FRI, 26 MAY 2017 BY LINDA ROSADO
Just like with humans, you can learn a lot about what’s going on inside your pup’s body by taking a closer look at the droppings you’ve picked up with your dog waste bag. In fact, that’s why your vet asks for a sample of your pet’s poop almost every time you come in for a visit. From warning when it’s time for a visit to said vet, to letting you know if there’s something in your dog’s diet that isn’t agreeing with him, observing your pup’s poop is just one of the ways you can be a better, more responsible dog owner.
And this incredibly important job doesn’t have to be a messy one! Using DOGIPOT® SMART Litter Pick Up BagsTM, you can pick up, examine or transport your dog’s number two while keeping your hands clean.
When it comes to inspecting your dog’s poop, just remember the four Cs: Color, Consistency, Coating and Contents.
Healthy dog poo should be a chocolate brown color. While some variation on stool color is completely normal, certain colorations can indicate a p
roblem. Red streaks in stool can be a sign of GI tract bleeding, tarry black or maroon droppings can be caused by bleeding in the stomach or small intestines, and clay or pale yellow colored feces may mean a problem in the liver, gallbladder or pancreas. Always be on the lookout for these warning signs to help your dog stay healthy and happy. If you notice any significant changes in your dog’s poop color for more than one or
two stools in a row, it might be time to call for a vet appointment.
Although some pups have naturally softer stool than others, your dog’s poo should stillbe able to hold its form. When it comes to consistency, you want your dog’s stool to be a firm, caterpillar-shaped piece that, when pressed, feels somewhat like Play-Doh. Signs for concern include extremely soft or liquid stool, especially when it lasts for more than one day.
When cleaning up after your pup, you should be able to pick up the droppings without leaving any residue on the grass or ground at the dog park or other dog-friendly area. If your dog’s poop has a mucous-like coating, this may mean there’s a problem with his colon. Sometimes, your dog’s stool may also have a streak or two of blood and, although this looks quite alarming, it should only raise a red flag if it the bleeding persists for more than one stool.
Let’s face it, at one point or another, your pup is going to eat something he shouldn’t. This is why it’s so important to keep an eye on the contents of your dog’s stool. While this doesn’t mean you should dig through every single dropping, you should always be on the lookout for non-food objects in poop, in case any remnants are lodged in your pup’s digestive tract. You may also find other contents in your dog’s stool, like noodle-like strands or white, rice-shaped flecks, which may be a sign of worms.
If you notice any concerning signs in your dog’s poop, always call your vet to get a second opinion or get your pup checked out.