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Old 10-15-2011, 12:44 AM
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I know this probably sounds like a stupid question, but can someone tell me why dog poop smells? I know all poop smells (including human's), but I've noticed that the intensity of my pug's poop varies greatly from day to day,and even poop to poop.
I get the feeling that certain treats contribute to the smell, but I have still failed to recognize a pattern.
One that I am certain of, however, is that the softer his poop is, the more it sticks.
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:53 AM
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I've noticed what you feed has a lot to do with it. There are some foods where I can smell the poop and know what they ate.

Carnivore poops stinks compared to herbivore poop, too (not dog-specific, but animals as a whole). I love the smell of horse or cow poop, but not dog or cat poop. Elephant and rhino poop is pretty bad, too, but not as bad as carnivore poop (I accidentally typed that as "cornivore"...I think I have a new name for corn-fed dogs ).

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Old 10-15-2011, 01:11 AM
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Well it does have to do with their diet, yes but it's not supposed to smell pretty either. Ours stinks too.
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Old 10-15-2011, 01:11 AM
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There are other things that can make crap smell worse like giardia. It also can make mush turds.

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My dogs, when they are eating raw meat and bones ONLY, have odor-less poops! Seriously. I work at a pet hotel, and it is clear what a dog is eating by their poops. Dogs who eat Dog Chow/Pedigree/Beneful have AWFUL, loose, nasty poops. Dogs who eat grain-free kibble with high meat content have firm, decent poops. But nothing compares to Raw poops. If your dog has nasty poops, I definitely recommend feeding a pre-made raw diet (Stella & Chewy's is really good) or prey model raw if you have the time to research and prep it.

Humans' shouldn't smell either! The only reason it does is if you eat processed foods with preservaties and chemicals, garlic/onions, dairy and meat. Our digestive system is not designed for meat consumtion... one reason that I'm a vegetarian.
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Old 10-15-2011, 11:55 AM
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Our puppy eats Blue puppy chow, which I hear is pretty good. Is vegetarianism common in dogs?
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Old 10-15-2011, 12:28 PM
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It's interesting, because ever since I started Piper on raw, her poop doesn't stink! Wilson & Sako eat grain free kibble (Orijen & NV Instinct), and theirs isn't terrible, but I'm amazed at how Piper's smell like.. nothing LOL.
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Teagan is on prey Model raw and I never, ever smell her poops. They are small and nice and firm and disappear in a matter of days.

Mcnutty there are people out there who feed their dog a veggie diet, but that diet is not proper for dogs. I should add I know alot of people who feed their dogs raw. But themselves are vegetarians.
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Dogs who eat Dog Chow/Pedigree/Beneful have AWFUL, loose, nasty poops.
They also have colored poop. You would not believe how many times people come in because their dog has "bloody poop" and it turns out their dog eats Beneful or Kibbles and Bits or something with red food coloring lol

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Is vegetarianism common in dogs?
It exists, but it's not common, and not something I would do unless I had a dog allergic to all the meat...which is probably pretty rare. I do occasionally get samples of vegetarian dog food, and when I feed it I mix some 100% chicken or some other 100% canned meat with it just to change things up a bit.

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I should add I know alot of people who feed their dogs raw. But themselves are vegetarians.
I've actually never run into anyone that does that, except ihartgonzo (didn't know before lol). It seems more commonly that vegetarians insist on feeding dogs kibble or if they do raw, BARF. I know one mn who is a vegan and feeds his cat a vegan diet. It drives me NUTS. CATS CANNOT BE HEALTHY VEGANS!


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The only reason it does is if you eat processed foods with preservaties and chemicals, garlic/onions, dairy and meat.
1. I told you carnivore poop stinks lol
2. You should smell poop after a night at HuHot...mmmmm garlic



All food-related stink aside, nothing is worse than parvo poop. Ewwwwwwwwww.
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Old 10-16-2011, 12:32 AM
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Thanks again for all of the useful advice. I find it so interesting when I seen dog poop that takes a really long time to decompose, and I can't imagine what their owners are feeding them. I've also noticed that Bunk's poop has better texture when we feed him carrots, but it also makes it smell.

I don't know why I'm so interested in dog poop, but it just seems to be one of those natural barometers of health, which takes little effort to examine.
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