Changes In Dog's Poop Color And Consistency
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Changes in dog's poop color
Changes in the color of your dog's stool
Owners may occasionally see some undigested vegetable material within the stool. This isn't problematic, and shouldn't prompt concern as there are still plenty of nutrients within the
Changes in dog's poop color
People may also notice that when changing to fresh foods there is a change in the color of the stool. This is perfectly normal and not something to be alarmed at. Some of the unique compounds within the carbohydrates that give them color may also occasionally color the stool. In addition, if the stool becomes a darker shade of, say, orange or yellow, that can be related to certain compounds that help facilitate digestion that
In addition, there may be times where animals are very active. If they get very active, their digestive tract may also move a bit faster. There are some dogs that pet parents will be very familiar with: they go out and play, and they may have
This is not problematic and is accounted for within the diet. There are still plenty of nutrients in there. Again, not something that one would expect to be alarming and nothing that really prompts any concern unless you are seeing the bulk of the diet
Changes in dog's poop consistency
Changes in stool consistency are normal in dogs that are being fed fresh diets and really anytime they are given dietary variety. Understandably, people get very worried when the stool changes. Maybe their dog has to go to the bathroom more frequently. Maybe the stool is softer than typical. During the transition to a fresh diet, these changes are certainly expected.
Again, the bacteria are what
They may be straining a little bit to defecate. This by itself in the short term, especially when changing a diet, is not something for immediate concern. The things that should prompt you to talk to your veterinarian and make contact with them is certainly if your animal seems to be lethargic or has behavioral changes. He might be less likely to go out and play, somewhat reserved about his normal activity, not excited about eating, especially if they were before.
All of those things would prompt you to think that this may be more severe than just a food-associated change in stool quality. However, a simple episode where there are a few instances of softer stool can be perfectly normal on these diets and related to the unique flora of bacteria within your dog’s gut, which again is very individualized, just like the recipes that are prepared.
Other dogs will, on a fresh diet, especially those diets that are lower in fiber, have harder or firmer stool and also go outside less often, and this is because they have become uniquely adapted to digesting the bulk of these fresh nutrients. It is again not something that should prompt any concern and probably not related to constipation itself. For an animal to truly be constipated, it is usually not the diet that is the problem.
There is typically some underlying medical condition, so if you know your animal has a medical condition, there is a change in stool, and you are concerned about it or they are showing any of these signs, then certainly that is the time where you should contact your vet and find out if they have specific recommendations for what to do in addition to diet.
Again, dietary changes result in stool change and even in stool variability. The advantage to a natural diet is you can see those ingredients and their source very carefully, but there is some inherent variation in the diet itself, even though all the diets will be complete and balanced for your dog’s maximum health and wellness. So minor stool changes: not a problem, but any behavioral changes or