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Apr 24, 2023

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘constipation’?

If you’re like most people, you think of not being able to poop.

But did you know that there’s so much more to your dog’s constipation? Or that even if your dog had a bowel movement once a day, he could still be a constipated dog?

It’s true, and the perfect poop is not just about making it easier for you to clean up but also to keep your dog healthier.

How much poop is the perfect amount of poop?

Most dogs will poop at least once a day. As we said, a dog’s constipation really isn’t based on just how much they poop, but also on whether it’s a normal stool. Often, you’ll find that dogs will poop per feeding, which is to say that if you feed them in the morning and the evening, they’ll probably follow suit with their poops in the morning and the evening some time. Some dogs on a prescription diet may have different bowel movements schedules, and this can also be different based on something as basic as whether your dog eats canned food or dry kibble.

Sometimes when they have bowel movements, they’ll break them up into smaller poops, making sure that on their daily constitutionals, they’re leaving their marks for other dogs who dare roam their territory. As long as your dog isn’t suffering from diarrhea and is otherwise healthy, there’s really no such thing as having too much poop.

But even if your dog poops daily, it may not be the healthiest poop. While dog parents everywhere may love it when their doggo drops those chocolate nuggets that practically pick themselves up, you want to make sure that their poop isn’t so rock-solid and hard that it hurts when they go. This can lead them to more significant dog constipation symptoms, where they circle, scoot, squat and even whimper when they try to poop and still don’t have a bowel movement.

What does the perfect poop look like?

As dog parents, we want what’s best for our dogs and we know they’re supposed to make poopies regularly.

But we have to look at more than just whether they’re able to do just do their duty. We need to look at a few other things too.

First, you’ll want to look at your dog’s poop color. It should be brown—but depending on your dog’s diet, it can be anywhere from a honey brown to dark chocolate. When you see green or that crazy fluorescent mustard yellow (and you probably smell it too!)–that’s a sign you may not be absorbing all the nutrients they should.

Healthy poop should also be coating-free. That means it doesn’t really leave a sluggy slime trail in the grass. It’s not supposed to be covered in or mixed with mucus, so if it is, that may mean you’re probably dealing with your dog’s constipation. A dog’s colon is a pretty impressive thing, and sometimes, when stool is hard, their lower intestinal tract glands will produce that slime to help the poop leave the chute more easily. It’s your dog’s body’s way of trying to resolve constipation on its own, but most likely means that there’s something else going on in the digestive tract that needs to be addressed, possibly with a physical exam.

You also want to be sure that there’s nothing inside of your dog’s poop—if you see blood or worms or much of anything, you may want to take that info to the vet immediately and let them look at it more closely. In addition to a physical exam, they may want to run blood tests to see if there’s anything underlying.

And despite how easy it is to pick those rock turds up, you don’t want your dog’s poop to be hard. If it is, it may be that your dog is dealing with a painful abdomen situation and the only symptom is his hard poop. No, you want the consistency to be a bit like firm play dough. There’s a reason the poop emoji looks like the poop emoji–that’s what you want to shoot for with your dog’s poop too. If your dog is regularly pooping diamonds in the rough? They’re probably still somewhat a constipated dog.

 

What causes dog constipation and can I treat it?

Your dog is constipated and may be constipated for a whole host of reasons. They may not be getting enough water or fiber or absorbing enough nutrition from their food. They may be anxious and nervous and like humans, they’re having a hard time getting regular because of the anxiety.

They may have medical issues that your vet needs to examine more thoroughly, and they may be suffering the effects of medicines that will stop the regulation of their digestive tracts. You can learn more about dog constipation here. The most important thing to know about constipation, especially severe constipation in dogs is that you don’t want it to continue for long, and you want to help your furry friend feel better fast (say that 5 times quickly!).

So what can you do about constipation in dogs? Especially those rock-hard poopies that probably don’t feel great coming out of the rear end?

Start by ensuring your dog gets lots of water and exercise. Dogs need even more water than humans do for proper hydration, and appropriate water intake and exercise help make that digestive tract of theirs like a well-oiled luge for their poop. Make sure they’re getting the appropriate amounts of food and that the food you’re giving has high-quality ingredients that won’t stop them up.

And most importantly, supplement with Bernie’s Perfect Poop. While some pet parents add canned pumpkin or offer a prescription diet high in some fiber, there’s more that goes with making sure your dog’s gut is healthy and your dog’s abdomen isn’t painful from constipation. With the premium fiber from Miscanthus grass in Perfect Poop helping stool absorb moisture as it glides and slides through, and probiotics and prebiotics that keep your dog’s gut in check regularly? They’ll be churning out the perfect poops like it’s their job, and you’ll have a healthier, happier dog.

Notes From a Perfect Pooper About A Dog’s Constipation

Hey guys, it’s me, Bernie!

I’ll tell you a secret–we dogs LOVE to poop. It makes us feel light and carefree, and we search and search for the perfect spot to make our mark.

But when we can’t poop, or when it hurts to poop because we’re a bit constipated? One of our favorite activities turns into a bit of a dread. And if it includes a rectal examination, then it’s a BIG dread.

Luckily, my pawrents keep my poop perfect with Bernie’s, and I’m super glad they figured out how to let you in on how to help your dog poop perfectly too. I promise, your dog thinks you’re a rock star for giving them Bernie’s and let’s face it…who doesn’t want the perfect poop every time?

Until Next Time,
Bernie F.
Chief Dog Officer

Illustration of Bernie sitting and smiling.

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