Better Stool Quality

Bernie’s Perfect Poop Helps Give Dogs Better Stool Quality

The quality of your dog’s poop is important. There really is such a thing as perfect poop and better stool quality in dogs means your dog’s overall health is better. How can Bernie’s Perfect Poop give dogs better stool quality?

  • If your dog’s gut health is in check, they’ll have the poop you dream about. Firm, easy to pick up and just the right color. Better stool quality is an indicator that your dog’s microbiome is in shape and healthy. Better stool = better dog gut health and that’s better overall general health for your dog.
  • A high-quality fiber is key for better stool quality. A premium fiber combination like that in Bernie’s Perfect Poop will help firm your dog’s stool up as it goes through his digestive tract. This perfect combination of Miscanthus grass, pumpkin and flaxseed in Bernie’s absorbs water and bulks stool up as it moves food through the digestive process, and this means better stool quality as an end result.
  • Bernie's Perfect Poop also combines prebiotics and probiotics to balance your dog’s gut microbiome. When your dog’s gut health is as it should be, good bacteria (probiotics) prevent harmful bacteria from overgrowing and making your dog’s poop everything from rock hard to poop soup. The prebiotics and probiotics in Bernie’s encourage optimal dog gut health to keep your dog’s gut in shape and digestive health strong. Strong digestive health means better stools.
  • Every cell of your dog’s body needs nutrients. That’s how they grow and thrive. The enzymes in Bernie’s Perfect Poop help break food down more efficiently, and that means your dog’s body can absorb more nutrition and have less waste that they need to poop. When your dog absorbs all the nutrition he should from his food, this poop is the perfect consistency, color and size and makes picking it up a breeze.
  • Bernie’s Perfect Poop is a 4-in-1 combination of fiber, prebiotics, probiotics, and enzymes. Good dog gut health is the key to a happier, healthier life and poops for your dog, but also for you because better stool quality means easier pickups after potty breaks.
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What Does Better Stool Quality Look Like And What Are The Symptoms of Poor Stool Quality?

Perfect Poop really does exist in dogs. It’s important that your dog has the best stools he can have because poop is the easiest way to tell if your dog’s gut health is in check and he’s absorbing all the nutrition he should be. Vets ask you about your dog’s poop because stool quality really is tell-all. If your dog’s poop is too watery or runny, their gut is most likely out of shape and they may be suffering from intestinal disturbance. If their poop is hard or dry or little pellets, they may be suffering from dehydration or constipation.

Poop should be firm and easy to pick up—sort of like a play-doh or modeling clay consistency. It should look like the tell-tale log—think of the happy poop emoji. If it’s too big, your dog is probably not digesting as much as he should of his food and if it’s too small, he may have a blockage or illness that needs to be addressed.

Dog poops typically coincide with the number of feedings your dogs have, but not always. The key to better stool quality is the consistency in the times they poop, and if your dog is pooping too much or too little as compared to their normal schedule, it’s a good sign their gut is not happy.

Better stool also has better coloring. The optimal color for the best stool quality in dogs is a nice milky chocolate color. If your dog’s poop is any other color, that may mean there are issues like internal bleeding, gall bladder problems, worms, constipation, poor nutrient absorption or a whole host of other issues you’ll want to address immediately to ensure they’re healthy.

And when it comes to smell? No poop smells like roses, but when their bottom makes your eyes water and you find yourself gagging, that’s usually a sign something is disturbing their microbiome. When your dog’s poop is problematic, it means their gut has problems too and you’ll want get to the bottom of that problem quickly.

The symptoms of poor stool quality are:

  • Dry, hard stools
  • Mucus in poop
  • Diarrhea
  • Loose poop
  • Foul-smelling poop
  • Discolored poop
  • Too large a poop
  • Not enough poop compared to food intake

Causes of Poor Stool Quality In Dogs

One of the most common causes of poor stool quality is poor nutrition. Most likely, your dog is not absorbing enough nutrients from the food you feed. He may not be taking enough high-quality fiber in or drinking enough water, and often, it’s a combination of all three. Fiber is what absorbs water from the colon as food passes through the digestive system. This bulks it up and makes it the perfect consistency for passing through your dog’s intestinal roller coaster. It keeps your dog’s food moving through at the right speed for optimal digestive breakdown and nutrient absorption and is essentially a regulator for the perfect poop.

If your dog isn’t able to break food down appropriately, you will also see poor poop quality. Sometimes there are metabolic issues that leave dogs with constipation or diarrhea, or they take medicines that prevent them from moving stool through their colon as it should.

Sometimes anxiety and poor mental health will cause them to have colon blow and sometimes they’ll just eat something that doesn’t settle with their stomach and you’ll see it when they poop.

Causes of Poor Stool Quality IncludeCan Perfect Poop Help?
Lack of dietary fiberYES
Poor digestionYES
Poor nutrient absorption YES
Picky eatingYES
Bowel ObstructionYES
Medication Side EffectsYES
Swollen anal sacsYES
Internal bleeding
Grooming issues
Lack of exercise
Abscesses, tumors or other masses around rectum
Metabolic disease
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If your dog’s stool is consistently runny or consistently like rabbit pellets (or even a combination of both conditions) you should contact your vet and make sure there’s no metabolic disease or parasites. A bit of upset tummy and poor stool is one thing, but if your dog’s poop pattern is one that continually bowls you over with odor, slimy pickup or rock turds, your vet may want to do some additional testing.

Other Ways to Help

  • Make sure your dog is hydrated
  • Feed quality foods that include good fiber
  • Find a dog food recipe your dog likes
  • Feed smaller meals many times a day
  • Give exercise to move things around in the colon

Additional Reading

  • Bernie's Blog Post on Better Stool Quality
  • What Your Dog's Poo Can Tell You About Their Health
  • Dog Diarrhea
  • Is my dog constipated?
  • Dog Constipation: Perfect Poop Every Time

Related Terms

  • Colon Blow
  • Obstipation
  • Enlarged Colon
  • Megacolon
  • Hershey’s Syrup Poop
  • Poop Strain
  • Fecally challenged
  • Rabbit Turd Poop
  • Poop Soup
  • Chocolate Hostage


Our dog is the pickiest eater and had the worst gas - it was rancid! Bernie's helped her eat more regularly and the gas is gone. And of course the "perfect poops" started after just 4 days. THANK YOU! - Amelia

More Information About Stool Quality in Dogs

Good dog gut health is pivotal to overall health in your dog. If your dog’s gut is healthy, their digestive tract will be healthy. This means they’ll be able to absorb all they’re supposed to from their food, and pass the waste through their system with ease. It also means that you’ll be able to easily pick that waste up because it will be firm and not bowl you over with odor. Dogs with balanced guts are also less at risk for diseases or illnesses that may cause later problems.

Fiber may help improve dog stool quality

Fiber is important in improving your dog’s stool quality because it’s a regulator that keeps food moving properly through your dog’s digestive system.

High-quality fiber helps bulk up and solidify stool so that it moves through and is easier to pass from your dog’s digestive system. Fiber can help soak up water from outside of your dog’s colon to soften your dog’s stool for easier passing. This is why you want your dog’s poop to look like that beloved poop emoji—it means it had just the right amount of fiber to give it perfect form and consistency.

High-quality fiber also helps your dog’s body absorb all it is supposed to from the food you offer, and helps fuel probiotics that balance their guts. If your dog is not getting enough premium fiber, their guts are imbalanced, causing hard or runny stools. When your dog has the right fiber intake, their balanced microbiomes can ensure just the right consistency and nutritional absorption for optimal health.The right combination of insoluble and soluble fiber in Bernie’s helps prevent diarrhea, constipation and slow digestion.

Not all fiber supplements for dogs are created equal, though. Bernie’s uses Miscanthus grass. It’s a healthier alternative to other cheap fiber fillers some supplements use, and is an all-natural, non-GMO, grain-free, gluten-free fiber that is sustainably grown. It’s grown without herbicides or pesticides and is good for the planet and for our dogs.

Prebiotics and Probiotics may help with poor stool quality
Prebiotics and probiotics are the key elements to helping your dog’s gut health be at its best. Prebiotics and Probiotics balance out your dog’s digestive tract bacteria and microbiome. They’re like tiny colon warriors, always ensuring your dog’s poop moves through just as it should, without problem or pain.

The prebiotic in Bernie’s is Inulin. Inulin acts as a fertilizer to feed the good bacteria in your dog’s lower digestive tract. With the proper supplementation, good bacteria thrive and keep your dog’s gut healthy and balanced. A balanced gut is key to getting better stool quality from your dog.

Probiotics are the good bacteria in your dog’s gut. Adding that good bacteria through supplementation limits the growth and effects of harmful bacteria. When the good bacteria in your dog’s gut get the proper nutrition, they multiply and create a healthy environment. This means your dog’s gut becomes more balanced, and that your dog’s digestive system functions at its best.
Probiotics are the good bacteria in the gut that add that magic to your dog’s gut. Adding good bacteria with Bernie’s means we keep your dog’s digestive tract clean and moving along as it should, with an end product being just the right consistency and color.

Enzymes may help your dog have the perfect poop

Enzymes in Bernie’s Perfect Poop will help your dog’s digestive tract break food down better. When it comes to the perfect poop, this is vital. The food you give your dog is meant to be broken down so that their body can absorb nutrition and get rid of waste. If your dog isn’t able to break their food down as they should, they can’t fuel their bodies. Without proper nutrient absorption, your dog’s waste will likely be of poor quality because the digestive system was disrupted. The enzymes in Bernie’s help ensure your dog gets the most from the food you feed him, and helps your dog’s digestion. Better dog digestion means better stool quality overall.