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dog poopPoop may appear ordinary, but did you know that if you know what to look for, your dog’s poop may be a great indicator of his general health and even avoid certain health concerns down the road?

The 4 C’s That Help You Determine Healthy/ Unhealthy Dog Poop

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Worms

Worms can be long and slender, or they might resemble rice grains. You should be concerned only if these emerge in a fresh sample. Worms may find their way to the stool if it remains outside for a long time.

Fur

Keep track of how often you detect fur in your dog’s poop and talk to your veterinarian about it. Overgrooming, allergies, or skin conditions can all cause large clumps of hair in the poop.

Foreign Materials

Grass, plastic, gravel, linen, and even money can be found in your dog’s poop; after all, dogs can swallow a wide variety of items. Although what goes in frequently comes out, if you see unusual substances in your dog’s poop, you should contact your veterinarian to see if they want to perform a complete examination or an X-ray. Foreign items have become lodged in the digestive tracts of certain dogs, necessitating surgery to remove them. This is why, if you discover fragments of fabric or plastic in your dog’s stool, you should contact your veterinarian right away.

Coating Clues

There shouldn’t be any trail left behind if you pick up your pet’s stool from the grass. Large bowel inflammation is frequently accompanied by a mucus coating, which generally occurs at the same time as diarrhoea. If you observe mucus in your dog’s stool for more than one day, you should consult your veterinarian to determine the best approach.

Colour

  • Here’s a quick colour guide to differentiate between what healthy and unhealthy dog poop looks like,
  • Brown: The bowel motions of a healthy puppy should be chocolate brown in colour.
  • Green stool indicates that your dog is eating grass, which might be to relieve an upset stomach.
  • Black or maroon: This might be a symptom of stomach or small intestinal bleeding.
  • Red: This is another indicator of bleeding, which is most likely in the lower GI tract or colon.
  • Yellow stools might indicate issues with the liver, pancreas, or gallbladder.
  • If you observe little white specks in your dog’s poop, they probably have worms.

Consistency

Most veterinarians use a scale of one to five to assess stool consistency, with one indicating highly runny or liquid and five indicating hard and cylindrical in shape. On a scale of one to 10, the best consistency is a five. Do not be frightened if your dog’s stool seems to be a bit lose. Simply keep an eye on your dog’s excrement to see whether it becomes softer and softer overtime, and keep samples frozen in case you need to take them to the veterinarian.

Dog's PoopAlthough we don’t love talking about dogs’ poop, it may be a useful predictor of your dog’s general health. Early detection of warning indicators can help you keep your dog healthy.

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