Having dogs means cleaning up dog poop. Out of all of the things we must do around the house, and in the yard, picking up dog poop is the least favorite of all our chores. We’ve talked about dog poop before and how important it is to keep your yard clean—today we’ll talk about looking at your dogs’ poop. Yes, examining your dogs poop can tell you a lot about your dog. From the color of his poop to the consistency of what he leaves behind, we hope you learn something. After that, we hope you call Arrowhead Scoopers to clean up your yard.
Six more things to look for include:
You want dog poop that looks like this, this is a good thing. If your dogs’ poop is chocolate in color and the consistency of your daughters’ modeling dough, it means all is well in your dogs’ digestive tract. The poop will smell, as does all poop, but that odor should be mild.
The amount of poop your dog leaves behind is an indication of how much filler is in his dog food. The more filler your dogs’ food contains, the bigger his poop will be. It will also have a much stronger smell. Low quality dog foods often leave out meat as the first ingredient adding in corn, wheat, or even potatoes, instead. Talk to your veterinarian about switching your dogs’ food if you believe there might be a problem. A sudden switch in dog food could lead to unnecessary digestive issues.
When your dog gets diarrhea the most likely culprit is something your dog ate. It might have been something greasy you fed him from the table, or he might have eaten something he found in the yard. Either way, it means his digestive tract is having difficulty digesting whatever he ingested. Once that item has passed through, your dog should feel much better and his poop should return to normal.
Diarrhea is also an indication that something else is wrong, such as a food allergy. It’s best to call your veterinarian to help determine the cause of your dogs’ diarrhea as it could also be a sign of an infection or other illness. Give it a few days to clear up on its’ own and if it doesn’t, don’t hesitate to call for an appointment.
If you notice your dogs poop resembles small rocks or pebbles, it’s a good indication that your dog is constipated. He’s eating too many vegetables and taking in too much fiber or he’s not drinking enough water to balance out his digestive tract.
Constipation also occurs when a dog has a bowel obstruction. He may have eaten something foreign, like a sock. A bowel obstruction is serious business and it could lead to the death of your dog if not removed. If you notice your dog hasn’t gone poop in several days, call your veterinarian.
If your dog has long hair, he might also have issues with his poop. This is because dogs with long hair also have a tendency to have skin that itches. When they ingest this fur, it causes a clog in their digestive tract.
Your dogs’ colon contains jelly- like- slime that helps lubricate the colon. This slime helps your dog poop by allowing the poop to slide out a little easier. A little of this mucus on your dogs poop is normal. It’s gross, but it’s normal. If you see excess mucus on your dogs’ poop, it’s best to call your veterinarian. Excess mucus is an indication that your dog might have a food intolerance or allergy or that your dog has a gastrointestinal issue that needs to be resolved.
If you happen to notice that your dogs’ poop is another color, it’s a sign that something might be wrong with your dog.
Green poop is an indication that there might be something wrong with your dogs’ gallbladder. The gallbladder helps digest fats and green poop means that your dog is having an issue digesting the fat in his diet. You might need to switch your dogs’ food to something lower in fat, but discuss it with your veterinarian before making any changes to his diet.
Black poop that resembles tar could mean that your dog is bleeding somewhere in his upper GI tract. Yellow or orange poop or poop that looks like clay might mean something is wrong with your dogs’ liver, gray poop means something is wrong with the pancreas. Blue or green poop is an indication that your dog might have eaten rat poison. If you see any other color other than chocolate brown, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian right away. It might just save your dogs’ life.
Yes, poop is gross, but it is a necessary part of your dogs’ life. Be a responsible pet owner and clean up after your dog. If you don’t want to, or you don’t have time, be sure to call your local pet waste removal service. Arrowhead Scoopers is waiting for your call. They will be more than happy to accept you as a client. Give them a call today, their information is listed below.
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