One thing that David and I remember from our childhood is white dog poop. If you went out playing in the park there was no sloppy dog poop to negotiate like today, back then it was hard and dry and… white. But I bet you have not seen any lately and that is mostly due to the change in a dog’s diet. Meat and bone used to comprise a large part of the domestic dog’s diet, as a result their poop was rich in calcium. After a few days, water and organic components evaporated from their poop and what remained became dry, hard and turned white with calcium.
However, today’s dogs are fed from bags, tin cans and packets, with the occasional table scrap thrown in. None of which are natural. Dogs these days rarely consume enough calcium to create the whitening effect on their poop. Dogs eating a high mineral raw food diet will produce poop that turns a much lighter colour within 24 hours and disintegrates very quickly. Dogs eating raw foods which are too high in calcium or bone pass white, chalky poop, and may suffer from constipation.
Bearing this in mind, David told me a story recently which kind of stood all this on its head. He was working in Liverpool with Razzi when they decided they needed some light refreshment so they called in on a rather run-down greasy-spoon café. They had a cup of tea each and a couple of pieces of Jammy Toast – well what else would they eat? Soon it came time to move on and Davidd decided to head for the toilet for a quick emergency wee-wee. The café only had one multi-sex toilet and an old guy beat Davidd to the toilet and so he had to wait. The old guy was in there for a little while but as soon as he came out Davidd went into the toilet and there in the toilet bowl was… a white poop!
Neither of us has ever seen a white human poop and when Davidd told me about it I had to do a little research and find out just what this was all about. Well, it turns out that white poop in humans is caused by a lack of bile, which may indicate a serious underlying problem. Bile is a digestive fluid produced by the liver and stored in the gallbladder. Poop gets its normal brownish colour from bile, which is excreted into the small intestine during the digestive process. This might be the sign of a liver or gallbladder problem. Check with your doctor!
So I hope I have been informative with my post today and kept you informed of the dangers of white poop.
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