Read here how dog poop reveals your dog's health

Do you tend to take a look at your dog's poop when you pick it up from the sidewalk or on your walk in the woods? Maybe you should start doing that. While picking up dog poop may not be your favorite pastime, it can give you great insight into your dog's health. You can prevent more health problems if you keep a close eye on your dog's droppings.

Regular bowel movement is a sign of a healthy dog, so it's an important topic to bring up - even if it might not be the most delicious. There are primarily four things to look out for in your dog's faeces, namely colour, coating, consistency and content. We cover all four here, so you can ensure that your dog is and remains healthy – at least when it comes to its poo.

What does a healthy dog ​​poop look like? brown chocolate ice cream

The optimal dog poop should look chocolate brown in color and be firm in consistency. The shape should be reminiscent of small logs, and there may be small cracks in it. The dog poop must also be easy to pick up, which you can tell by the fact that it is neither too hard nor too soft. Last but not least, there must be no coating or slime on the faeces. You can read more about that below. You are therefore sure that your dog has healthy faeces if it is brown, firm and without coating.

Your dog needs to defecate once or twice a day. If your dog does that, it's a good indicator that his habits are healthy. If it suddenly stops doing number two, or it does it more often than usual, you need to pay more attention.

You have to keep an eye on your dog's stools

If, on the other hand, the dog faeces are outside the above category or change in color or consistency, you must pay extra attention.

Mucus and coating on the stool

One of the things that you can determine relatively easily, and which has a major impact on your dog's health, is mucus. A slimy stool can be a sign of diarrhea and inflammation in your dog's intestines. The mucus on or in the stool comes because the colon produces extra to protect itself. You can check if the dog's stool is slimy when you pick it up. A perfect dog poop will leave nothing on the ground. So if the grass or soil doesn't have slime on it after you remove the dog poop, you know the poop is as it should be.
If you can see mucus on the ground, it is a good idea to contact your vet, who can advise you on what to do next.

What color is your dog's poop and what does it mean? yellow cupcake

The color of your dog's stool can change, depending on what your dog eats and whether organs such as the intestines and liver are working as they should. It is therefore an easy way to spot health problems in your dog. Each color can be a sign of different things.

Brown poop: If your dog's poop is plain brown, it's an indicator that your dog is healthy. The perfect stool should be chocolate brown.

Black stools and stains of blood: A black or reddish-brown stool can be a sign of bleeding from the intestine or stomach. The same is the case if the stool has red streaks in it. If the stool is black, it means that the blood has already been digested and that the bleeding has occurred in the first part of the digestive tract. If there are small spots of red blood that last for less than a day, it is most likely tears at the end of the intestine. If the bleeding is greater and lasts for a longer time or is associated with other things such as vomiting or fever, you must contact the vet. Worms can also be a reason for the bleeding.

Green faeces: If your dog's faeces, on the other hand, are green, this may mean that your dog has eaten grass. That in itself doesn't mean much, but the dog may have eaten grass to relieve an upset stomach, so it's definitely something you need to be aware of.

Yellow stool: If your dog's stool is yellow or yellowish, it may mean that there are problems with the dog's liver or pancreas. You may also experience a yellow slimy stool. In both cases, you must see your doctor again if this is the case.

White spots in the feces: Small white spots in your dog's feces can be a sign of worms. You can read more about this in the content below.

The contents of the stool
It is not only via the color of the dog poo that you can spot irregularities. The contents of the stool can also reveal health problems. Among other things, you must look for lumps of fur and worms.

Lumps of fur in the stool:

  • If you see a larger amount of fur in your dog's stool, it could mean several things. It is important to keep an eye on how often you see fur in the faeces and contact your vet if it persists. Clumps of fur in the faeces can be signs of both allergies, a skin disease and excessive fur care.

Worms in the stool:

  • As we mentioned earlier, small white spots in the stool can be a sign of worms. However, they can also be long and thin and actually look like worms. Contact your doctor if you discover the worms in completely fresh stool. However, you should be aware that this does not apply if you only find worms in faeces that have been left outside for a long time. Here the worms may well have found their way to the faeces themselves.

Other things and foreign objects:

  • The dog is a very curious animal, and most dog owners will be able to nod in recognition of having caught the dog eating everything from plastic to fabric scraps. Typically, most will come out again, but you may run the risk that something is still stuck in the system. Therefore, it is always a good idea to contact your vet if you discover small pieces of things that are not part of the dog's diet. The vet can take an X-ray, which can determine if there is still a foreign body in the dog's system.

The consistency says more than you think

Your dog's stool can have many different consistencies. As I said, the ideal consistency is firm and cylindrical. However, the stool may be thinner to varying degrees, and this is where you need to pay extra attention. It doesn't matter if it's a little thinner, as long as you keep an eye on the consistency.

Most vets measure the consistency of the faeces using a scale from one to five, with five being the most optimal (the firm form). If the loose stools persist, it is a good idea to contact the doctor. Here it is obvious to take a stool sample with you.

Tip for a stool sample: A stool sample is generally a good idea for the dog's health check, as the stool can store a lot of relevant information about your dog's health. Make sure the stool sample is as fresh as possible and preferably keep it cold until you go to the doctor.

What can you do to avoid or treat unhealthy stools?

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Our first advice is to always go to the vet if you experience irregularities in your dog's stools. But there are also several things you can do yourself to prevent and help against, among other things, diarrhea and constipation.

Among other things, you can make sure that your dog gets enough fibre-rich food, which can help against constipation. If your dog has an upset stomach and diarrhoea, it may be a good idea to give it easily digestible food and a gentle diet and make sure that the dog gets enough fluids. The liquid is incredibly important, so mix if necessary. add some water to the food, or make sure that there is always enough liquid near the dog. If the dog is unaffected apart from a bad stomach, you can treat with a gentle diet for a few days. A gentle diet can help give the dog proteins that are good for the immune system. You must, however, seek a vet if you notice that your dog is getting tired, has blood in the faeces, has a fever or has a lack of appetite. Most episodes of diarrhea last between four and five days.

You must also be aware of this

In addition to the four things above that you need to pay attention to when your dog poops, you also need to keep an eye out for things like:

  • Whether the stool changes to a great extent.
  • If the dog has an upset stomach and diarrhea.
  • If more than 24 hours have passed since it last failed.
  • If the dog eats its own feces.
  • If it suddenly starts defecating inside.

In general, it is important to always keep an eye on your dog's stool and its behavior. Although it is not the most delicious subject in the world, the stool is a very important indicator of your dog's health. If you discover unusual things and go to the vet early, you can avoid diseases in the dog in most cases. So make it a habit to always check your dog's poop when you pick it up on your walk anyway.

If your dog has had diarrhea or the stool has changed color for more than three days, it is a good idea to have it checked by the vet so that it can be examined more closely. And if you are generally in doubt as to whether something is wrong with your dog, our advice is always to seek professional help from a vet.

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