There are many ways that pet parents can determine if their pet is healthy. Some may observe that their dog looks toned, with no flab around the midsection, and just the right amount of rib showing. Others will note the energy level of their dogs, often expressing that their raw-fed dogs behave several years younger then their true biological age. But there is another, albeit less glamorous way to determine how healthy your pet really is.
A Healthy Stool Looks Like What?
According to BARF Diet® co-creator, Robert Mueller, the true barometer of health is your pet’s stool content. Stools should be firm, as they are basically comprised only of ash and fiber. This will give the stool a chalky white appearance. Stools should also be small in volume and mild in odor. When all of these factors appear on a regular basis, you can be sure that the body is properly utilizing nutrients and processing the waste effectively.
Now, if your dog has an irregular stool here or there, it is not necessarily cause for concern. Every dog will have an irregular output from time to time, especially if something irregular was ingested to begin with. If your dog started eating dirt, rocks or grass, tracked down and ate a squirrel, or just got ahold of some table scraps when you weren’t looking, there is probably nothing to worry about. But if flatulence, diarrhea, or constipation persists, then it is time for further investigation.
Signs Of Possible Trouble Ahead
Continued irregularity is an indicator that nutrients are not being absorbed properly. It’s interesting to note that this issue is not common in dogs fed the BARF Diet®, and is much more common when a dog consumes a canned, cooked, or kibble diet.
These alternative diets lack many of the digestive enzymes and nutrients that your pet needs. Because these diets take roughly twice as long to go from mouth to tail, there is more time for fermentation and bacterial growth in the digestive tract.
While runny stools, bad gas, or an excessive struggle to produce stool (constipation) are short-term drawbacks to poor digestion, this can lead to more serious issues down the road. Cancer, allergies, and Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) can all be linked to improper nutrient utilization.
A raw whole food diet (such as BARF World’s BARF Diet®) can help your dog to be healthy and strong, both inside and out…this is evidenced by a healthy stool.
Ideas For Added Digestive Support
If your dog is not moving a healthy bowel, it suggests that there may be a problem, and there is definitely something that can be done about it. Switch your pet to a raw whole food diet (the BARF Diet®) to help maintain a strong digestive system.
Something else that will help with this problem is a probiotic supplement, much like BARF World’s E-BARF Plus probiotic supplement. This promotes a healthy level of bacterial flora in the gastrointestinal track, which aids in the digestive process.
Until next time…happy BARFing!
Evan Price is a Raw Diet Educator for BARF World Inc. He is a true dog lover at heart with a particular interest in Daschunds. Evan is also an avid sports enthusiast and bridge player. For more articles like these and to learn more about the benefits of raw food for your pets, sign up for The Intelligent Pet weekly e-zine at www.barfworld.com.
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Wags of Wisdom
“Dachshunds are ideal dogs for small children, as they are already stretched and pulled to such a length that the child cannot do much harm one way or the other.”
-Robert Benchley, actor and author (1889-1945)
“A dog can express more with his tail in minutes, than his owner can express with his tongue in hours.”