Linda Arndt ~ Canine Nutritional Consultant

STOOLS - How Much - How Often

One of the most important parts of maintaining a health gut is to have adequate amounts of the proper fiber in a diet. The commercial dog food industry tries to promote the concept of small stools with little frequency, and this idea sounds great to those individuals who own large and giant breeds. But the fact is, this is not a healthy concept.

Frequent (2-4 times a day), large, formed stools are an indication of a diet that is adequate in fiber and one that is moving through a system at the proper rate, scrubbing the walls of the intestines to prevent toxins from laying there and putrefying in the gut.

Is it no fun to clean up frequent, larger stools from a Great, the idea is not appealing, but it is by far healthier for the animal than a once a day, rock hard small pellets. As in human digestion, frequent formed stools are critical to digestive health and the prevention of colon cancers. The same is true with our dogs and the size of a stool is NOT an indication of the the digestibility of a diet.

Many people question the use of beet pulp as a fiber in a commercial food. For accurate and scientific information about this, read my article The Myth of Beet Pulp located at this website.

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