What your Pet’s poop is telling you
Your pet’s poop as an indicator of pet health
We’d like to share a sometimes messy, stinky but important issue today: your pet’s poop. As pet parents we sometimes become obsessive about how our pet’s poop looks or feels and for good reason; this is one of the quickest indications of our pet’s health.
Want to know what healthy dog poop looks like and what to avoid, here are some examples on Dr. Karen Becker’s website.
Here’s to a healthy happy dog and cat poop!
Messy Pet’s Poop: What to do when your dog or cat has diarrhea (Updated January 2016)
Other than diarrhea, if your dog or cat is acting normally and is healthy, here’s what we suggest:
- Give your pet’s stomach a rest from the normal food it eats for a few hours.
- You could give either bone broth, kefir, pureed whole pumpkin preferably organic (including skin and seeds) to help ease upset stomach while keeping your pet hydrated. These are bland diets without fat to ensure that your pet’s diarrhea does not get worse. (often people use rice and ground beef as a combination but it can lead to gasiness as rice ferments)
- Alternatively, you could use slippery elm to stop diarrhea. About ¼ tsp of powder for every 10 lbs mixed in bland food or water. It is fine to withhold food for up to 12 hrs for a dog with diarrhea but always ensure your dog has water.
- When your dog’s stool is back to normal, go back to your normal feeding. (If diarrhea persists for more than 3 days consult your vet!)
What to do when there is constipation
This depends on the type of food your dog or cat is eating. Does it not have enough fiber or too much bone content?
Here’s what we suggest you can add to your food:
- Add more sources of fiber such as pumpkin or veggies.
- Alternatively, you could use slippery elm to help with the constipation.
- Lastly, coconut oil or fish oil can sometimes be used to grease the tubes.