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The Dirty Truth About Your Dog’s Poop

It never fails. I’m walking my dog Chilly and suddenly he comes to a screeching halt, nose to the ground, unwilling to budge. I don’t even have to look to know what it is: another dog’s poop. For some reason, he finds the “deposits” of other canines intensely interesting.

Personally, I find it interesting that some people don’t bother to pick up poop in the first place.

Now, I know this isn’t the most fun chore in the world, but it’s the right thing to do. So the next time you responsibly stoop to scoop, take a moment to learn from it.


Instead of grimacing, cock your head, as dogs often do when inquisitive, and learn from what you see. Believe it or not, poop is a reliable indicator of your dog’s health.

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By the way, no matter how much you hate picking up poop, it’s way better than stepping in it. Just ask this little boy!

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Kristen Levine is a nationally acclaimed pet expert, influencer, and Fear Free Certified® Professional with over 30 years of experience working with pets.

Through this blog and her book, Pampered Pets on a Budget, Kristen has helped millions of pet parents solve problems and provide the best care for their dogs and cats.

Working alongside hundreds of pet professionals, including veterinarians, behaviorists and trainers inspired Kristen to become a pet parenting “guide”, providing readers with reliable information about health, wellness and lifestyle for dogs and cats and the people who love them.

A dogged advocate for pet adoption and rescue, Kristen has featured over 1,000 adoptable dogs and cats from the SPCA on live television and radio appearances to get them adopted. Her blog, has been featured in over 100 media outlets – including the New York Times, USA Today, FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, Women's Day, Reader's Digest, Good Housekeeping, Pop Sugar and more.

To stay up to date on the latest health and lifestyle trends for pets, Kristen regularly attends the top veterinary and pet product conferences, where she’s often a featured speaker.

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