Dog Poop Chart

By Hungry Bark | December 31, 2020

If good nutrition is the key to good health, then when health problems start, the digestive tract is where you want to go to learn more about what’s wrong!

You can tell a lot about what is happening inside your dog by taking a look at their poop. When you take a stool sample to your dog’s veterinarian, they aren’t just looking for parasites. They are also taking note of the consistency and color. Even the shape of your dog’s poop can tell a story about their health.

Veterinarians have put together a chart that evaluates the color, shape, and consistency of your pooch’s poop. If something seems off about your dog’s digestion, a quick look at the chart can give you some idea of what may be ailing your dog.

What goes into a healthy dog poop chart?

There are several things to take notice of so you can tell if your dog is having normal bowel movements.

  • Color
  • Shape and consistency
  • Size
  • Frequency

Color

In general, your dog’s poop should be chocolatey brown. If you notice other colors, first, make note of the colors in your dog’s food since some dyes may color their poop. Consult your veterinarian if your dog’s poop is any of these colors:

  • Green - Green poop could be from eating grass. If you know your dog is not a grass eater, this color could also indicate a parasite, excessive bile in their digestive tract, or that they have ingested something dangerous such as rat poison.
  • Yellow - Yellow poop could be a sign of a liver problem.
  • Red Streaks - Bright red streaks signal bleeding near the rectum or near the anus or may also indicate the presence of a parasite.  
  • Black - If the feces are black and tarry, this is indicative of bleeding near the beginning of the GI tract.
  • Grey - Grey poop is a sign of a problem with the pancreas.
  • White Flecks - If you see white flecks that resemble rice, your pup likely has a worm infestation.

Shape and Consistency

The perfect poop is log-shaped and holds its shape when picked up.

If your dog’s poop looks like hard round pellets, they may not be getting enough water. On the other hand, watery stool, squishy drops, and undefined shapes are all classified as diarrhea.

Size

A dog’s bowel movements should correspond to the amount of food they are eating. If it seems like your pup isn’t defecating very much, or they’re only going in very small amounts, but they are still eating the same amount of food, they may be constipated. Consult your veterinarian to find out why.

Frequency

On average, dogs poop about twice a day. All dogs are different, and you know what’s typical for your specific dog. If your dog is pooping more or less frequently, then you may need to consult your veterinarian.

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Maintaining Digestive Health

There are many things that can affect your pooch’s poop. Illness, parasites, even just getting into something they shouldn’t have.

You can help keep your dog's digestion on track with probiotics to help maintain gut health. Hungry Bark Balanced Belly supplement chews contain live probiotics to help populate your dog’s gut biome. Balanced Belly chews will help keep your dog’s digestive tract performing as it should.



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