How to Tell if Your Dog's Poop is Healthy
It’s no secret that poop is something most of us want to avoid, but there are few things in the world that are more fascinating than a dog’s bowel movements.
For starters, it’s a great way to determine how your pup is feeling. If you see anything unusual, be sure to bring your pup to the vet. But let’s start with what a healthy poop should look like. Here are the three qualities you should be able to recognize:
Color: Healthy stool isn’t always brown. It can be dark red or even green! The color of your dog’s stool depends on the type of food they eat. If a brand of dog food is lacking in nutrients or has an abundance of preservatives and dyes, your pup will likely have green stool. It also might mean you need to change brands!
Color consistency: Healthy dog poop should be firm and not too soft or too hard. If your pup’s stool is too hard, it could indicate a potential blockage or constipation issue. On the other hand, stool that is too soft could signify an issue with your dog’s diet
Size: A good rule of thumb: your dog's stool size should be proportional to the amount of food consumed. Be mindful that increased fiber content can result in larger poops.
Content: The presence of mucus or grass is a good indicator that your dog’s stomach isn’t feeling well. Additionally, if your dog’s stool includes white rice-like bits - it could be a sign of intestinal worms.
While not every dog owner is privy to the nuances of canine fecal matters, almost all dog owners should be familiar with the standard poop guidelines. After all, poop is a significant part of day-to-day life with your pup.
We’ll Take Care of Your Pet at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital
Your dog’s stool can reveal a lot about his health, but you have to know what to look for. That’s why it’s so important to bring your dog over to the experts at Town & Country Veterinary Hospital. We have state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained doctors ready and waiting to give your pooch the attention they deserve.
If you are worried about your dog’s stool, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment today to ease your worries and get your pup back to feeling their best.