Stinky business: What should your pup’s poop look like?

It’s every dog owner’s worst nightmare to be caught mid-poop (your pup, that is!) without a poop bag – even worse if it’s sloppy and emitting a stench that sends those around you running for cover.

But, it’s a new year and the perfect time to perfect your pupper’s poop game. If you’re brave enough to get up close and personal with your pup’s poop, it is an easy way to determine their overall health, particularly their diet and digestive function. So we say, hold your breath and take a poop peek….

What texture should you look for?

Plain and simple, between 2 and 3 is ideal. You want it soft enough that it slides right on out without your pup flinching, but not too soft that it leaves too much residue behind when picked up – oh, and you definitely want to be able to pick it up in one piece!

What colour should it be?

Poop ranging from light to dark brown is ideal.

If your pup’s poop is black, this could indicate bleeding from the upper digestive tract, whilst reddish streaks could mean bleeding from the lower digestive tract.

If your pup’s poop is yellow or has a grey-ish tinge, it means there is bile in the poop, which may be from a liver, pancreas or gallbladder issue. White spots may be a sign of intestinal  worms, whilst white chalky poop can be caused by too much calcium, so ease up on those bones!

Green poop on the other hand, may be a sign of gallbladder issues or that your pup is consuming too much grass. If you can rule out grass-eating, you may want to pay a visit to your vet to get your pupper checked out.

Your pup’s poop isn’t a 2 or 3?

There are many reasons for your pup’s poop being less than ideal.

  1. Dry, rocky, small poop can indicate dehydration, so if that’s the case, try moving your pup onto a fresh food diet to increase their water intake.
  2. Too much or too little fibre can affect the texture, so it’s important to pay close attention to their diet and portion sizes.
  3. Switching to a new food too quickly can cause diarrhoea, so it’s important to slowly transition onto a new diet or introduce new ingredients.
  4. In the same way that stress affects you, stress can affect your pup, resulting in diarrhoea.

It’s important to note that if your pup’s poop changes suddenly with no explanation or reason at all, this could indicate that your pup may be getting sick or suffering from an infection. In this instance, it’s best to see your vet for a check-up as soon as possible.

How can a fresh diet help?

Fresh food is high in water content, which helps with hydration to prevent constipation. A low carbohydrate diet also means smaller, more manageable poops.

Healthy fibre sources such as ancient grains, purple sweet potato and butternut squash are not only delicious for your pupper, but they also help to maintain the correct texture of poop – it’s a win win!

Soluble fibres promote the growth of good bacteria in the gut and also assist in absorbing water, which helps with the formation of stools. The insoluble fibres help to increase stool bulk and stimulate movement within the gastrointestinal tract, which helps constipated pups.

It’s important to remember that every dog is different, and making the move onto a fresh food diet may see your pup experience runny poops or a different texture than what you are both used to. This transition period is completely normal, with your pupper’s gut microbiome just taking time to adjust to the new food.

Lyka is great for number twos

We’re all about that fresh food diet here at Lyka, and offer a great combination of insoluble and soluble fibres in our recipes, with every single one of our ingredients performing an important task in helping to keep your pup fit and functioning.

So many of our furry customers have seen incredible results upon making the move to Lyka.

Odin for example, suffered severe gastro-intestinal issues ever since he was a pup, with his fur papa constantly having to monitor his bowel movements. Ever since starting on Lyka, Odin’s poops are more consistent and are better than they’ve ever been – such a relief for both him and his family!

Fletcher on the other hand has always been very fussy when it comes to mealtime, and has a very sensitive stomach, making the transition on and off different foods a challenge. He was also very prone to sloppy poop. All of this is now a thing of the past for Fletch, having made a seamless transition onto Lyka. Mealtime is now his most favourite part of the day and he no longer has to feel self-conscious about his runny poops – his bowel movements are now as solid as ever.

Other happy furry customers include Millie and Freddy, who at long last, are both enjoying hard poops; whilst Bentley has gone from constant inconsistent poops in both size and texture to smaller poops with an ideal texture.

Why not get your pup’s poops in prime position to take on 2021 – order a Starter Box today and see the smooth results for yourself!