Do you ever take the time to stop and really look at your dogs poop? If you haven’t, then you are really missing out on some great clues about the overall health of your dog.
A dog’s feces can tell you many things about the quality of their health. For example, the size of your dogs stool (that is , the diameter of the stool itself) will let you know pretty quickly if they are absorbing nutrients from the food they are eating.
A large stool (the diameter that is) can indicate that your dog is not absorbing nutrients but rather eliminating them. There can be many reasons for this such as an inferior dog food that has mostly fillers like corn and wheat. The food is lacking in absorbable nutrients that your dog really needs to grow and thrive.
It’s important to look at the ingredients in the dog food you are feeding and make sure they are free of corn, wheat, soy, by products and wheat gluten. These are cheap, inferior fillers that don’t really have any nutritional value for your pet.
Ideally, the perfect dog poop should be fairly small in diameter. If you are feeding a cheap food and then switch to a more nutritious dog food, you will be amazed as you watch their stools go from being very large to a much smaller size (remember that is the diameter of the stool, not the stool amount itself:-)
Dog poop can also tell you other things like whether your dog has certain worms (like tapeworms), or whether they are constipated (hard stool) or if they have mucus or blood present which could indicate a problem.
Keeping your dog healthy should be a number one priority so it pays to keep an eye on their “poop”.
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Dog food with direct fed microbials, or better known as “good bacteria” or probiotics” is definitely a good choice when it comes to a holistic dog food. Probiotics were not even talked about until just recently and it’s a good thing that they are finally taking the spotlight. These “good bacteria” help to keep our immune system and our dog’s immune system in a healthy state. These good guys block “bad bacteria” from setting up house in our bodies.
Many dog foods on the market fail to supply these helpful guys so it’s important to read your labels closely to find out which dog foods contain probiotics.The best probiotic dog food will include these in particular: Lactobacillus acidophilus , Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium thermophilum, and Enterococcus faecium. A good variety of direct fed microbials is a plus when reading the dog food ingredient list.
One dog food company, Life’s Abundance, makes sure they choose direct fed microbials that will still be viable after the dog food has been cooked. They make sure by encapsulating the “good bacteria” so it will be protected during the cooking process. Probiotics are live organisms and they need to remain alive in order to be beneficial in the digestive system. They also don’t cook their food at a high heat which helps also.
You want your dog to stay healthy and have a long and productive life so making sure they get these good guys in their dog food is a great way to start. Our dogs are, as they say, “what they eat”. So take the time to read the dog food ingredient list and make sure direct fed microbials are listed. Your dog will be glad you did!
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