The 7 rules of dog food
Soft or black stools? Yellow droppings? A dog that “does” five times a day? Is this normal? The masters are sometimes a little lost in front of the aspect or the color of the needs for their companion. Small guide to stools in dogs, and how kibbles impact them on a daily basis.
Many owners monitor the appearance of their dog’s stool. Well Named. Molded, brown, low-odor droppings are a sign of good digestion. They are also easier to pick up…
Loose or discolored stools can be a symptom of an early illness, but also of an unsuitable diet.
Indeed, kibbles, by their composition, have an impact on the quality of a dog’s stool. A food balanced in protein and fiber is a guarantee of pretty droppings!
What color and consistency should a dog’s stool be?
Stool quality in dogs
A dog fed with quality kibble (always the same) defecates once or twice a day. His stools are molded (neither liquid nor soft) but not too hard and brown in color.
On the other hand, an animal that is fed in a more fanciful way (table scraps for example) risks having very variable stools both in shape and color.
Apart from this particular case, changes in your pet’s stool should alert you. They can be a sign of a medical concern or unsuitable kibble.
Loose or watery stools: diarrhea
Diarrhea is a sign of too rapid digestive transit. In case of colitis (inflammation of the colon), it may be accompanied by the emission of mucus or sticky stools.
Its causes are varied. At the food level, we will incriminate kibbles that are not easily digestible or with too many irritating fibers. Changing food too quickly can also trigger diarrhea. Any modification must be spread over a period of at least 8 days.
Hard stools: constipation
In the case of constipation, the droppings are hard, infrequent, and often painful to exonerate. It can result from an unsuitable fiber content in the ration or from a lack of watering.
Abnormal Stool Colors in Dogs
The usual color of stools in dogs is more or less dark brown. An unusual color can be a symptom of a disease:
From black stools are a sign of bleeding in the upper digestive tract. A veterinary consultation is strongly recommended.
saddles with red nets (blood) are a sign of irritation of the lower part of the digestive tract (colon or rectum).
From discolored stools and fat can reveal pancreatic disease.
From yellow stools or oranges are in favor of liver pathology.
What about flatulence?
Flatulence results from fermentation in the colon. Too many bacteria produce smelly gases which are evacuated in the form of “farts”. They are also responsible for stools that are too odorous. This is often a sign of poorly digestible kibble.
Which kibbles for quality stools in dogs?
First of all, each animal is unique and so are its intestines. Such kibbles that work perfectly for one dog may not be ideal for another.
However, we can lay down a few rules for obtaining beautiful droppings in dogs. Kibbles must contain:
High-quality protein: dog food should contain at least 20% protein. Animal proteins (meat, eggs, fish, offal) are the most digestible for canines.
Fibers: they have little nutritional value but ensure good digestive hygiene. They regulate intestinal transit and serve as nutrients for the microbiota (the “good” bacteria present in the digestive tract). They thus reduce unpleasant flatulence and smelly poo.
They also bring a feeling of satiety while being very low in calories. The fibers must represent 2 to 5% of the composition of the croquettes. Their origin is varied: beet pulp, pea fiber, yeasts…
Be careful, a food rich in fiber can increase the volume and frequency of stools; this is the case with certain light kibbles for sterilized or overweight dogs.
Well-cooked cereals: cereals (wheat, corn, rice, barley, rye, oats) are part of the composition of most kibbles.
If the manufacturing process allows a good cooking of their starch (carbohydrate providing energy), they do not pose any problem in terms of stool consistency. The total proportion of carbohydrates in the feed must not exceed 60% of the dry matter.
Quality croquettes, better digested, make it possible to reduce the volume of the stools. They produce beautiful droppings and a healthy dog!
To recognize them, trust their composition and also… your wallet. The quality of cheap croquettes often leaves something to be desired. Good ingredients are expensive.
If your pet has fragile intestines, don’t hesitate to invest in sensitive dog food. This is the price to pay for picking up beautiful droppings!
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