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Diarrhea or Soft Stools?

There is a Huge Difference


I receive emails all the time that a person’s dog has diarrhea.  I realize that is a common term for runny stools; however, I would like to explain the difference between diarrhea and soft stools.

Diarrhea is a condition of illness where the body must rid itself of whatever is causing that illness. The dog will have several watery stools within an hour’s time.  It is more often than not accompanied by a fever.

Soft stools which often happens when a dog first goes on my nutrition program are an indication that the body is doing a general cleansing of old food and a buildup of feces that has accumulated over the years.

Commercial dog food is not fit to eat, and a dog’s body does the best it can with it, but it doesn’t provide the necessary nutrients.  So the body holds on to it trying to draw as much from that junk food as it possibly can.  When you start feeding real food, raw meat and cooked vegetables, the body then dumps out the old in order to make room for the new, and that is what produces soft stools.  It isn’t a condition of illness.