Have you ever experienced this with your dog? Your dog’s poop starts out hard and then it becomes soft and runny. But did you know that the consistency of your dog’s poop can indicate whether or not they are healthy? This can be confusing and alarming.
Today, we’ll explore what might be causing this behavior and how to handle it.
Is It Normal For Dog Poop To Start Solid And End Soft?
In most cases, a dog’s poop will be relatively consistent from one day to the next. So, changes in a dog’s stool can indicate that something is wrong with their health. However, there may be some minor changes or inconsistency that is perfectly normal.
For example, a dog’s poop may be a bit softer or more watery on days when they eat more than usual or drink more water than usual. If you notice any big changes in your dog’s stool, such as diarrhea or constipation, it’s important to take them to the vet to find out what’s causing the problem.
Changes in a dog’s stool can also indicate that they are experiencing a food allergy or intolerance. If your dog is consistently having problems with their poop, it may be worth trying to switch them to a different type of food.
If you see that my dog’s poop starts solid and then goes soft, it is important to find the correct cause so that you can remedy the situation. There are a few reasons why this might happen, and each one needs to be treated in its own way.
What Causes Your Dog’s Poop To Start Solid Then Soft?
There are many reasons why your dog’s poop might start out solid and then turn soft. Some of the most common causes include:
If your dog is not adapting to the new food, this may be because it’s a bit too soon. Try adding 1-2 more days while drastically reducing how much you feed him and if there’s still no change in poop then stop giving them that particular type of diet altogether.
If things get better after some time has passed but they’re still hesitant about eating any kind or form then slowly increase each meal gradually until all meals are made up completely from both original foods together with supplements added back into their normal amounts according to what vet recommend since hopefully, everything worked out fine!
2. Medical conditions
Certain medical conditions, such as intestinal blockages or parasites, can also cause your dog’s poop to start soft and then become harder again. If you’re worried that your pup might be suffering from a medical condition, it’s important to take them to the vet for a check-up.
3. Physical activities
One of the most common reasons is physical activity. If your dog is suddenly getting more active, they might be burning off more energy than they’re taking in, which can lead to soft poop. This is especially likely if your pup is a young, high-energy breed.
Another example could be eating something that should not be eaten, given your dog’s unique body condition. This will require some food elimination to sieve out the culprit ingredient.
If your dog is allergic to a certain type of food, that can lead to gastrointestinal problems. If you think this might be the case, try eliminating one type of food at a time from your pup’s diet and see if there’s any change in their stool consistency.
It could be some stressful event like a new family member, a change of environment, or living conditions. If you’ve moved to a new house or there have been changes in your dog’s environment, that could also be the cause of their soft poop. Dogs are creatures of habit and change can be stressful for them, which can lead to digestive problems.
If you think this might be the case, try to make any environmental changes gradually and make sure your dog has a safe, comfortable place to retreat to when they need some time to adjust.
6. An early warning sign of disease or infection
In some cases, soft poop can be an early warning sign of a disease or infection. If your dog’s poop is suddenly softer than usual and they’re also showing other signs of illness, such as lethargy, vomiting, or loss of appetite, it’s important to take them to the vet for a check-up.
What To Do If Your Dog Poop Starts Solid Then Turns Soft
1. Keep an eye on your dog’s stool
If it suddenly becomes hard, this could be a sign of constipation. Try to help your dog relieve himself by taking him on walks or running more often. If there may be an issue with his diet, try switching to a food that is higher in fiber or adding some pumpkin.
If your dog has diarrhea, it is important to keep him hydrated by giving him plenty of water to drink. You may also want to feed him a bland diet, such as boiled chicken and rice.
2. Let your pooch take a break from eating
If your dog has been pooping solid and then starts to runny again, it may be time to give your pup a little break from chowing down. Just like humans, dogs can get a bit backed up when they overdo it on the food front.
So, if you notice your dog’s poop is starting to look a bit runny, consider fast your dog for 12 to 24 hrs depending on their size and age. You can do this by withholding all food and water. However, you will need to make sure they still have access to plenty of freshwaters.
After the fast, reintroduce food slowly and monitor their stool. If it becomes loose again, then back off on the food amounts.
3. Give them special diets to firm up their stool
There are a few things you can do to try and firm up your dog’s poop:
- Add some canned pumpkin to your dog’s food. This will help add bulk and firmness to the stool.
- Try feeding your dog a boiled egg. The protein in the egg will help firm up the stool.
- If your dog is drinking a lot of water, try cutting back on his intake. This will help reduce the amount of water in his stool, which will make it firmer.
- If your dog is eating a lot of grass, try to limit his grazing to once or twice a day. Grass can be hard on a dog’s stomach and can cause diarrhea.
- Feeding bones is also another option. A couple of raw or dehydrated chicken or duck feet or wings (do not feed cooked – feed raw, dehydrated, or freeze-dried) may help.
- Feed some plain, steamed food that is gentle in your dog’s stomach. You can consider steaming food like broccoli and pumpkin, together with your dog’s preferred meat and mix together.
- Giving slightly more vegetables or starches is alright, as the purpose is to help cleanse the body and solidify the stools.
- You can also give some pre and probiotics to help with maldigestion, especially diarrhea issues.
If your dog’s poop is still soft after trying these tips, you should take him to the vet for a check-up. There may be something wrong with his digestive system that needs to be addressed.
When to visit your Vet
The conditions listed below will necessitate a visit to your veterinarian:
- If your dog is straining to defecate and there is little or no stool produced
- If your dog has blood in his stool
- If your dog’s stool is consistently soft or watery
- If your dog experiences explosive diarrhea more than once a week
- If you notice any other changes in your dog’s bowel habits
In any of the above cases, your veterinarian can help identify the cause of the problem and recommend an appropriate treatment. Often, dietary changes are necessary to manage stool inconsistency in dogs.
Some dogs may also require medication to resolve the issue. By knowing what to look for and when to seek veterinary help, you can ensure that your dog receives the best possible care.
I contacted my veterinarian to ask if this was normal and whether or not I should be concerned. He told me that it is completely normal for a dog’s stool to change consistency throughout the day and that there is no need to worry as long as my dog is acting normally otherwise. If you are ever concerned about your pet’s health, always consult with your veterinarian.
I hope that this blog post has been helpful in informing you about the possible causes of your dog’s abnormal poop. As always, if you have any further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.