One of our least favorite things about fur baby - but is it just a nasty quirk or should we be concerned?
The answers may surprise you. And there's not just one. They vary from the innocuous to concerning issues with canine health.
1st let's cover the harmless but annoying reasons.
Personality. Your pup may be a more curious type, that finds all kinds of things to get into. He's bored and there it is - a smelly chew toy. Some dogs of this type may need more active clean-up, at least when they are young. Leaving no tempting piles is a good idea.
A part of this may be just for attention getting. Your smart fur friend may realize that getting into the leftover potty pods gets your attention. This type may just need more activity - they're a little bored and just like a toddler know the quickest way to get you up and talking to them!
Smell And the smell - we all know that the more malodorous anything is, the more your dog LOVES it! And having a lot of smell in the poo can be related to the following, more concerning aspect.
Malabsorption. For many reasons, dogs may not actually be absorbing the nutrients in food. This can often be related to a poor gut environment, and poor digestion. When the nutrients aren't absorbed, they are more present in the poop. So, the effect can be that the dogs are seeking nutrition, and there is some leftover in their own feces. They are just trying to fill a need.
Intestinal Parasites. The parasites actually siphon off the nutrients leaving your dog without all they need.
Underfed It is good to make sure your dog is not over-fed, but maybe your particular baby needs a little more. Trying giving them a little extra and see if that will help curb their need.
Pet SuperJuice to the Rescue. Our tried and true remedy for the malabsorption issues, which can be quite common, is our own Pet SuperJuice digestive aid. It actively increases nutrient aborption, while increase digestive system efficiency. Dogs are stronger and healthier when they get all the nutrients they need. Plus it also diminishes poop odor - most odor in poop is caused by undigested protein.
There can be underlying disease. So it's important, that after you've tried correcting the problem on your own, to check with a vet if the problem continues after puppy-hood. Especially if they don't seem to be thriving properly.