I recently changed my shih-tzu’s brand of food to Wellness 1+1. It is one carb and one protein all-natural lamb and brown rice. He was on a different brand of lamb and brown rice before this, and his poop size was substantial for a 14-pound dog. But now he only has rabbit pellets or noticeably smaller poops. He seems OK and has a poop at least once a day and is still active and playful. Could it be because there are fewer by-products in his new food? Should I be worried? How can I tell if this is a problem? —Mandy
Better Dog Food, Less Poop
Congratulations, Mandy — you are experiencing one of the many wonderful results of feeding your dog an excellent diet. Better dog food, less dog poop!
The reason is simple: With fewer carbs, your doggie absorbs and uses more nutrients, which means there’s less waste. Less waste = less poop.
Of course, in your situation, it depends on what food you switched to Wellness from. If it was of similar quality, then it could be that your dog processes the new food’s formula differently.
There’s no need to worry unless your dog is straining and having difficulty pooping. This can sometimes be an issue with harder stool, even if it’s small. If you do notice your dog having a tough time pooping, add a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to each of his meals. If the condition persists, it’s time to contact your veterinarian.