To monitor your dog’s health is to not only assess what goes into your dog but also what comes out!
Most experienced dog parents see dog’s feces as a good barometer of their babe’s health. It is true. You can roughly get a read on your dog’s health by a simple evaluation. So, do you know how to tell normal dog poops?
While picking up after your dog, pay attention to these four C’s.
Color is the first thing you can confirm at first sight. The perfect poop color should be brown, especially the chocolate-brown stool that indicates a healthy pup. While black may mean bleeding in the upper GI tract, a red streak may suggest bleeding in the lower digestive tract. Green is a color your dog's stool may have, meaning he is eating a lot of grass due to an upset stomach. Finally, grey or yellow stools may indicate liver, gallbladder, or pancreas issues. Be alarmed of white spots in the stool, which may indicate your pet have worms inside.
Some vets have a numerical system to categorize the consistency of dog poop. The scale ranges from 1 to 7. 1 means hard, dry pellets, and 7 being a watery puddle of diarrhea with no texture. The healthy poop is on 2-3: the feces should be firm, segmented, and shaped like a sausage that leaves no residue when picked up. Hard poops might suggest your dog is dehydrated, while the liquid poop means your kid’s internal system doesn’t work well. One super-hard or super-soft stool isn’t a sign for worry according to the vet, but if it persists for more than a day, contact your veterinarian.
If you notice any abnormality on your dog’s poop from its color or consistency, check inside. The only way to check the contents of poop is to dissect it, and we recommend you to take a sample to your vet, or use gloves for this rather unpleasant task if you’re not able to visit vets. The inside of poop should look the same as the outside. Here are some abnormal contents that shouldn’t appear in your dog’s stool:
- Foreign materials: Anything in your dog’s poop that is a non-food item is a cause for concern.
- Worms: These will appear long and skinny or rice-shaped. Any type of worms should be treated by your vet.
- Fur: Some fur can be normal; large clumps of fur shouldn’t be found in the poop that may indicate allergies, excessive licking, or skin disease.
Call your vet for help if you find anything foreign.
Your dog’s poop should not have a coating or film. When you pick up your dog's stool off where they poo, it shouldn’t leave a trail. A coating or film on the poop is abnormal. The oily or greasy coating may indicate diseases, while any mucus coating the poop is an unhealthy sign. Films often mean large bowel inflammation that usually happens along with diarrhea.
If your dog eats, drinks, and behaves normally, there is no need to concern about poop issues. If your dog’s abnormal symptoms persist, visit your vet and get a professional analysis.
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