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What dog poo can tell you about their health

  • 12, Oct 2020
  • Read time: 4 mins

The colour, shape and consistency of your dog’s poo can tell you a lot about their health. We’ve shared everything you need to know about dog poo, from what they should look like to dog pooping behaviour.

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What should dog poo look like?

Knowing what your dog's poo should look like day to day will help you spot when something isn’t right.

While every dog is different and their poo may vary, here’s a general guide to what your dog’s poo should look like:

  • Colour – their poo should be a chocolate brown colour
  • Shape – it should look like a log
  • Consistency – the poo should keep its log shape, making it easy for you to pick up
  • Size – this will depend on how much your dog eats

If your dog’s poo changes or you’re concerned at all, a vet will be able to help.

What if the colour isn’t brown?

Colour changes in your dog’s poo can be a sign of a health problem and you should take your dog to a vet as soon as possible.

Our vets have shared what different colour poo could mean for your dog:

  • Grey or greasy may show an issue with the pancreas or the bile (from the gall bladder)
  • Orange or yellow may show issues with the liver or gall bladder
  • Black and tarry can mean bleed in the stomach or small intestine
  • Fresh red streaks of blood can mean a bleed in the large intestine
  • Green can be from ingestion of grass or can mean a bile acid/gall bladder issue
  • White flecks in the faeces may be tapeworms

What do I do if my dog is scooting?

Dog’s scooting their bum after going to the toilet can be normal, especially if they have looser stools.

Keep a close eye on any changes in their behaviour after they have had a poo in case your dog seems uncomfortable. If they do it more often than usual, your dog may need a trip to the vet as it may be an anal gland issue.

What if I spot mucus?

Mucus in the poo often indicates a large intestinal issue. Intestinal parasites or even inflammatory bowel disease can cause this. If your dog is acting normally, try feeding them a more bland diet for a couple of days to help stop the mucus in the poo.

To prevent this from happening, our vets recommend that you keep your pet up to date with worming treatment.

Seeking advice from your vet is the best thing to do if the issue persists, gets worst or if your dog is unwell.

What should I do if I’m worried about my dog’s poo?

Contacting your vet to book an appointment and talk about your dog’s unusual poo is the best thing to do if you are worried. Your vet can check your dog’s health and give you added peace of mind.

MORE THAN pet insurance customers also have access to vetfone, a 24 hour service run by veterinary nurses. They can guide you through any concerns, offer advice and tell you if you need a vet appointment.

If your dog is unwell and needs treatment, make sure you’re both covered with reliable pet insurance. With our basic, classic and premier cover options, you could claim back any unexpected vet costs.

Find out more about our pet insurance and how we can help protect your dog

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