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Guest Blogger:A Rear View of Nutritional Intake by Dr. Edward Moser

A pet parent was overheard asking a pet shop owner whether her choice of food was making a difference in the health of her dog. How, she pondered, could she gauge the health benefits of her pooch’s intake?

Dr. Edward Moser, a consulting veterinary nutritionist to Wellness, believes there’s no better way to evaluate what goes into your pet than by inspecting what comes out. Typically, the consistency, volume, color and odor of pets’ fecal matter reveal a great deal about whether they are eating right and effectively utilizing – digesting – the food’s beneficial components. A poorly formed voluminous stool can be a sign of overfeeding, feeding a poorly digestible diet (i.e. poor quality or high fiber), or maldigestion. Consult with your veterinarian for help with a diagnosis to the problem, and always take a stool sample to your pet’s wellness visit. And that, friends, is the straight poop from Dr. Moser.

Dr. Edward Moser holds diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Nutrition, and advanced degrees from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine (where he is an adjunct assistant professor Veterinary Nutrition) and The Ohio State University.

One Response to “Guest Blogger:A Rear View of Nutritional Intake by Dr. Edward Moser”

  1. Beth King says:

    My 3 Beagles have been on Wellness Core for about 4 months. Up until the last two weeks, they’ve flourished, but have since become very constipated. One dog, a petite 19 pounder, is completely constipated and poops with great effort what could be described as rocks. (She is on Ocean Blend, the other 2 are on low-fat.) Canned pumpkin does not improve matters. They already get a squirt of fish oil made for dogs. I’d like some help soon, before this becomes a veterinary matter!