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Is my dog's stool normal and healthy?

Your dog’s stool can tell you a lot about his health and the condition of his digestive system. When picking up your dog’s poo it is a good idea to check the colour, smell, and consistency. What does the perfect dog poo look like and when should you take action? Read on!

Written by
Valerie de Clerck
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American Cocker Spaniël with owner holding dog shit in a bag
Perfect healthy dog poop poo stool

The perfect dog poo

Perfect dog poop or stool is compact, dark brown in colour, does not stick to his hair and breaks off when it hits the ground. On average, your dog should poo twice a day.
Huge dog poop poo stool

The huge dog poo

A lot of stool, a huge poo or frequent pooing may be an indication that your dog is getting too much food or that he isn’t digesting his food properly.
Soft dog poop poo stool

The soft dog poo

Thin dog poop or soft stool is a sign of diarrhoea. It may be caused by stress, overfeeding, inferior quality food, too many treats or a drastic change in food.
Watery dog poop poo stool or diarrhoea

The watery dog poo

Watery dog stool or poop is a sign of severe diarrhoea. Watery diarrhoea in dogs and pups can be caused by a bacterial or viral infection, parasites, or worms. Always take your dog to the vet in the case of watery diarrhoea!
Hard and dry dog poop poo stool

The hard dog poo

Hard or pebble dog poop or stool tends to be a sign of dehydration or delayed bowel movement.
If the problem persists, your dog can become constipated or obstipated. Pooing becomes laborious and painful for your dog.
Make sure to give your dog plenty of exercise, water, and top-quality food. If the problem persists, call into your vet.
Slimy dog poop poo stool

The slimy dog poo

Slimy dog poop or stool tends to be a sign of colon inflammation or irritation. Take your dog to the vet.
White or colourless dog poop poo stool

The white or colourless dog poo

Whitish or clayey poop or stool is common in dogs who overindulged in chew bones. It can also be caused by certain fats in his food your dog is unable to digest.
dog poop poo stool with fresh red blood

The dog poo with fresh blood

Dog poo with an anomalous colour is abnormal and always requires a visit to the vet.
Fresh blood in the stool can be caused by bleeding in the colon or around the anus.
Black dog poop poo stool

The black dog poo

Dog poo with an anomalous colour is abnormal and always requires a visit to the vet.
Black dog poo should set the alarm bells ringing as it may be caused by severe internal bleeding.
Yellow dog poop poo stool

The yellow or orange dog poo

Dog poo with an anomalous colour is abnormal and always requires a visit to the vet.
Orange or yellow stool can be a sign of a liver or gallbladder problem.
Dog poop poo stool with white spots or worms

The dog poo with white dots

Dog poo with an anomalous colour is abnormal and always requires a visit to the vet.
Dog poo with white dots can be a sign of worms.