Dog poop can tell you a lot about a dog’s overall health, and while it often stinks to high heaven and is kinda gross, bending down to take a closer look at what Fido has produced can be beneficial!
What should a normal, healthy poop look like?
In general terms, a healthy dog poop should be a little firm, but not too dry, and defecating shouldn’t cause them to strain or struggle.
Try to observe your pooches’ poop from time to time (if it’s not possible to do so every day) so that you’ll be sure to notice if there are any changes; look for the colour, amount and smell. A diet high in fibre might mean that your pet produces a lot of poop with a strong smell, and this can also happen with certain dry food diets, as your dog can’t process the nutrients and get rid of them. Dogs who regularly eat raw foods may produce smaller, weaker smelling poops.
Any changes that worry you might warrant a trip to your local veterinarian.
What can black, tarry, green, yellow or red poop indicate?
A poop that features any of these colours may be evidence of intestinal or anal bleeding and can be the result of an injury to the GI tract or even cancer. This kind of poop requires a definite trip to the vets.
When your dogs’ poop is soft or loose:
If you’ve recently made some changes to your dog’s diet, then this may be the simple result of those changes, or it may mean that your pet has eaten something that it shouldn’t have. Keep an eye on soft or loose poop, and if a change in diet doesn’t help to improve it, then again, you may need to see a vet who will take a sample of the stool.
A stool that is greasy and gray looking:
This is often the sign that your dogs diet contains too much fat, and it might be time to review what you feed them on. Too much fat in their food can lead to inflammatory conditions such as Pancreatitis, a potentially life-threatening condition. Seek help if your dogs poop remains gray and greasy even after a diet change.
What does it mean when your dog passes watery diarrhoea, and lots of it:
Problems with your dog’s intestine may cause them to poop frequently and produce a high volume of diarrhoea each time. The causes of this can be varied, but if the frequent, high volume diarrhoea continues, then you’ll need to consult with a qualified veterinarian.
Soft poop with mucus:
If your dog passes a soft stool that is coated with an unusual looking mucus, then it could be an indication of parasites or a virus being present. Worms or eggs in a similar stool are a sure sign that parasites are present in your pet’s system, so if you see anything like this, get your dog to a vet. Regular check-ups with a vet will also help to prevent such infestations from taking hold, so don’t forget to visit them at least twice a year to maintain your dog’s health.
If your pet dog produces any kind of poop that concerns you and the problem persists, it’s imperative that you get them to the vet’s as soon as possible.