The idea of poking around your dogs stool may …

The idea of poking around your dogs stool may seem odd to some and gross to most but to the experienced dog man, it’s a way to stay on top of their dogs health.
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This begins with knowing what to look for in your dogs poop. Most foods today are designed to digest into a firm poop and a firm poop is always a good sign. Any stomach and digestion issues can manifest in watery or loose stools, a clear sign that something isn’t kosher with your dog at that moment.
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A common sign of an irritated digestive tract is something reminiscent of plastic wrap covering your dogs poop. This mucus like substance should bring some attention, and contacting your vet would be advisable if noticed over a certain period of time. Any rancid, pungent or off smell that doesn’t quite fit a typical smell profile should also be addressed with your Vet.
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Stool color matters. Very dark or very light colored stool can be an indication of a potential health problem. If you notice a very dark stool, chances are there may be an increased amount of blood in the dogs intestinal tract warranting a visit to the vet. A light colored and hard stool that crumbles could be a sign of a diet too rich in calcium and not enough hydration.
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Parasites can affect your dog and cause major issues in the long run. Worms have been around for millions of years without any major changes in its biological make up, it’s only job is to hide in a host animal and gorge itself until your dog becomes emaciated and severely lacking in the nutritional department. Cases like this should be seen immediately by your vet. Its common for worms to not be present in your dog stool due to the parasite not wanting to be found and eradicated. When you do see them, your dog is on the top end of infestation.
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Your dogs diet can change poop frequency, shape, color and smell. Before drastically changing your dog’s diet, slowly mix more of the new food in with the old to prevent digestive problems and loose stools.
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