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Chinese Shar-Pei puppy pooping

Wondering how healthy your dog is? The proof is in the poop. The below infographic shows how the shape, size, content, color, and consistency of a dog’s poop can give clues into any internal problems you and your vet may have missed or may need to investigate.

For instance, watery stools may indicate an intestinal problem, while small pellet-like poops can mean your dog is dehydrated. More serious issues that warrant a veterinary visit include mucus (possible inflamed colon), blood, white bits (may be tapeworm), or black, coffee-like stool (possible internal bleeding.)What Your Dogs Poop Says About His Health

Also, look at the color. Shades that may be problematic include orange/yellow (possibly caused by biliary or liver problem), green (possibly caused by a gall bladder issue or eating grass), or gray or greasy (possibly caused by a pancreas or biliary problem).

What Your Dog’s Poop Says About His Health

So what’s a perfect poop? It should be brown, solid but a bit squishy, in one log-like piece, and sized proportionate to the amount of food your dog ate.

That’s why although everyone poops, including your dog, taking a closer look at what comes out can give you insight into your dog’s health.

And remember, if you notice any changes in your dog’s elimination schedule and you haven’t changed his food recently, it may be worth contacting your veterinarian to rule out any potential problems.

Learn what to do if your dog is eating his poop (a habit that’s called coprophagia.) 

Have a non-urgent medical question? AKC Vetline is a live, 24/7 service staffed by licensed veterinary staff and pet professionals. Get unlimited access to answers about your pet’s health and wellness whenever and wherever you need it from a source you know you can trust.

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