Unless you’re a professional dog whisperer, our canine companions are unable to communicate with us when they have cramps, a belly ache or some digestive upset — so it’s up to us to stay alert for any potential health issue might be brewing. One of the best ways to do this is to pay attention to what you’re scooping up.
Here are the four Cs to your pup’s poo to find out what’s really going on inside their body.Colour
The colour to look for in your pup’s stool that indicates a happy, healthy pooch is chocolate brown. While some variation in colour is normal, other colours could signal serious problems. Green stool could mean a bile or gall bladder problem, usually seen in dogs who face difficulty in digesting fats; whereas bright red streaks and tarry black or maroon stools may indicate bleeding in the gastrointestinal track or bleeding in the stomach or small intestines. You should also watch out for grey-coloured stool, which is an indicator of a pancreas problem, or turquoise stool, which might hint at ingestion of rat poisoning.
Any significant deviation from the healthy hue of chocolate brown that carry on for more than one or two stools is cause for concern, and you should visit your regular veterinary right away.Contents
You don’t have to perform an anatomy of your pup’s stool to figure out if there are potential health issues. Yet, if you do spot rice-shaped flecks of white, long, spaghetti-like strands in your dog’s stool, it’s likely that your pet may have worms. Too much grass can lead to gastrointestinal upset; clumps of hair may signify overgrowing from allergies, stress or a number of other medical conditions. Most of the time, the contents of your pet’s stool will determine what they’ve been up to when you’re not at home, such as chewing on your shirt or munching on crayons.Consistency
If your dog’s stool is loose or liquid-like, it is most likely diarrhoea from eating something they shouldn’t have, such as oily leftovers or random trash from the sidewalk. Yet, diarrhoea can also be a sign that something worrying within your pup’s body is occurring. Whether it’s a food allergy or a serious infection, such as a parasite, bacterial infection or inflammatory bowel disease, if the diarrhoea doesn’t clear up on its own after a day or two, visit your regular veterinarian immediately.
Likewise, if your pup’s stool is tiny and rock-like, these are signs that your dog might be constipated. Excessive insoluble fibre, mainly found in vegetables, or not consuming enough liquid, can lead to constipation. Cellulose, which can be found in low-quality dry foods, can also cause the same complication.
While other factors, such as antihistamines and pain relievers, can cause constipation, the most serious of all would be having an intestinal obstruction, which occurs when your dog consumes a foreign object, such as a rock or a sock. This can be alarmingly life threatening if left untreated. So if you happen to find your dog having trouble pooping for more than day or two, it’s time to call your vet.Coating
A dog’s lower intestinal tract glands produce a clear, jelly-like mucus that lubricates the colon and aids in passing stool without difficulty. A healthy stool shouldn’t have any coating; it should not leave any residue on the ground when the stool is being cleared. An occasional coating is normal, yet owners must understand that a coating of mucous often accompanies disorders of the colon. While it is not often a cause for concern, if the mucus becomes a regular occurrence, visit your vet immediately as it could signify that your pup might face a food intolerance or a gastrointestinal issue.