For many new pawrents, how to deal with their pets' poo may be a headache to them. However, knowing how to tell if your dog is in good condition by their poo is important and necessary to new pawrents. Do you know how often dogs should poo? Is it normal if their poo is very soft and smelly? Why should we pick up their poop when walking them? Won't their poo break down themselves? Let's learn more about dogs poo.
1. Pooping times per day
A dog should poop in a day depending on many factors, including their size, age, consumed food, physical activity, etc. But mostly, a dog poops 1-5 times per day. And generally, if dogs eat frequent small meals, they may poop more times per day, like 4-5 times. Moreover, metabolism slows with age, both for people and dogs, so as digestion. So puppies poop more often than older dogs.
2. Poo's color and consistency
Healthy poo's color should be chocolate-brown because your dog's digestive system controls bile to break down the food. There is nothing to panic about if there are some slight color changes, as a different diet or hydration may cause it. If the poo is gray or yellow, it could mean something's wrong with your pup's gallbladder, pancreas, or liver. Red streaks on the poo could indicate that your dog is bleeding in its digestive tract. If this happens a lot, take your dog together with the poo sample to the vet right away!
Also, healthy poo should not have any coating, and you can easily pick it up off the grass or the ground. If the poo is covering with a mucous layer, it may indicate large bowel inflammation or diarrhea, or your pup has worms.
Consistency is how hard or soft the poos are, and its scale ranges from 1 to 7, 1 being small hard pellets and 7 being a loose runny unformed poo. Healthy poo's consistency should be 2, and it's firm, shaped like a caterpillar. If your dog shows pain when pooping and the poop is hard, your dog may be dehydrated and therefore constipated. Try and encourage your fur baby to drink more water, and keep them hydrated.
On the contrary, if the poo is watery, It may relate to food and water. If you are changing your dog's food simultaneously, please slow it down and let your dog get used to it. Feed your dog the new food from a small portion and gradually increase it. Let your dog keep a good diet habit which is important for your pup's health. And also, don't let your dog drink water that is not suitable for drinking. Change the water in the dish regularly and use a filtering water fountain.
If you pay attention to your dog's health, please keep an eye on their pooping situation and check if it's normal. If you think your dog's poo is not normal, but everything, including food and water, is alright, please take your dog to the vet, and they'll help you.
Tips: Don't forget to pick up your dog's poo when walking them as the poo may cause disease between humans and animals and pollute the environment.