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In 2014, I decided to start sharing my journey as a raw feeder. I had been feeding my dogs a raw food diet for a year and wrote about what I had learned as part of the A to Z Blogging Challenge. Looking back, I cringe at how little I knew about raw feeding and decided to update each of those blog posts in 2018-19.
One of the benefits of feeding a raw food diet is the smaller, less smelly poop. As I understand it, because our dogs are able to absorb all of the nutrients in a raw food diet, there is less waste. However, the reality is much different.
We're raising four dogs on a raw food diet and while all of them have smaller poop, only three of them have poop that's as small as my cat's poop. Rodrigo still has bigger poops; not as big as when he ate kibble, but still big. I hope that sharing my thoughts on what there is a difference will help other raw feeders who have similar questions.
Why My Raw Fed Dog Has Big Poop
Rodrigo was transitioned to raw at three years of age, but this has nothing to do with the size of his poop. Sydney was transitioned right along with her brother, and her poop is 1/3 of the size of her kibble-fed poop. So what's the deal? Before transitioning to raw dog food, Rodrigo went through two or three rounds of antibiotics to clear up chronic skin rashes and ear infections. Each round destroyed the good bacteria in his gut and I didn't know to add a probiotic to his diet to help replenish that bacteria. As a result of my ignorance, my dog lives with a compromised gut and bigger poop.
Over the years, I've learned how to better support Rodrigo's gut and I have a solid regime that not only keeps Rodrigo's poop solid, but it's a bit smaller too. And sometimes, it's almost as small as Cosmo's poop. #PoopTalk
Supporting My Dog's Gut Health
I've tried several supplements over the years and have found that the following whole foods and supplements do a fabulous job supporting Rodrigo's gut health:
- I alternate raw goat's milk and kefir
- I mix fermented vegetables into my dogs' raw grinds
- Mercola Complete Probiotics
- Mercola Digestive Enzymes
All in all, my dogs have nice, healthy poops. I'm not going to gross you out with pictures – I don't roll like that – so you'll have to trust me. Yayyy, Raw Feeding!!!