What in the Poop?
We’ve all been there. You’re casually strolling down the street, enjoying a leisurely walk with the dog and suddenly – nasty poop strikes. It could be loose. Or runny. Or discolored. Or smelly. No matter the type of excrement that caused the excitement, you know your pup has an upset tummy. You may get freaked out about unusual stools, but fear not – we’ve got solutions to help fix Fido’s gut issues! *
Probiotics: Those commercials are true – health really does start in the gut. Keeping a balance of healthy bacteria in the gut is just as beneficial for your pooch as it is for you. (And if you remember bleached jeans and big hair as trends, you need to add them to your diet, too!) By putting your dog on a probiotic supplement, you help ensure that they can absorb nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Probiotics are usually the lonnnnng, hard-to-pronounce words you find in things like yogurt (hello Lactobacillus Acidophilus). While hard to pronounce, their benefits are easy to understand and probiotics are quite easy to give to your four-legged friend. There’s everything from supplements (some even disguised as treats) to Goat Milk (a sweet, cool treat that can be poured over food or fed separately). Probiotics are a supplement worth adding to your pet’s diet (and yours) before bad poops ever strike.
Pumpkin: For those times when you need to, um, firm things up right now, pumpkin is king. The fiber in pumpkin helps solidify what’s on the inside before it’s on the outside. Pumpkin also works to absorb water in the digestive tract and bulk up the stool. Fiber from pumpkin works hand-in-hand with our good friend probiotics – as fiber works as a prebiotic, which helps the gut have the right conditions for healthy bacteria to grow. Don’t get too excited and think that you can go to the grocery store and pick up a can of that oh-so-tasty Pumpkin Pie Filling and you and Fido can share the spoon. It is very important that you choose good old plain canned pumpkin, as it does not contain any additives that could further disrupt your dog’s bathroom situation. Obviously, if you want to make double sure that the pumpkin you choose is safe for your pet, we have pet safe versions of pumpkin.
Of course, many high-quality foods even feature probiotics and pumpkin as key ingredients. If on-going poop problems plague your household, consider switching your dog’s diet to a food that contains probiotics, a vitamin pack geared toward digestive health, and/or pumpkin. Some of our favorite brands that place an emphasis on digestion are:
*It is important to note that diarrhea can be caused from a myriad of issues from stress, changes in their diet, or even a serious health condition. Always make sure to evaluate the circumstances surrounding loose stools and consult your veterinarian if the diarrhea is persistent, bloody, or is seen in puppies.