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How to Tell If Your Pet’s Digestive System Is Healthy

The key to your pet’s overall health starts in their gut. That’s right. A properly functioning digestive system puts your pet on the path of holistic health and happiness. That’s why it’s important to prioritize feeding a formula with ingredients designed to keep their digestive health functioning like a well-oiled machine. But how can you tell if your pet's digestive system is functioning at its best? In this article, we will explore various indicators and signs that can help you assess the health of your beloved companion's digestive system, ensuring their overall well-being and vitality.
  1. Look at their poop! No really.
The color, consistency, content and coating of stool serve as crucial indicators of a healthy digestive system. Ideally, a healthy stool exhibits a chocolate-brown color, firmness and a caterpillar-like shape. It is important to examine the content of the stool and be vigilant for the presence of worms, fur or foreign materials as they can signal digestive distress. A healthy stool should be free of any coating or film as the presence of mucus or blood can be indicative of digestive distress.1
  1. Watch their appetite.
If your pet consistently eats at their regular feeding times and maintains a healthy weight, it is a positive indication of their good gut health. However, the presence of weight loss, decreased appetite, vomiting, or diarrhea in your pet are signs of poor gut health that should not be ignored.
  1. A shiny coat and flawless skin.
A good quality diet is important for supporting skin and coat health. Frequent shedding, itching or excessive scratching can indicate an underlying issue with their digestive health. Keep an eye out for a lustrous, healthy coat and flawless skin, free of abnormalities.
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1 Vogelsang, Jessica. “What Should My Dog’s Poop Look Like?” petMD, 2022,

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