What Your Dogs Poop Indicates to You
Just as stool samples indicate to the doctor something about your overall state of health, so too does changes in your dog’s poop indicate that something may be wrong with them as well. However, most people may not realize just how much the poop from a dog indicates about their health. Changes in the color, texture, and odor may indicate that something might be affecting the health of your dog.
Generally speaking, the poop from dogs should be the standard brown color with no substantial variations. It is true that any food coloring in the dog food may cause some variations, but basically it should be a consistent color day after day. Unwanted variations include the following;
- Dark Brown, Black, or Tarry: This may indicate blood in the intestines or small bowel region.
- Light Tan or Yellow: This may be a sign of liver issues or potentially an allergy to food.
- Gray & Greasy: Your dog could be suffering from issues related to their pancreas.
- Bright Red: In minor cases, a wound that is very near the rectum. However, it might indicate issues further back in their intestinal track if it is persistent.
If you feed your dog raw meat and bone material, then their poop might appear solid white after it dries out. However, if it is polka-dotted with white marks, they may have worms.
Generally speaking, the texture of dog poop should be solid enough to pick up while remaining somewhat squishy like clay until it dries out. It should be fairly even and consistent as well. If the poop is very dry after leaving your dog, it may indicate a lack of water in their diet. This is especially true if you notice your dog having difficulty when drying to have a bowel movement.
If you see mucus on the poop, that may mean an inflammation of the bowels. You should take your dog to the vet if that is the case. Stools that are very loose or wet mean diarrhea which could have a minor cause such as a change in the dog food which is overcome fairly quickly. Or, it might carry more serious ramifications including cancer being present.
If you notice that your dog has diarrhea for more than a couple of days, especially if your pooch is seemingly tired, loses their appetite, or there is blood present in the stool schedule an appointment with your vet.
While no poop ever smells good, if your dog’s poop goes above and beyond the gross factor in terms of the odor there might be some imbalance issue with their intestinal track. A very strong or even rancid smell may indicate that undigested food is making its way out of their system. This usually means that there are not enough good bacteria in their digestive system to fully convert the food particles. You might talk to your vet about a probiotic.
If you notice any changes in the poop coming from your dog that lasts more than a couple of days, you will want to talk to your vet.