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The Poop on Poop
Gross but we have to talk about it because it can tell us a lot. Poops on this diet should be significantly smaller, may be less frequent, and are definitely less stinky than when fed a commercial diet. Additionally, stools will be more firm. They should be light brown, firm and formed.
- white or yellow, crumbly stools are very common when newly introducing a pet to raw food that contains bone. Bone is essential to their diet but when new to it, their bodies may not be able to make full use of it at first. If this is a persistent outcome, mix in alternative proteins that have a lower bone content such as red meats, or ground meat with no bone at all to balance things out. This is just about balancing and does not mean the dog or cat can never have products that have a high bone content such as white meat often does!
- dark or black, looser stools are what you would expect to see when feeding red meat. This coloring is especially common when first transitioning to raw, when newly introducing red meat, or in some young pups that may have trouble digesting a lot of organ meat in the beginning. If the stools are tar-like or just doesn't look quite right, feeding meal replacement bones (dogs older than 6 months are more trustworthy with bones) or brands where white meats such as turkey, chicken, rabbit and duck have a higher bone content can firm things up. Mixing proteins is always recommended and doing so will help even things out!
Try not to worry overly about an occasional stool that is less than perfect. This generally turns around by deploying the above approaches and being aware of what you are seeing, why you are seeing it, and being in tune with your dogs metabolism and habits. Diarrhea or constipation? Feed pure, canned pumpkin for both but just feed it when you need it - not everyday from thereonin! You want the pumpkin to work when you need it to work - if you feed it everyday, it will not work as well!