Let’s face it- dog poop stinks. And the poorer quality diet a dog has, the more likely they are to have a truly smelly turd in your yard, and they’ll be doing it a lot more often. If you are tired of gagging every time you clean your dog’s mess, try adding a few healthy things to your dog’s diet or changing their diet completely so they have a cleaner, less acrid poop.
A healthy dog won’t be a giant gasbag. If you’re feeding your dog food that has a lot of corn or wheat gluten, odds are your dog is leaving smelly feces (and sometimes runny, too) in your yard, and farting constantly otherwise. Dogs have a difficult time digesting corn and wheat gluten, which is unfortunately the most common ingredients in most dog foods. Why? Because these ingredients are cheap, and cheap is what sells. But if you purchase cheap foods for your dog, you are bound to have issues in the crapping department.
However, in this economy it’s hard to spend over a dollar a pound for a bag of dog food, which is what the higher-end dog foods typically cost. So to battle your dog’s smelly poo and their eye-watering farts, try simply adding a few cheap items to your dog’s food to both settle down their digestion and have them producing healthier stools that smell far less terrible.
First of all, avoid canned dog food. This makes your dog produce runnier stools and even though most dogs love it, they turn into a gassy mess with wet food. Even high-quality wet food can cause your dog some digestion distress, and even cheap wet food is pricey. Stick with dry, and you’ll all be better off.
Add olive oil or salmon oil to your dog’s dry dog food. Adding these oils provide a healthy coat and help your dog digest the ingredients in poor-quality dog foods. Your dog will scratch less and have less gas, and will even begin producing more cleanup friendly stools.
Mix cooked white or whole-grain rice into your dog’s food. Even minute rice is a good start. This not only gives them an easily digestible substance to make their current food digest better, but provides them with fiber for a more firm stool in the yard for cleaning up after. Rice will also keep your dog fuller longer and will keep you from having to feed them more often, saving you money in the dog food department.
Cheap meats dogs enjoy include beef liver or chicken liver and/or gizzards. You can often go to the store and find scrap meats (don’t buy pork scraps, though- too much fat which will give your dog MORE gas and runny stools) or ask the butcher for dog bones that you can cook and divvy out to your dog. I often put chopped liver in my dog’s food and she loves it. The meat provides ample protein that my dog can’t get from her dog food alone and allows her to absorb more nutrients. She poops less and to be honest her cleanup is easy- hard, scent-free stools that I can pick up in a grocery sack that I use for a glove.
Adding carrots, cooked frozen peas, green beans, broccoli, apple slices, or carrots to your dog’s meal greatly improves the digestibility and quality of even super low-quality dog food. Dogs with sweet tooths enjoy apple slices and cranberries (dried or boiled) in their food, whereas dogs who prefer hardier veggies can eat almost any vegetable without being picky. Starting out with potatoes is a great start. Most dogs love cooked potatoes in their food.
A healthy diet, once again, is the best way to enable your dog to properly digest their food and not produce gases and smelly deposits. If you are tired of gagging every time you clean up your dog’s messes or if their farts send you out of the room, perhaps adding something a bit more substantial to their diet is what your dog (and you) needs.