3 Ways to Make Your Dog's Feces Firmer

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3 Ways to Make Your Dog's Feces Firmer
3 Ways to Make Your Dog's Feces Firmer

A problem that always happens with dogs is the occurrence of loose stools. Many of the cases are not serious and resolve quickly. However, if your dog is never able to make solid stools, you may need to give him a little help. You can help make your dog's stool firmer by paying attention to his food and ensuring a stress-free environment.


Method 1 of 3: Learning More About Your Dog's Digestion

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Step 1. Understand the difference between diarrhea and loose stools

There is a subtle difference between the two issues. Soft stools are bulky, but they have a shape, so you can still collect them from the floor to clean them. Diarrhea is made up of a larger amount of fluid and is usually liquid, shapeless and impossible to collect. It is usually a sign of health problems or that the animal is trying to expel possible toxins from spoiled food. Soft stools, on the other hand, are not usually caused by infections or diseases, but by poor or inappropriate food, lack of fiber, or intolerance to some food that makes up the dog's diet.

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Step 2. Understand what to do if your dog has diarrhea

If a dog has diarrhea, it should be carefully supervised and the owner should accompany the dog when the animal has a bowel movement to observe the nature of the intestinal problem. If there is blood in the stool, if it is very watery, or if it looks like the puppy is unwell, going to the vet for a checkup is recommended.

  • If the dog is doing well despite the diarrhea, don't feed him for an entire day, but be sure to give him plenty of fresh water. After a day without eating, start giving him a bland food, such as chicken cooked with white rice (one third chicken, two thirds rice), for two or three days until the stools are firm. See how to prepare chicken rice for your dog.
  • Any dog ​​that has had diarrhea for more than two days should be taken to the vet.
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Step 3. Understand the dog's dietary needs

If your dog has loose stools, it is essential to improve their consistency so that you can collect them more easily and to ensure that your pet is in perfect health. They need a diet made up of digestible protein and fiber to stay healthy and for their intestines to function normally.

Meat-based diets are best for puppies. They can have a vegetarian or meat diet. However, they need high amounts of protein, which means, in a vegetarian diet, plenty of beans and grains. These foods tend to cause gas and loose stools. So if your dog's diet is like that, consider replacing it with a meat-based diet

Method 2 of 3: Improving Your Dog's Feeding

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Step 1. Choose a balanced diet

This doesn't always mean that you need to feed your dog the best dog food on the market. For example, a pasty diet can be very rich in minerals (such as salt) to make it more palatable to dogs that are boring to eat (just as chocolate cake is more appealing than green bean salad, not always what tastes good is also healthy). Instead, look for foods that have meat as the main ingredient, but it needs to be "real meat", not "meat by-products", "offal" or "meat by-products".

  • Choose white meat (which is low in fat) such as chicken, turkey, rabbit or white fish. Look for a food with few ingredients, as it is likely to contain fewer processed ingredients and preservatives, as well as contain ingredients that are more like real food.
  • Look for a carbohydrate source in the form of rice, wheat, oats or barley instead of soy or soy products.
  • Although price is not a guarantee of product quality, be prepared to pay more for a good quality food than a highly processed one with many grains, simply because what is better and can be eaten by human beings comes at a price. higher.
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Step 2. Give your puppy a lactose-free diet

The only milk suitable for dogs is that of the bitch. For nursing-age puppies there is a substitute available, Lactol, which is made with water. If you have a very young puppy and you have just replaced your food with Lactol, you should choose a lactose-free substitute if you notice loose stools. Some puppies are born with a deficiency in an enzyme called lactase. This enzyme digests the main sugar component in milk, which is lactose. Thus, animals with such a deficiency are not able to process lactose into sugars that can be digested and absorbed. Undigested sugars pull water into the intestine, causing the dog to evacuate soft stools.

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Step 3. Swap wet food for dry food

Remember that wet food (canned or packaged) contains around 75% water, while dry food is around 10%. This high level of moisture turns into softer, voluminous stools. This exchange will have a big impact on the volume (reducing it) and liquid content (a lot harder and firmer stool) of the stool.

  • Respect the timing of changing your dog's diets. Make a gradual transition from the old to the new food. Change everything little by little. The dietary re-education process should take four to five days. In this way, the intestinal flora that aids digestion has a chance to adapt.
  • Protein-rich foods such as beef, chicken, and high-protein feed can also soften stools. The by-products of protein digestion also draw water into the intestine.
  • Wheat-based foods, or wheat-rich foods, can also cause loose stools.
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Step 4. Avoid giving your dog fatty foods

You should also avoid fatty foods that spoil easily. Do not give your pet fried foods and fast foods. Generally, fried foods sold in restaurants of this type are made with palm oil, which is difficult to digest and can easily spoil. Bad fats can form a layer in the intestine and cause your dog to suffer from runny stools.

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Step 5. Feed him a bland diet if loose stools persist

This diet is made with soft cooked rice and lean ground pork or lamb. Give him this mixture for at least five days and check that his stool has hardened. Keep in mind that most commercial feeds available on the market and designed to firm up the stool are rice-based, as it is low in protein and salt, as well as being a very digestible starch.

There are several feeds available on the market that help make your dog's stool more solid

Method 3 of 3: Trying Other Solutions for Soft Stools

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Step 1. Give your dog probiotics

The intestine has a population of bacteria to aid digestion. If your dog has a poor diet and has loose stools for a while, it could be that "harmful" bacteria have proliferated in his intestines, causing an imbalance of natural and desirable bacteria. Supplementing with "good" bacteria can help correct the imbalance, improve digestion and make soft stools firmer. The bacteria needed is called Enterococcus faecium and can be found in powdered probiotics that can be purchased without a prescription. Look for a specific one for dogs. They come in sachets and you usually need to mix one sachet a day with the dog's food for a period of five days.

  • Dogs don't have the same intestinal flora as humans. So giving them human probiotics, at best, won't help at all, and at worst, it can cause diarrhea, because of the presence of lactose.
  • Canine probiotics can be purchased over-the-counter online or directly from your veterinarian.
  • In general, you need to give at least one sachet for large-breed dogs daily for five days, and half a sachet for smaller-breed dogs for the same period.
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Step 2. Add fiber to your dog's diet

Some dogs with soft stools benefit from adding fiber to their food. The fibers help suck up fluids like sponges and can help to normalize the stool, decreasing the amount of fluid in diarrhea and firming the consistency of the excrement. They are also believed to reduce the risk of colon cancer and are a food thickener that helps a dog feel more full for a longer period of time, which reduces calorie intake if he is overweight.

  • However, nothing in excess is good for you, so look for a pet food that has a raw fiber content of around 10%.
  • You can add your own fiber to the dog's diet by mixing in oat bran or wheat bran. Start with about a teaspoon for every 10 kg of your dog's weight.
  • Also, consider giving raw fruits and vegetables, but avoid canned ones as they often contain high amounts of salt.
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Step 3. Don't forget to always provide him with fresh water

Dogs with soft stools lose more water as the amount of fluid expelled increases, so it's important that they have guaranteed access to clean water to replace what they've lost. Wash and clean his water container at least every other day and make sure he always has fresh, clean water.

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Step 4. Avoid daily stressful activities with your pet

If your dog is afraid to bathe, try putting it off for a few more days and see if the stool has hardened. In some cases, there is a direct relationship between stress and digestive disorders. If so, you need to reduce stress to normalize your stools.

  • Stress causes the intestines to become alkaline (acidic intestines favor good bacteria), making it difficult to digest food.
  • In these circumstances, decrease bowel activity by giving your dog a bland, easily digestible diet, such as chicken and white rice.
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Step 5. Take your dog to the vet if the problem persists

In many cases, loose stools are cured with a simple dietary change, but in others they can indicate other health problems. If the condition persists even after all the dietary changes, take him to the veterinarian for a general evaluation.

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