• Nutrition & Wellbeing

How to read your dog's poo

How do you know what to look for?

Written by vet Dr. Steph Wenban

February 13, 2019

Did you know: dog poo is like a crystal ball?

Frequency. Colour. Texture. It can tell you a lot about your dog’s health. But how do you know what to look for? Let’s get down and dirty.

An ideal dog poo is

  • Moist but firm
  • Easy to pick up
  • Doesn’t stick to the ground

A problematic poo is...

Dry, hard and nuggety

Suggests that your dog could be dehyrated.

Being eaten (“coprophagia”)

Usually caused by indigestible sweeteners and flavourings in low-quality food, so the poo smells tasty (to them!)

More than 1-2 days on the trot could 
be worms.

Runny

More than 1-2 days on the trot could be worms.

Suggests a problem with the stomach 
or large intestine.

Bloody (tarry black bits)

Suggests a problem with the stomach or small intestine.

Suggests a problem with the small intestine.

Bloody (fresh red spots)

Suggests a problem with the large intestine.

Could be a large intestine issue, or they might have eaten a dead thing.

Slimy with mucus

Could be a large intestine issue, or they might have eaten a dead thing.

Could be digestive trouble caused by low-quality food.

Super-stinky with knock-'em-dead farts

Could be digestive trouble caused by low-quality food.

Why you need to get to the "bottom" of it...

Problematic poos are often a sign of something more serious. Those health issues won’t get better without a helping hand.

What to do next...

Check in with your vet

(be sure to share the juicy details)

Try a higher quality food

(meat-first and all natural is a good place to start)

Tell a fellow pet parent

who could also benefit from a crystal ball 

There’s more…