Dog stool is a possible indication of how dogs are feeling. We come into contact with dog stool on a daily basis when we pick it up so a quick inspection is always a good idea. Is there blood, gel, carpet, rocks or anything else foreign in their stool?
What your dog’s poop color tells you about their health
Gray Greasy Stool can be a sign of too much fat in your dog's diet, which can trigger pancreatitis.
Black, Tarry Stool typically indicates the presence of blood somewhere in the dog's stomach or intestines
Yellow Stoolcan indicate problems with the gallbladder or pancreas
Green Stoolcan indicate that your dogs are eating greens or possibly grass and could have an upset stomach
Milk Chocolate Color Stool indicates a healthy stool
White Spots in the Stool may indicate worms
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Blood and Mucous in Dog Stool- High Alert?
Causes of blood in the stool may include parvovirus, gastroenteritis, and intestinal parasites. blood that is bright red is derived from the colon or rectum. If you see dark tarry stool, then the cause is likely originating in the upper small intestine. Call a vet immediately if you see blood along with symptoms of vomiting, chronic diarrhea, dehydration, and/or lethargy.
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Stool with the presence of Mucous (gel) in small amounts is normal as it is glands in the intestinal tract producing mucous to keep mucous in dog stool can come from stress, diet changes, parvovirus, Crohn’s disease, Colitis, IBS, food intolerances and even tumors in the intestines. Mucous (Gel) accompanied by blood, diarrhea or vomiting is a case for concern and warrants a trip to the veterinarian.
Size & Consistency of Stool
Large Voluminous Stool can indicate a kibble diet high in carbs and fiber, too much food or possibly lack of proper digestion
Small Firm Compact Stool is typically found in raw diets as the bones make the stool firmer plus there is no filler like kibble
Soft Stool With No Visible Blood or Mucous (gel) might indicate either a dietary change, digestive issue or it can signal the presence of an intestinal parasite such as giardia.
The best stool is medium-firm, milk chocolate color with some moisture in it which makes it easier to pass.
IMPORTANT - If your dog does not have firm enough stools they might not be expressing their anal glands as nature intended which could cause an anal gland rupture. If your dogs stool is not firm or they are scooting (dragging their rear end) have your Vet check their anal glands which may have to be manually expressed monthly.
IMPORTANT-Yearly fecal exams at the Veterinarian are recommended as not everything is visible to the human eye
The greatest trick in the world!
Does it seem to take forever for your dog to make #2?
It could be freezing outside, you are in a rush to get to work or, you have a date and you need your dog to hurry up and finish they’re business but don’t they always seem to procrastinate like young kids who do not want go to school?
Here is the #1 way to train your dog to go #2!
The first thing you want to do is figure out what time your dog typically goes potty. It should be a similar time every day especially if they eat at a consistent time.
When it’s time to go outside and do their business you might notice them starting to move back and forward, or running circles or some type of cute little dance (This is the indication they are getting ready to defecate).
Once you notice that they are starting a movement or if they are the type that just walks and starts squatting start chanting something like, Hurry Up, Hurry, Hurry Up, Hurry Up or maybe, Your So Smart, Your So Smart, Your So Smart continuously in the same tone until they finish their business. After they finish immediately praise them with happy high-pitched cheers and applaud them. Repeat this every day. Fast learning dogs will pick this up in a few days and the rest could take a week or so. Strangers and friends alike when they observe you chanting will either think your nuts or look at you as the world’s greatest trainer. It’s a great conversation starter.
Interesting Butt Sniffing Fact
Have you noticed that your dog likes to smell other dogs rear ends? There is a reason for this. A dog’s butt is a passport and full of information like a dog’s sex (for mating) and what they had for dinner. This definitely takes dating to a whole new level.
Coprophagia (Eating Poop)
Coprophagia is a term which refers to consumption of feces. Yes, you read right, eating one's own poop. In puppies, coprophagia can be of behavioral or medical origins. Some believe that it may start as boredom.
For adult dogs, a decrease in the absorption of nutrients or a craving for fat makes the stool more appealing. There is even speculation that with the low quality and poor taste of some pet foods that dogs seek out stool which has fat. Coprophagia also occurs when a dog does not digest all of the useful nutrition, and eating stool of other animals provides another chance for the dog to extract valuable nutrients.
So what can you do to prevent your puppy or adult dog from eating poop?
First, make sure there is no underlying medical issue. Limit access to it and pick it up quickly, especially with puppies before it becomes habit-forming. And in case you are wondering if using a deterrent like “Forbid” which is placed directly into their food to make the stool taste bad works? No, it does not work in 95% of the cases and rubbing their face in it is just plain foolish and will probably scare them so they become more sneaky when eating poop.
Does Your Dog fart?
While dog fart odors are noxious and funny they may also be indicative of an underlying health condition that needs to be treated. In most cases, though gas is harmless especially if you have a French Bulldog or any Bulldog (these breeds flatulate a lot because of their anatomy). Most gas in dogs comes simply swallowing too much air but other times it can be caused by bacterial overgrowth or gastrointestinal disease which may have accompanying signs like diarrhea or vomiting. In some situations, a simple change of diet, probiotics or digestive enzyme can fix the problem. There is only one advantage to having a gaseous dog. Dad can fart and blame the dog
Watch for Non-food items in stool
If you notice your dog eating non-food items they could have a condition called Pica. Pica can be a sign of malnutrition or a behavioral issue. Some dogs may only eat one type of item, while others will eat many different ones.
Pica is very dangerous to a dog’s health because they can swallow poisonous materials and many items can cause dangerous intestinal tract blockages which require very expensive and tricky surgeries. Dog x-rays have indicated the followed swallowed items and obstructions; golf balls, rocks, batteries, stuffed animals, pencils, gun ammo, dirt and just about anything you can imagine.
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