Dog Poop

  • What is normal poop?

  • Probiotics

  • Diarrhea Help

    • Turkey & Pumpkin Diet

  • Constipation

  • GI Track Problems

  • Easy Clean Up (Doogie Dooley)

  • Removing Odors

  • Fly Control

Install a Doogie Dooley for no-stink disposal. (See Below)

What is normal poop?

If a dog is eliminating more than the number of feeding per day I would suspect the issue is a poor quality food with low digestibility and or a high fiber diet which causes a large volume and increased defecation frequency and poor stools. (Loose & smelly) [1]

There is actually a poop quality scoring chart that can be found here. (Scores of 2–3 are considered the optimum) Faeces Quality Scoring Chart (1-5)

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Probiotic (Bifidobacterium animalis AHC7) may help to prevent stress-related gastrointestinal upsets and diarrhea in dogs.

 For Stress & Diarrhea in Cats & Dogs Enterococcus faecium SF68

If diarrhea is a chronic or reoccurring problem it may be time to rule out a food intolerance/sensitivity which is more common than a food allergy.

For a listed of trusted probiotics click here

Diarrhea help

Be Observant: Your Dog's Poop Can Foretell Health Troubles

Analysis by Dr. Karen Shaw Becker

Occasional episodes of diarrhea are to be expected if you have a dog in the family

  • There are many potential causes of diarrhea in dogs, but the most common is dietary indiscretion

  • Diarrhea comes in many forms, and you can sometimes tell the cause by the appearance of the stool

  • Diarrhea symptoms include not only explosive loose, watery stools, but also hunching and straining that looks more like constipation than the opposite

  • Home care for a bout of diarrhea in an otherwise healthy dog can include a short-term fast, followed by a bland diet

“Puppies, small breeds and older dogs are at high risk of becoming dehydrated from even a single episode of diarrhea. If your dog seems fine and healthy after a bout of diarrhea, it's safe to simply keep a careful eye on her. But if you notice any lethargy, a fever, or a change in behavior, you should call your veterinarian.”

“If your dog seems fine otherwise but is having recurring episodes of diarrhea that don't seem to be resolving, or episodes that last more than three days, it's also time to call the vet for an appointment. And needless to say, if she's passing blood in her stool or you notice any weakness or other signs of debilitation along with diarrhea, it's important to get her to the vet immediately.”

Types of Dog Diarrhea

“In the following situations, unless the problem clears up on its own within a day or so, I recommend making an appointment with your veterinarian:”

  • A soft stool with no visible blood or mucus might indicate either a dietary change or indiscriminate eating. However, it can also signal the presence of an intestinal parasite such as giardia.

  • A greasy-looking gray stool can be a sign of too much fat in your dog's diet, which can trigger pancreatitis — inflammation of the pancreas that can range from very mild to life-threatening.

  • A black, tarry stool typically indicates the presence of old blood somewhere in the dog's digestive system. It can be a sign of injury to the GI tract from indiscriminate eating, and it can also be a sign of a very serious disease such as cancer.

  • Watery diarrhea can be a sign of stress or a viral (e.g., parvovirus) or parasitic infection and can lead very quickly to dehydration, especially in puppies.

  • A soft stool containing or coated with mucus may indicate the presence of parvovirus or parasites.

  • A soft or watery stool with visible worms, eggs or other uninvited guests is a clear indication of a parasite infestation.

  • Firm, soft or runny poop containing blood or blood clots is almost always a sign of a serious health problem requiring immediate attention. Fresh blood indicates current bleeding, typically from the large intestine or the anus or anal glands. There could be a perforation of the intestinal wall from something the dog ingested, or from the eruption of a tumor or ulcer.

“Most giardia infections are asymptomatic, meaning there are no obvious signs your pet is infected. When symptoms are present, the most common is diarrhea, which can be acute, chronic or it can come and go.”

“Due to the intermittent nature of loose stools associated with giardia, many people assume the dog got into something he shouldn't have, or had a meal that didn't agree with him. Consequently, many cases of giardia go undiagnosed.”

“I recommend an ELISA or PCR test for giardia for any pet with a history of GI issues. A fecal ELISA or PCR test is preferable to a fecal flotation test because it checks for the presence of giardia antigens. A fecal float only detects giardia cysts, which may or may not be in the particular stool sample being tested.”

Treating a Pet With Diarrhea at Home

“If your dog is otherwise healthy and his behavior is normal, my recommendation is to withhold food — not water, just food — for 12 hours. A short-term fast gives the GI tract a chance to rest, repair and restore itself.”

“Follow the 12-hour food fast with a bland diet. I recommend cooked, fat-free, ground turkey and 100% canned pumpkin. If canned pumpkin isn't available, you can use fresh, steamed pumpkin. If you can't use either one of those, you can use cooked sweet potato or even cooked white potato.

Many veterinarians still recommend a bland diet of ground beef and rice. I don't agree. Even the leanest ground beef is high in fat, which can worsen GI upset, and boiling it doesn't substantially decrease the fat content. That's why I recommend fat-free meat for bland diets.”

Additional Treatment Suggestions

“I also recommend keeping some slippery elm on hand. Slippery elm is a neutral fiber source that works really well to ease episodes of diarrhea. I call it "nature's Pepto-Bismol" because it reduces GI inflammation and acts as a non-irritating source of fiber to bulk up the stool and slow down GI transit time.”

“Give your dog about a half a teaspoon or a capsule for each 10 pounds of body weight with every bland meal. I also recommend adding in a good-quality probiotic once the stool starts to firm up.”

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Why Pumpkin Is Better Than Rice in Your Pet's Bland Diet

Canned pumpkin (100 percent pumpkin, not pumpkin pie filling) provides about 80 calories and 7 grams of soluble fiber per cup, compared to 1.2 grams of fiber in a cup of cooked white rice. Pumpkin is very rich in soluble fiber (the type that dissolves in water to form a viscous gel) that coats and soothes irritated bowels. Soluble fiber also delays gastric emptying, slowing down GI transit times, and therefore the number of episodes of diarrhea.

Why Ground Turkey Is Better Than Other Protein Sources

My reason for recommending turkey is simple — it's lower in fat than hamburger and chicken (and bison meat). Fat can worsen GI upset and exacerbate pancreatitis. Rinsing boiled or baked meat removes surface fat, but it can't remove the fat that remains in the flesh.

For this reason, I recommend fat-free meat for bland diets. You can easily find fat-free ground turkey or turkey breast in most grocery stores, along with 100 percent solid packed pumpkin in the baking aisle (make sure it's not pumpkin pie filling). If you prefer organic and non-GMO foods, look for fresh organic pumpkin and turkey meat.



Easy - No Stink Clean Up

No smell, no mess! Doggie Dooley is the original in-ground pet waste disposal system. It works like a miniature septic system, composting dog waste into a ground-absorbed liquid utilizing ordinary water and natural acting bacteria and enzymes. Dig a hole in your yard, install in the ground, then drop in dog waste, Waste Terminator digester and water for continuous breakdown of dog waste.   The environmentally friendly Doggie Dooley is harmless to pets, lawns, trees and shrubs.  It's ideal for most soil conditions except heavy clay.  

Removing Odors

How to Properly Clean Up without a Trace

If your dog does eliminate in the house you must permanently remove all odors from this area with cleaning products that completely eliminates all odors and not just covers them up with another scent.  Do not use a cleaning product that is ammonia based or any product that leaves a scent otherwise the dog will be attracted back to this spot. Clean the area with an enzymatic cleaner or one designed to neutralized odor molecules in urine to remove all traces of the smell inside the house.  It may require more than one application. You can also use the laundry detergent that you use to wash your clothes to remove any odors provided it won’t discolor the surface. Using a solution of your laundry detergent won’t introduce a foreign scent to the area that will attract your dog again.   To complete the cleanup I highly recommend after thoroughly cleaning the area that you spray Zero Odor Pet Odor Eliminator to eliminate odors on a molecular level.