Want to know if your cat or dog’s digestive health is really healthy? Well, it’s quite simple – just check his poop!

Pooping is done by humans and animals alike to eliminate waste and toxins in the body. Pets should poop at least once a day. Some furbabies can go twice or more depending on the type of food and the quantity fed to them. For example, if you gave your furbaby food with high fiber, expect that he’ll poop faster than when he eats regular food. But if you’re cat or dog is pooping excessively or is experiencing something unusual, take it as a warning sign and evaluate his diet!

Lucky for pet parents, there are ways to evaluate your dog’s digestive health. Here are 5 things that every pet parents should consider when observing and evaluating their furbaby’s poop:

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  1. Consistency or Texture

Each time your furbaby poops, it’s different. The consistency or texture will also tell you much about your furbaby’s health.

Firm. This is the most ideal consistency. It should be firm enough for the stool not to crumble when you pick it up or seem excessively dry and hard.

Soft/Liquid. This may be a sign of intestinal parasites.

Sticky. Stool that appears sticky in consistency may mean that your furbaby is suffering from gastrointestinal ulcer or a stomach ulcer.

No matter what the consistency or texture is, never forget to pick up that poop and dispose of it properly. There are convenient poop bags readily available and can be attached to your cat or dog’s leash or bag.

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  1. Color

The color is a major tell-all sign about what’s going on with your furbaby’s health. This is probably the easiest part of the evaluation process. All you have to do is take a look and determine the color.

Medium brown: Dark dog poop that is medium brown and firm are signs that you should give yourself a round of applause. This means that your dog is healthy and this is what you should aim for all the time.

Black. Stool that’s black could be a sign of a serious underlying health problem such as bleeding in the GI tract from indiscriminate eating, so watch what he eats and chews on. More serious cases may indicate a tumor.

White spots. Furbabies that are out and about are more prone to stool with white spots that resemble rice grains. Don’t be fooled! Those white dots may be worms.

Red. This color is never a good sign. It could be a sign of any of the following: bleeding in the Gi tract, inflammation of the color, rectal injury, anal gland infection or a tumor. If your dog is pooping blood,we recommend that you take him to the veterinarian immediately.

Pink/Purple. It may seem unusual for your dog to have pink or purple poop, but it happens and indicates hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE) in your furbaby.

Green. Could mean that your furbaby has eaten a lot of grass, but if he hasn’t then it may be a sign that there is a parasite, rat bait poisoning or other internal issues. pancreatitis

Orange. The mildest reason for orange stool would be that your furbaby’s food moved too quickly through the GI tract and did not pick up the bile. Other reasons include liver or biliary disease.

Greasy or Gray. Greasy or gray dog poop could indicate pancreatitis or maldigestion, also known as Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency (EPI). Although this maldigestion is treatable, it may mean that the pancreas of your furbaby does not produce the necessary enzymes to digest fat.

Yellow. Vibrant as it may be, yellow usually indicates that there is mucus in your furbaby’s poop.Mustard yellow dog poop signals an upset stomach due to food intolerance. So, if you changed his diet, it’s best to try and figure out the ingredient that your furbaby has difficulty digesting.  

 

  1. Shape

Oblong. The best looking poop are ones that are oblong. These are long and shaped like a log.

However, there will be times you’ll notice irregular dog poop such as round or a mush-like mess.

Round and/or pebbly: Small, round and pebbly looking poop may seem cute and kinda funny, but this could also mean that your furbaby is dehydrated. Ensure that your furbaby always has access to clean and safe water that he could drink from whenever. If you’re planning to go on long trips or on a walk, carry a portable water bag or dispenser. 

Shapeless. If your furbaby’s poop looks like shattered mess, it’s probably because he’s suffering from an intestinal issue.

 

  1. Size

The size is a little bit easier to determine. So, how much should a dog poop? Just follow this rule: the ratio between the food you feed and poop should be equal or proportional to one another. Stool released in large and or frequent amounts could be a sign of a bowel disorder.

 

  1. Odor

Backtrack and try to remember what you fed your dog. If the smell is extremely foul, sour and/or unjustly, taking a sample to the veterinarian may be necessary.

 

Recommendation

Tiki Cat and Dog Food

Tiki Cat and Dog Food are designed to meet the nutritional needs of your furbaby. 

Knowing how much a dog should poop and the color of his poop can help determine if your cat or dog’s digestive health is good or bad. However, a bad gut is unavoidable, especially if your furbaby’s food is filled with synthetic ingredients, fillers and artificial flavors. Always choose pet food that contain high-quality ingredients that are organic and all-natural to encourage better digestion, and of course, healthier poop!

 

Sources:

https://www.rover.com/

https://www.petcha.com/

https://healthypets.mercola.com/

https://www.caninejournal.com/