- Food changes
The most common reason for abnormal poop appearance is diet change. Luckily, this is easy to avoid. All you need to do is make the food switches gradually and over a prolonged period of time. Start by replacing one quarter of your dog’s old food with new one. After few days, start giving one half of the old food with one half of the new food. Then, you can give one quarter of the old food with three quarters of the new food. Within a week or two, you should be able to give your dog a full portion of the new food.
The diarrhea is the body’s perfect mechanism for cleansing and getting rid of toxins. If it is not accompanied by other symptoms, you can deal with it on your own, by following these 4 simple steps:
- Start a fasting period for your dog – the fast should last around 6-12 hours and during this period your dog should only be offered filtered or pre-boiled water.
- Use bland diet – this is important in order to prevent recurrence of the diarrhea.
- Use probiotics – they repopulate the digestive system with healthy bacteria and boost the immune system.
- Use prebiotics – they inhibit the overgrowth of harmful bacteria and promote a healthy bacterial flora.
If the diarrhea does not improve in 24 hours take your dog at the vet’s office.
The best way to deal with constipation is to keep your dog well hydrated. Adding moisture to the dog’s body usually solves constipation. To keep your dog hydrated you can add water or chicken broth to its meal. Another option is to replace its kibble with a canned version of the same feeding formula. Some human foods are also effective in resolving constipation. Those foods include green beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkins and bran flakes.
Besides hydration, another important factor that battles constipation is physical activity. Physical activity stimulates the bowels to move. A third option is to lubricate your dog’s digestive system by adding a tablespoon of olive oil, fish oil or coconut oil in your dog’s regular food.
If the constipation does not improve in 24 hours take your dog at the vet’s office.
Worms are inevitable. Puppies are born with certain worms in them and throughout their entire lives they come in touch with new worms. Regular de-worming treatments are the best way to keep your dog worms-free, well…relatively worms free.
It should be noted that regularly used de-wormers are effective against the majority of worms. However, certain worms are not covered by those de-wormers. Therefore, insread of using regular broad spectrum de-wormers, we recommend to have your vet examine your vet examine your dog’s feces. Depending on what types of worms he will find, he will subscribe a proper de-wormer treatment. Another reason why it is recommended to always do a fecal analysis prior to de-worming is the dosing of the drug. For example, if the de-worming treatment is preventative, the de-wormer is used in a single dose. On the other hand if the de-worming treatment is therapeutic, the de-wormer should be administered for several days in a row. In addition, if your dog already has some worms and you only give a single, preventative dose, you are under-dosing your dog and stimulating the worms to become resistant to the de-wormer you use.
When using de-wormers it is important to keep the hygiene on a high level and remove your dog’s poop as soon as it comes out. This is important in order to prevent re-infestation.