Simple Solutions for Common Problems.

Often the first thing people notice about a raw fed dog’s stools is that they are firm, formed, dry to the touch and light in weight and colour.

For most pet parents, this is a huge difference from the large soft stools their dog previously produced on dry/wet food!

However, too firm or too dry can result in constipation or a bowel obstruction, or sometimes the stools can be loose and really dark following a meal.

So, it’s good to know what is considered normal, and what is not, and how dietary changes will ensure a healthier, better bowel movement and easier clean-up for you!

For most dogs, the best stools are produced when feeding a rotational meal plan.

Containing some poultry meats (e.g. chicken, turkey, duck) and some red meats (beef, lamb, pork, venison). However, the perfect dietary rotation is not the same for every dog.

All dogs can have great stools on a raw fed diet with some dietary changes.

Sample Meal Plan

  • Day 1 & 2 - Chicken or Duck (Adult | SuperBlends)
  • Day 3 & 4 - Lamb or Turkey
  • Day 5 & 6 - Beef, Lamb, Pork or Venison (Adult | SuperBlends | Bare)
  • Day 7 - If stools have been normal to soft – try a Raw Meaty Bone (Naturals Bare Bones)

The Healthy Bowel Movement and How to Achieve it

Healthy and Normal

Light brown in colour | Firm and not sticky | No straining

Too Firm

Yellow or even white in colour | Very hard | Crumbles upon contact | Straining for longer than 30 seconds to pass

Dietary Suggestions:

  • Add Organic Pumpkin Puree (1-2 tsp) to the raw diet to help. Pumpkin is high in fibre and will help soften the stool.
  • Add LUNA & me menu items into dietary rotation to ensure perfect movement.
  • Good choices include: Beef, Lamb, Pork, or Venison.

Too Loose

Dark brown or black | Not formed | Sticky or tar-like consistency | Frequent bowel movements (2+ per day)

Dietary Suggestions:

  • Add Organic Pumpkin Puree (1-2 tsp) to the raw diet to help. Pumpkin is high in fibre and will help soften the stool.
  • Add LUNA & me menu items that contain a higher % of ground bone. Ground bone contains calcium which helps to firm up stools. Try Chicken, Turkey & Duck
  • Add raw meaty bones such as Naturals Bare Bones into the diet. Raw meaty bones contain a higher % of bone and will help firm up stools.

Simple Solutions for Common Problems

Tips for Success

  • We do not recommend adding more fish oil or coconut oil to the diet to soften stools. Too much fish oil can cause digestive upset such as diarrhoea and vomiting.
  • Dark, tar-like stools can mean the digestive system is not able to properly digest red meats or there is too much blood in the diet. It can also mean that your dog’s digestive tract requires more bone (calcium) to help bind the stools. Adding proteins like chicken, turkey or raw meaty bones to the diet will help increase calcium. Pumpkin is also helpful as it’s a rich source of fibre. Fibre absorbs moisture and yet keeps the stools soft, but not loose.
  • If your dog’s stools are firm but followed by a jelly-like mucous, it usually means that the digestive system cannot properly mix the meat, bone and fat together. The ‘jelly’ is undigested fat. This can be normal for a puppy or a dog transitioning to the raw diet that is gulping food and not chewing properly. We recommend the following:
    • Offer raw meaty bones frozen to ensure bones are chewed thoroughly
    • Include a digestive support such as Organic Bio-Live Yoghurt with meals to help break down food.
    • Choose lower fat meal choices (e.g. avoid pork, lamb, meaty beef bones)
  • Diarrhoea following a meal could be a food sensitivity which is most common with a chicken protein. If your dog experiences loose stools on chicken, this could indicate a protein allergy or sensitivity.
  • Introducing a new protein exclusively for several days can help ensure a more consistent bowel movement. We especially recommend this during the transition period, or for new puppies and senior dogs on raw.
  • Dogs that have been fed a dry food diet for more than three to five years can lose bowel elasticity and are more easily constipated. Including more red meats, or adding additional fibre to the diet on a continual basis can be helpful.
  • Dogs with sensitive stomachs that are new to raw food diets do best on poultry meats like chicken, turkey or duck when transitioning to the raw diet.

Bowel Health Supplements

The following supplements are excellent for ensuring the perfect stool:

  • Slippery Elm Powder (SEP) is an herb that creates a thick mucosal liner in your dog or cat’s digestive tract. This helps prevent digestive upset and can be particularly helpful if your dog experiences stress diarrhoea (triggered by travelling or new situations). SEP can also be helpful if your dog has a sensitive stomach, or following a virus or bacterial infection to help settle the stomach and keep the bowels healthy.
  • Pumpkin Puree is the quickest and simplest solution for raw feeders to get that perfect stool. It’s particularly a great product to keep on hand for new puppy families or during transition.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar helps create a good digestive pH that breaks down food quicker resulting in better digestive health.
  • Organic Bio-Live Yoghurt is a powerful natural digestive enzyme and probiotic supplement. It is an excellent supplement for dogs with a sensitive stomach or dogs transitioning to raw from dry food diets. We also recommend this supplement if your dog is on antibiotics for any reason. This supplement can be used on an as needed basis.