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What is your dogs poop telling you?

Last week we spoke about dog food, and what you feed your dog has a direct impact on the waste that the animal produces. Today we are going to discuss the topic of dog poop. Regularly monitoring your dog’s poop is a vital part of good animal husbandry. Good quality poop means that everything is going ok in your dog’s gastrointestinal tract and we all know that diarrhoea generally means there has been something that has upset the balance, it may just be the result of a sudden change of diet, or it could be a symptom of illness.

However, did you know there is actually a scale of poop scoring? Now, I’m going to spare you the graphic images of dog poop, but if you would like to google “Bristol Stool Scale” you will get plenty of image results to compare to. I found this handy alternative scale to show you today.

Alternative Bristol stool form chart from rewarm.co.uk

When your dog is fed a high-quality diet that agrees with your dog you should be seeing poop that scores about a 3 (sausage) and 4 (Picnic chocolate bar). What I did not mention last week is just because a food scores highly and has all the right ingredients, that doesn’t guarantee your dog will do well on it – some dogs, like Luigi, have allergies to specific proteins (in Luigi’s case seafood and poultry) or specific grains (corn is a common allergen) that may be in the food. If this is the case your dog’s poop will NOT score in the optimum range.

The other factor to consider when monitoring your dog’s poop is the colour - Dog poop should always be chocolate brown – any other colour indicates that you need to monitor and call your vet for further advice.  However, if you have recently fed bones that your dog has been able to consume there is no need to panic if the poop is white/grey and more of a type 1 (Maltesers chocolates) that is simply the undigested bone matter passing through. However, should this occur and there has NOT been a recent consumption of bone refer to your vet.

Dogs on a high-quality diet not only have a regular consistency to their poop shape and colour, they also generally smell less offensive and are smaller in size. This is because the dog is able to absorb and more of the nutrients in the food leaving less to expel.

 http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/doggie-diarrhea/

Finally keeping an eye on any contents of the poop is also important. Especially if you see white “grains of rice” in the poop – that is likely a worm infestation.

I hope you have found today’s discussion on dog poop educational – but next time I am not going to google for images to include while I am trying to have my lunch, suddenly I have no appetite!

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