel.  It is not uncommon for raw fed dogs to only poop once a day.

Should my dog’s poop have mucus on it? 

If you see mucus on your dog’s poop, it is a sign that your dog’s system is cleansing itself.   

It is important to note any changes you see in your dog’s poop that you feel are not expected.  For example, if your dog’s poop is black or there is evidence of worms or blood; in this instance it is worth contacting your vet.

Ideal dog poop

So let’s examine where your dog’s poop sits on the poop scale.

1  Runny – this can range from watery liquid to a thick gravy-like consistency, with occasional lumps. Your dog will have limited control over expelling this.  

2 Slightly Shaped – slightly more formed when being expelled than above, but very mushy and soft in texture once on the ground.

3 Comfortably formed – firmly shaped in a perfect torpedo like shape.  This type of poop keeps shape once on the ground and is easy to pick up..

4 Dry and crumbly – This type of poop takes a while to pass and often crumbles apart before reaching the ground.  Often light yellow in colour.

Number 3 is where you want to be, but for a variety of reasons you may occasionally have a different score. 

 

Let’s examine why…

 

1 + 2 Soft or Runny Poop – Diarrhoea in dogs

Some of the reasons why your dog may be suffering from loose poops or diarrhoea:

  1. Picked up a bug on a walk
  2. Raided the bin 
  3. Worms
  4. Stress
  5. Changing their diet too quickly
  6. Innoculations

What to do if my dog has diarrhoea:

If you raw feed your dog then try a bland protein such as white fish or turkey to allow your dog’s tummy to settle.  Our Sensitive Tummy meals are perfect for this.  The addition of herbs,  such as marshmallow or slippery elm can also be a helpful addition to your dog’s meals to give digestive support.   If your dog does not recover after a couple of days then consult your vet for advice. 

4 Dry and Crumbly Poop – Constipation in dogs

This is often caused by too much bone in the diet.  Dogs can generally easily tolerate 10% bone in their diet. However some dogs that are inactive can struggle with this amount.

When feeding bones always remember to feed a bone-free meal afterwards to avoid constipation.

 

What to do if my dog is constipated:

  1. Add extra water with meals.  Keep the proteins bland and gentle. Only feed boneless meats.
  2. Add apple cider vinegar (1 tsp per 250g)
  3. Add extra virgin olive oil (1 tsp per 500g)
  4. Add extra green veggies to the meal.
  5. Go for a long walk!  Movement helps to encourage the bowels to empty.
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