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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 in the industry. She's helped millions of pet parents provide the best care at every stage of their pet’s life.

Her blog, Pet Living with Kristen Levine has been featured in Pop Sugar, Good Housekeeping, New York Times, USA Today, and more.

She's also the founder of FWV Fetching, the first marketing agency exclusively serving pet and animal health companies.

Her early work with the SPCA led her to a lifelong career in the pet industry, advocating for pet adoption and rescue as well as for pets and their parents here on her blog and in the media.

She’s frequently booked on satellite media tours and national shows, like FOX & Friends, Good Morning America, and Daytime, to talk about pet trends and new products.

Insanely passionate about pets since she was a little girl, Kristen has had more than 30 pets in her lifetime — including dogs, cats, goats, donkeys, a horse, a gerbil, mice, and chickens!

In 2022, she launched to help pet parents keep pet homes clean -- to love more, stress less.

Kristen is married and lives in the mountains of North Carolina with her dog Tulip.

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