Time to discuss everyones favorite topic: dog poop! I know what you’re thinking, “Maybe I’m gonna skip this one and not read about dog poo right now”, But this is important stuff for you to know! Besides, I think it’s safe to say that with all of us being dog owners, we’ve handled our fair share of their bowel movements. So, what do you need to know?
It’s a good idea to keep an eye on your dog’s feces because it can give you insight about their health. Your dog’s feces should be pretty close to the same thing every time (not exact but close). When something is different, take note of it. The most common occurrence is diarrhea. If your dog has diarrhea once or twice, there isn’t much to worry about. The loose stool could be a result of many different factors like change in diet, bad food, allergies or stress. The diarrhea should clear up in about 24 hours. If it continues and does not improve, then a trip to the vet may be necessary. It’s also important to consider other clues. If your dog is having diarrhea but continues to act normal and is eating and drinking; it’s probably something they shouldn’t have had to eat. If your pet starts to act “off” and won’t eat or drink, talk to your veterinarian. Watery, bloody diarrhea could possibly be a sign of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis which is a life-threatening condition and should be treated immediately. For the most part, just like humans, some occasional bouts of are normal for your pet.
Seeing blood in your pet’s poop can be a scary (and unpleasant) sight but it doesn’t need immediate concern. If there is some blood in an otherwise normal bowel movement it could be from eating bad food, inflammation, or infection. Just the other day one of our dog’s had a bloody stool! It turned out to be nothing but of course we took a picture and let the owners know. Similarly to diarrhea, pay attention to your dog’s other poops and if the pattern continues it’s time to consult a vet.
Mucus is something we see a lot of in dog stool and it is of no concern. As long as the stool is normal the mucus surrounding it is just there to help keep your dog from getting constipated. If your dog’s poops are hard, like little rocks, that may be an indication of constipation issues. If it seems like your dog is struggling to go, consider stool softeners or a different diet. Green poops may manifest themselves due to food dyes, grass or low-quality diets; consider more a diet with more natural ingredients if that is the issue.
Did you know, dog’s that eat a kibble based diet have stinkier poops? Consider switching to a more natural diet if you can’t take the smell any more!
Your walker at Canine Companion LA has plenty of experience with dog feces and we always keep an eye on your dog’s bathroom habits. We will be sure to let you know if we see anything strange with your dog. Feel free to ask us any questions about how your dog is going; don’t worry, we are not shy to discuss your dog’s #2 (as you can tell from our bathroom reports).