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Why Are My Dogs Stools Chalky White?

Occasionally, I get emails asking questions about raw feeding and it makes me conscious about the fact that not everyone understands the nutritional advantage of feeding their dog this way. I guess I have been doing this business so long that I forget that there are new consumers that don’t understand the changes that will happen when they make the switch to raw.

Last week I had a customer that was going to quit feeding the BARF patties to her dog because the dog’s stool turned to a chalky white consistency and she was nervous that the dog was reacting bad to the diet. Wow! I realized that she was not informed from the beginning about the difference in utilization of the nutrients between a dry kibble diet and a raw meat based diet. The nutrients in a raw meat based diet are more readily absorbed by the body and the result is as much as a 30% reduction of stool volume. In addition the stool color and consistency changes because all that is left in the stool is ash and fiber which casts a chalky white consistency to the stool. This is completely normal and should pose no concern to the dog owner. It is a sign that the dog’s body has utilized all the nutrients in the food. If the dog receives other table scraps and various treats you will see a change back to what the stool was like on dry food.

It is common knowledge that the stool is the barometer and best health indicator. It reflects the digestion and consumption issues and is a visual sign that can indicate good or bad health issues.

There are other health warning signs that one should be aware of as well. The clarity of the eyes is an important indicator of health. The condition of the skin and hair coat is also an indication of nutritional adequacy.

Everyday attention to these three areas will be an easy way to monitor the general health condition of your dog. Of course your vet will be the best health generating support for your dog but you can be aware of problems in advance when monitoring these areas.

I must repeat my philosophy and recommendations to feed your dog a diet that is most appropriate and natural. We believe that a natural, raw meat based diet that duplicates what nature would provide for your dog is the best diet choice.

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  1. Antonio

    I agree w/ this article. And believe it or not I actually found a dry formula that has such a high nutrition absorption that the dog stool turns a white chalky color as well.

  2. Please tell me the name of this diet. I would like to review the ingredient list.
    Rob Mueller

    • jason barnett

      i was wondering why my dogs stools are now white. i own 2 akitas tried to feed raw diet but they will not eat it. so started to feed them on CSJ dry food,old champ/that`ll do… now poop is white and crumbles when scooped up…but when were out and its fresh its nice and firm… i love my bears and want to keep them as long as i can ;o)

  3. Lisa Johnston

    I swapped my miniature schnauzers over to the raw food diet, they too have nice white stools and they’ve never been happier! Dougal, my 2 year old, always just sniffed his high end wet food and walked away but he gobbles his raw meat diet up in one go and just looks so pleased when he’s finished. Daisy, my 20 week old puppy also loves it. I urge all dog owners to make the switch 🙂

  4. Seairra Whitefeather

    As a retired licensed veterinary technician of over 24 years, I need to let you know that the white stools you are speaking of have absolutely nothing to do with the BARF diet and are NEVER normal, but rather a sign of malabsorption or possible a pancreatic problem, ( a couple other medical issues have been blamed also but those are the two main culprits) but again, never normal. While your article has some very valid points, it really makes me nervous that you are telling people that it is ” Perfectly normal and nothing to worry about” regarding the white chalky stool? You could be sentencing thousands of dogs to death by that very statement. Not only the people you are misleading ( obviously unintentionally) but the people they pass that info on to and so on. This happens all the time with the invention on the internet. I have read so many horrifying bits of ” advice” from well meaning folks that know nothing about animal medicine ( makes your statement look like child’s play) that I have cried my eyes out because I have seen the replies ( thank you I will try that! ) when it’s been a toxic substance for example that would kill their animal and I find out a year too late to contact them 😔
    Anyway, back on track-You may be associating it with the diet because the timing of the ” dry white stool” problem may be coinciding with your feeding or switching to the Raw food diet ( which I also appreciate BTW, if done responsibly and correctly- many folks don’t know how to use it right 😕)
    I know some of these posts are very old, but for others that may read this in the future-
    To reiterate-
    Ongoing white chalky, dry stool in canines is never normal.
    Please have your dog in for a complete examination and take a fresh ( as possible) sample. Only a small amount is needed, not the entire stool 😉
    Photos of several other stools if you can get them, for your vet, since it is so easy to obtain with the camera phones these days- would be great as well 😊
    Good luck to you and your fuzzy buddy for anyone who may read this 😊 💕🐾🐾

    PS-Lisa Johnson, of course your dogs are gonna choose raw meat over dried manufactured kibble , they are carnivores ! 😉 Their systems have evolved though, they are no longer wild canids, they cannot handle a STRICTLY all meat diet without consequences. If they came from a line ( generational) where they were raised on an all meat diet, they can become accustom to it and adapt- such as the malamutes and huskies on the tundras with the Inuit’s of Alaska, but your lil Schnauzers just were not built that way.

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