Poo's Clues

Did you know your dog's poo can give us clues to their health?! We call them "Poo's Clues" (see what we did there?) Get to know your dog's poop and look out for signs that they may be due for a vet visit ASAP! Save/share/print the infographic below to keep those clues close and ready when you need them!

Have more questions about your dog's poo? We have answered some commonly asked questions below.

1. What if I am finding grass in my dog's poop?

Grass in your dog’s poop may simply mean that they enjoy the taste of grass, but are eating a bit too much. However, it can also be a sign of gastric upset and nausea, and eating grass is a way to soothe it.

What causes dog constipation?

2. There are many causes to constipation, including:

  • Too much or too little dietary fiber
  • Not enough exercise
  • Blocked or infected anal glands
  • Excessive self-grooming (look out for dog hair in the stools).
  • Foreign bodies such as gravel, bones, plants or plastic caught in the intestinal tract
  • A side effect of medication
  • Dehydration (which can be a possible symptom of more serious diseases)

3. What causes dog diarrhea?

  • A stressful event like adopting a new dog, the arrival of a new family member, moving home etc.
  • Quickly switching to a new dog food or eating human food they are not used to
  • Accidentally eating something toxic to their systems, such as certain foods or household items
  • New medication
  • Drinking water from a puddle or stagnant pond with foreign bacterias

*this is not a comprehensive list, make sure to call your vet if diarrhea persists

4. What is my dog’s poop has mucus?

  • Mucus in dog poop could indicate an inflamed colon or a mild infection in the gut. The mucus may also occur due to parvovirus or parasite infestation. If it persists for more than 48 hrs, make sure to call your vet.

5. When should I call my vet?

  • If symptoms of “unideal poops”, including colors, consistency, or atypical content persist for more than 48 hrs, call your veterinarian to bring them in for a full diagnostic. Remember: it is always helpful to bring a sample! 

6. What if there is a string, hair, or worm exiting the rectum?

  • Whatever you do, DO NOT PULL! As tempting as it may be, do not pull, but simply clip the item as close to the rectum as you can safely. If the item does not pass naturally, call your vet immediately for further instructions.

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