Knowing the scoop about your best friend’s poop is important – and as easy as spotting some basics.
Have you ever wondered what your dog really thinks about the food you feed him? Unless he clearly does not like the taste of the food you place in his bowl every day, there’s really no way to know how his diet is affecting his overall health and well-being. But by keeping tabs on the quality of his stool, there IS a lot of information to be learned.
Part of being the best pet parent possible is knowing as much as you can about his health. For that reason, sharing some important and "easy to digest" information about your best friend’s poop should prove very helpful for us all. Consider it as crash course on "The Scoop On Poop".
In general, there are the five areas that are important to identify:
1. its COLOR.
A normal color for your pet's stool should be mimic that of a brown, chocolate candy bar. Dogs who are fed Bil-Jac typically have darker colored stools because Bil-Jac's formula incorporates high quality meat ingredients – typically much higher than other dog food brands.
2. the stool SHAPE
The shape of your dog's stool should look like a log. Does your best friend's stool look more like a small ball or pebble? It could be a sign that he needs more water, and could be dehydrated. Senior dogs, with arthritic hips, are some times unable to maintain regular bowel movements. Arthritic dogs often drop small nuggets of stool when they walk or are at rest.
3. its CONSISTENCY.
The normal consistency of a stool should be like that of dough. It should be easy to pick up in its entirety, without its shape being significantly distorted in the process. When you pick up your dog's stool from the grass (with gloves on, of course!), you should be able to pick ALL of it up, without any tracings left behind on the grass. It's socially acceptable (if not expected) to pick up after your best friend in public places today. A good consistency of stool makes this job a lot easier. Our consumers tell us frequently that with Bil-Jac, dogs typically produce very consistent stools, and make life a whole lot easier.
4. the SIZE.
Here's an easy test. Your dog's stool should be consistent with and relative to the amount of food your dog eats. With that said, the size of a very small dog's stool will be dramatically smaller than a large breed’s stool. It should also be consistent for the individual pet. Have you noticed that you dog is having more frequent bowel movements? It could be that your best friend may not be appropriately digesting the food as well as he should. In this case, a switch to a better quality food might be the best solution.
5. the CONTENT.
Your dog's stool should be just that – and only that. Make sure to look at your dog's stool closely.
Adapted from an original article by Donna Solomon, DVM, featured in the Huffington Post.
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