A to Z Challenge – P – Sponsored by Natural Pet Pantry
One of the appeals to switching to raw dog food was smaller, less smelly poop. What I didn’t think about was the volume I still needed to clean up in their yard and on our walks. It may be smaller and less smelly, but when you multiple dog poop production by 4 – it’s still a smelly chore.
The only truly negative experience we had with dog poop on raw was during Poopapalooza – a combination of too much liver (very rich and causes loose stool to explosive diarrhea in some dogs) and tainted chicken, the poop nearly did me in, but we made it through by changing their diet.
We learned that chicken from the grocery store wasn’t an option for our dogs, that it’s hard to get the 80/10/10 mix perfect in a multi-dog home, and my boyfriend prefers to supervise when it comes to dog poop clean up. Well, I already knew that last one.
What I noticed about our dogs’ poop after switching to raw…
- Their poop is smaller; it’s not cat box small, but it is smaller than it was when they ate kibble.
- Their poop is less smelly; it doesn’t hit you like a mack truck when you bend down to pick it up.
- Their poop is lighter in color (or the color of their food), because of the increased calcium and digestibility. Our dogs are using more of the nutrients in their food so less waste is expelled.
- 100% pure canned pumpkin is a miracle worker for when our dogs have loose stools or very hard stools. Because raw dog food from Natural Pet Pantry is part of their diet, we rarely have to whip out the pumpkin and mostly give it to the dogs as a frozen treat (recipe below).
- Their poop color and consistency changes depending on what they’re eating, making it a good barometer of how their doing with the diet.
- Our dogs poop still poop twice a day, in the morning and after heavy play or on their walks.
Moral of my tale is that if you have a pack at home, a bag of dog poop after cleaning up the yard doesn’t smell like roses now that we’ve switched to raw dog food.
No one promised this, but I’m still disappointed.
Pumpkin & Yogurt Treats
I am all about easy and this is so easy you’re going to laugh and then make these today.
- 2 – 100% pure canned pumpkin (no spices, just pumpkin) – sometimes I go nuts and use strawberries and bananas instead
- 1 – big container of plain, fat free yogurt; sometimes I go for Greek yogurt because it seems healthier and I love John Stamos
- keep in mind that we have 4 big dogs, so you’ll have to adjust the amount for your pack
- mix it together in a big bowl (ours are gigantic – LOL) and spoon in icecube trays and freeze
- that’s it!
- if I use strawberries and bananas – I get a huge container of strawberries and a bunch of bananas, wash, chop up, (toss the skin, leaves), puree in our Magic Bullet, then mix with the yogurt