An important aspect of keeping pets is making sure their health is optimal at all times. However, since none of us are Dr. Doolittle— the beloved character played by Eddie Murphy who could talk to animals— we are unable to communicate with our pets. Instead, we have to do unpleasant things like keeping a check on certain aspects of their fecal health amongst other things.
A healthy pup will have healthy poop and changes in various aspects of the poop can be an indication that your dog is not doing well. It could be due to a change in the environment, stress or even just a change in diet.
So what are you looking for?
Ultimately, you should keep in mind the frequency, color and consistency in mind when checking for dog poop. Your dog should poop at least once a day. The color of the poop can vary according to the diet. The consistency should always be firm.
The Four C’s of Dog Poop
Color: Ideally it should look like a nice chocolate brown but it can also vary according to changes in diet, hydration and amount of dyes in food consumed. You should call professional help if the color of stool persists for more than two dumps. Watch out for any of these colors to keep an eye on their health.
Consistency: Ideally, dogs should poop once or twice a day. More than that could indicate an upset stomach. It should not be too soft or too hard either and when you hold it in your hand, you should be able to hold it without disintegrating.
Content: Some things you should not find in dog poop include worms, foreign particles, hair of any kind. Roundworms in dog poop appear like rice shaped bits.
Coating: There should be no coating on dog poop. If it happens to be covered with a micro film of mucous it can mean that your dog has bowel inflammation and is also indicative of diarrhea. Sometimes there might be a red streak which can mean your dog had difficulty pooping but more than one red streak means a visit to the vet at your earliest convenience.
You should watch out for five signs to ascertain your dog’s health. The color, odor, sound of your dog’s stomach, texture and size of the poop should be consistent and tell you a lot about the dog’s health.
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