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What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

shades of brown

I once had a neighbor who inspected every piece of poo that her French bully, Bonkers, produced. She was so obsessed with those fecal nuggets that she'd bring along a flashlight at night to inspect the dung, studying each little log as if she was splitting an atom. 

Her dog wasn't the only Bonkers in that house.

In any case, Lady Bonkers had a point. Your pet's poo tells a story: what they ate, how they're doing. And like a person's mood, it changes. Feed too much bone and the poop will be dry, too much red meat - it will be dark, too much organ and you have a Jackson Pollock painting.

The point is, don't expect the same ole nuggets each time. If you do, it means you are not feeding your pet a varied diet. The poo should vary in color, (earth tones), and consistency, (firm and pick up-able, but always remain within a certain spectrum). That is, black poo, red poo, poo that looks like chalk. Green poo, yellow poo, even poo that talks. All of it, not good. You want to travel within those fifty shades of brown.

Here's what you can do to achieve that:

Too dry? Add some veggies or fish.

Too wet? Add chicken with ground bones, duck necks, big beef bones or even brown rice or dry toast (if it's really bad).

Too light-colored? Throw in a few cubes of red meat.

That's really all there is to it. But the beauty of a raw diet is that it's so high in water content, protein and nutrients that actually get used by the body, that your pet won't be producing much poo. After all, poo is just waste matter that the body doesn't want or need. And that says it all.

So don't bother bringing along a flashlight at night for inspections like Lady Bonkers. Just feed your pet a balanced raw diet and let the poo speak for itself.