Why is my Dog’s Poop Runny? Understanding Dog Poop and Promoting Healthy Digestion

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Why is my Dog’s Poop Runny? Understanding Dog Poop and Promoting Healthy Digestion

Our canine companions may not speak our language, but their poop tells a story of their well-being. As responsible pet owners, understanding what to look for in dog poop can provide valuable insights into their digestive health. In this blog, we'll go over what to look for and tips on keeping your dog’s digestive system on track. 


The four C’s to consider when inspecting your dog’s poop

  1. Color:

The color of your dog's poop can be a visual clue to their overall health. While variations are normal, consistently abnormal colors may indicate an underlying issue. Consult your vet if you notice persistent red, black, or pale stools.

  1. Consistency:

From soft-serve to firm logs, the texture of your dog's poop matters. Healthy poop is generally well-formed and easy to pick up. Loose or watery stools may signal dietary issues or infections, necessitating a closer look at your pup's nutrition.

  1. Contents: 

It’s pretty normal to see some undigested foods here and there like a bit of grass, but if the is an excess amount of undigested food, or anything that could potentially be a worm or parasite, it is worth consulting your vet. 

  1. Coating: 

Keep an eye out for any slime, jelly or mucus-looking substances, this could be an indicator to something going on inside your pup’s digestive system. 


Promoting Healthy Digestion:

  1. The Power of Prebiotics: 

Prebiotics help prevent diarrhea because they keep the bacteria in the gut healthy! By doing so, this stops the growth of bad bacteria in the gut (the kind that causes gastrointestinal upset). Outside of digestion, the prebiotics in a dog’s gut will help ensure their body is absorbing all of the nutrients and minerals in their food. This supports their ability to have a long, healthy life cycle. Cricket based treats and food are a great way to get in quality prebiotics for your dog.

  1. Quality Nutrition Matters:

The old saying "you are what you eat" holds true for our furry friends. Opt for high-quality, well-balanced dog food rich in essential nutrients. Keep an eye out for hidden ingredients like fillers and preservatives. Consult your vet to determine the best diet based on your dog's breed, age, and health status.

  1. Hydration Habits:

Adequate water intake is key to a healthy digestive system. Ensure your dog has constant access to fresh water, especially during warmer months or if they're on a dry kibble diet. Proper hydration helps in the breakdown and absorption of nutrients. 

Tip: if your pup eats kibble, always make sure to add water to it! 

  1. Mindful Mealtime:

Establish a consistent feeding schedule. Regular meals help regulate your dog's digestive system, reducing the likelihood of upset stomachs. Avoid sudden changes in diet and refrain from feeding your pup table scraps, which can disrupt their digestive equilibrium. If you plan to switch your dog’s food, make sure to transition slowly.

Watching for Peculiar Poops:

  1. Pay Attention to Changes:

Dogs are creatures of habit. Any sudden changes in their poop patterns or behaviors may be a red flag. Be observant and consult your vet if you notice persistent irregularities.

  1. Routine Vet Check-ups:

Regular veterinary check-ups are essential for your dog's overall health. Discuss your dog's diet, digestion, and any concerns with your vet during these visits. 


Your dog’s poop is an indicator to their overall health. By paying attention to color, texture, and consistency, and by fostering healthy digestive habits, you can ensure that your furry friend's digestive system is in top-notch condition. Remember, a happy belly leads to a happy, tail-wagging companion.

Want your dog to have pawfect poops? Try cricket protein as a daily prebiotic boost for your dog. It's a gut-healthy, easy to digest fiber that nourishes the microbiome. A happy gut for healthy poops!

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