The perfect poop
With that in mind, it’s important to get to know your pup right away and understand what is normal for them.
When picking up after your pooch, dog poop bag in hand, many of us don’t like to think too much about what’s inside the plastic bag we’re holding. Healthy dog poop should be compact, moist and hold its shape when picked up. Similarly, if the poop feels too hard or dry, your pooch may be suffering from dehydration or constipation. During the transition to a new food it is normal to see some stool variation, so don’t panic.
If things haven’t settled down after 2 weeks then review.
It goes without saying that the size of your pooch’s poop depends on the size of the dog itself. The key thing to look out for when it comes to poop size is any noticeable changes.
The number of times your dog poops each day should be consistent – whether that’s once or four times per day. If they go from being a regular once-a-day-er to needing to go four or five times, they could be having some digestion problems and need to see the vet.
Typically, your pup’s poop should be shaped like a log and maintain its shape when picked up or moved. If your pooch is a little older or suffers with joint issues, they may not be able to stay in the right position for long enough to produce a perfect poop.
The main tell-tale sign that something is wrong when it comes to dog poop is its colour. Take a look at our infographic below for a healthy dog poop colour chart, so you know exactly what to look out for. Your dog food of choice may contain some food colourings too. If so we’d advise to change foods as this is unnecessary nonsense in pet food.
To check if it does, look at the ingredients list as this may affect the colour of your pooch’s poop. Red – Red streaks generally mean there is blood in your dog’s poop, which could be due to a cut near your pup’s anus so its worth having a quick look. Grey / greasy – May mean a pancreas or biliary issue, so get your pooch checked out by your vet. White spots – White, rice-like grains in your pup’s poop could be a sign of tapeworms, which will require treatment.
How to improve your dog’s poops
The main thing to bear in mind when it comes to your dog’s poop is that it’s directly influenced by their diet. So start off by looking for a dog food that is designed to promote good digestion. If you do decide to transition onto a new food, make sure to do very gradually. You can do this by gradually increasing the portion of your new food to their old food.
During this transition, it’s normal to see some changes in stools or flatulence. However, these should subside as they settle on their new, tasty food!.