Does your dog have healthy poops and what is your dog’s poop telling you about their health?
Your pet should be eliminating waste at least once a day. Elimination of waste is vital to your pet’s health because this is the way the body rids toxins. If they are not they could have an underlining condition of chronic constipation. Constipation can be fatal. Toxins can store up in the body and cause all sorts of infections, gastrointestinal distress, and pain. It is very important to make sure your pet is eliminating with proper poops. But how do we know what is a “healthy poop”?
We follow the four C’s:
Color: Normal and healthy stools should be a chocolate brown. This is a sign that the gallbladder is releasing bile to aid to the breakdown of food. Some abnormal stool colors are:
Black Stool: This could mean bleeding high up in the digestive tract. If this should occur we recommend Super Pet Enzymes. Enzymes will help to repair torn tissues that may have corroded due to an excess of acidity build up in the GI tract.
Red Streaks: Indicates bleeding in the lower digestive tract. Super Pet Enzymes are also beneficial also in these cases GI Distress can help soothe inflamed areas of the GI Tract.
Grey or Yellow Stools: May indicate issue with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. This is a byproduct of not enough bilirubin being processed in a low functioning body. If this is the case with your pet you will want to take action to raise the immune system.
Consistency: The ideal stool is the consistency of play-doh. It holds its form without squishing into the grass. The Bristol Stool Chart is used among veterinarians to rate the health of each elimination. Below I will recommend a natural pet supplementation to address each type 1-7.
Type 1: These separate hard lumps have sat in the large intestines and colon for an extended amount of time. It can be caused by a semi paralysis in the intestines. The Intestines need to be in constant motion. If your dog’s poop is a Type 1 then I recommend Easy go New. It will help to keep the intestinal track moving consistently and can be given regularly for maintenance of good stools.
Type 2: Sausage shaped but lumpy this could be the result of not enough fiber and enzymes in the dog’s diet. This shape of poop means that the poop spent too much time drying in the intestines, but it has not dried enough to break apart into small pieces. If your dog’s poop is a type 2 then I recommend Canine Comfort. This is a multi spectrum formula that can be given regularly for maintenance of good stools.
Type 3: Like a sausage but with cracks on the surface is typical to a poor diet or sedentary lifestyle. We highly recommend a diet that does not consist of corn, wheat, soy, chicken, turkey, or duck. Also, it is so important to take your dog outside for exercise. They will love being out there with you and it is a good time to see how their stools are forming. If you have a pup that is in need of a little pep in their step then I recommend Celloquent to give them the proper nutrients that will help them have more energy and vitality.
Type 4: Like a sausage or snake, smooth and soft are some of the more healthier types of poop although to keep the beneficial flora active in your dog’s intestines I highly recommend a daily dosage of Pet Flora .
Type 5: Soft blobs with clear cut edges could be a sign of over feeding. If you find that your dog is always hungry try adding Super Food Supplement to its diet. This will allow the body to absorb proper nutrients in the dog’s food.
Type 6: Fluffy pieces with ragged edges, a mushy stool is an early stage of diarrhea. This can be caused by stress, change in diet, or activity. If this is your dogs poop then it is best to get a head of the game and put a stop to it before it gets worse. I recommend Gastro Prime Combo. This will help to tone, reduced inflammation, add fiber and reduce toxins in the intestinal tract. Resulting in firming up stools are bringing the body back to balance.
Type 7: Watery, no solid pieces (entirely liquid). This is an advanced stage of diarrhea. The body is not retaining nutrients from food, loosing hydration, irritating the intestines, and creating a pool of water in the rectum that can create environments for cancer, bacteria, and a wealth of sicknesses. If your dog is experiencing this type of stool I recommend the TRVD Protocol. This protocol with help to absorb the excess water in the intestinal tract, add fiber, reduce inflammation, ease digestion, and remove toxins from the body.
Content: Everything that goes in must come out so taking some time to examine the contents of your dogs stool could help you determine what they are eating. You may find such things as foreign materials, grass, plastics, rocks or clumps of fur. There are many things that this discovery can tell you but the two main reasons could be a search for more nutrients and stress. If this is the case I recommend the Longevity protocol.
Coating: Poop should not have a coating or film on it. This also can be a symptom of stress or lack of proper nutrition. There are many variables to decipher what could be the underlining cause of this, if it is occurring on a regular basis, so if this is the case please contact one of our Pet Health Team Members are we will be more than happy to talk about your dog’s health condition so that we can find the right supplements for their optimal health.
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