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Soft Serve Dog Poop. Let’s Go There Together.

I’ve been working with dogs for over a decade: as a dog walker, shelter worker, holistic pet store clerk, raw dog food rep. So if there’s anything I know a lot about, it’s dog poop.

I recently read this interesting blog by Patricia McConnell about the connection between a dog’s gut and emotional issues.  As anyone who lives with an anxious or fearful dog knows – it’s not uncommon for these dogs to have digestive upset. A lot.

So here’s what I want you to know: you’re not the only one who’s getting up at 3am to let your dog out to take a dump, even though he just went a few hours ago. You’re not the only one that is patiently waiting for the day when your dog’s poop comes out as a solid nugget, worthy of bronzing, so you can put it on your mantle next to your baby shoes.

You’re normal and so is your dog.

If your dog has ever been on antibiotics, has food sensitivities, has trouble switching from one food to another, received poor nutrition in his previous home, was previously under fed, or has emotional issues such as fear (like in McConnell’s blog), then your dog’s gut might need a boost.

In order to have solid poop, your dog needs a little help from good bacteria in his digestive system (just like us!) and the fastest, cheapest, most effective way I know to get from soft serve to solid turd is: Enzymes and Probiotics.

I use NaturVet which costs about $15 for a few months supply. You can find it online or at independent pet stores. It’s a powder you add to their kibble and it works wonders.

Try it.  It doesn’t hurt and it almost always helps.  For my pit bull Boogie, it changed his digestive system around completely.  He went from squirming to go out round the clock, unable to switch foods with out major stomach troubles, and no solid poop for a year (!), to a couple of number twos a day. Solid ones. And he was finally comfortable with new foods.  It’s not just Boogie. Because I work with dogs, I know dozens and dozens of other families who have had the same results.

It’s pretty exciting the day your dog starts pooping like a normal kid.

You might want to jump up and down and take photos to share. It’s a proud moment, I know. Go on and celebrate.


  1. Hi
    Do you mind if I translate this article in Korean and share with more people.
    Great job!!

    December 2, 2011
  2. Hi There,

    Please do share, but I would appreciate it if you linked back to my blog for credit.

    Glad you liked it and hope it helps!

    Thank you!

    December 2, 2011
  3. Hola Hola all, simplemente sea Alerta a su blog a, y ubicado que es verdaderamente informativo. Me va a mirar hacia fuera de Bruselas. yo aprecian debe este proceder en futuro. Una gran cantidad de otras personas pueden a de su escritura. Salud!

    December 2, 2011
  4. So how it this different than the otc “Align”? or yogurt with active cultures? Just curious. I have those products in my pantry and fridge.
    Yogurt works for my dog, as does blanding up her diet by boiling chicken and rice. (but that’s a little too extreme a change for my dog, so I add it to her kibble)
    She’s old and has always been a little nervous with a sensitive tummy.
    Thanks for the article, it just so happens we’re dealing with just this thing in recent days and I’m at the point of getting her in to the vet, just to be sure.

    April 7, 2012
    • I posted on FB, but just in case you check here first, here’s what I wrote: I’m not sure what Align is, but you can definitely add plain yogurt to your dog’s food – for some pups, that will be enough to support thier digestive system and get things regular again! My dog didn’t respond to pumpkin or yogurt in any significant way (because things were pretty bad), so this was a good option for me. The ezymes in this product are all vegetable-based, so if your dog has any issues with dairy or needs a more concentrated dose, this product might be helpful. It also has a “prebiotic”, in addition to the ezymes and probiotics.

      April 7, 2012
  5. Until I got my Akita 10 years ago, I never knew how sensitive a dog’s stomach/digestive system could be. Anything new in Chaos’s diet can lead to “soft serve” poop instead of solid. So I try to limit anything new (like a new type of treat) to one or two per day (depending on the size) until I know it’s not going to throw his system out of whack. I’m just glad I’m not the only one!

    August 29, 2012
  6. lizzyjones #

    One thing I’ve also noticed is that if we go for a longer walk, her pooh will start out more solid but if she poohs again, it’s “soft-serve”…I’ve always just thought of it as not cooked yet.

    March 1, 2013
  7. lol last comment!
    My dog is fearful and has had chronic diarrhea or soft serve her whole life. I used the above named product for awhile and the diarrhea calmed down for a bit. Then, I switched her to raw food and both went away for awhile – and I DID want to bronze those beautiful round nuggets. But, the soft serve came back so I added ProBios (a pre/probiotic) and it worked for awhile but we’re back to soft serve. I think it is possible that she gets “used” to something and her probiotics might need to be switched every so often. I don’t know if that makes medical sense but I am going to buy super expensive FortiFlora next…then start the cycle over. One thing that will absolutely trigger explosive diarrhea is a trip to the vet or a particularly reactive day. The gut/brain connection is fascinating! Thanks for the article and all you do for fear aggressive dogs like my so often misunderstood dog,Sierra.

    March 5, 2013

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