If our day starts with perfect, smooth, struggle-free pooping, that day you will be feeling free, un-stressful, and enthusiastic.

What if not? It will definitely affect your day right? This same thing happens to your pet. Have you ever noticed them behaving oddly, after their pooping session?

If it is happy and active it is due to good poop, or if it is dull and in-active it is due to pain or no poop.

What would be the reason behind this problem? Do we have to be concerned about this? Does it matter? Will it affect its health?

In this article, we are going to answer every question related to your pet’s problematic excretion process and how to get rid of them.

What does a good poop look like?

We, humans, have distinctive poops just like dogs. Their toilet habits also vary from each one of them. Understanding the normal poop will help you to find out if any abnormalities take place. 

Still, it differs from one breed type to another. Yet, we can analyze them with their color, size, shape, odor, sound, and consistency. Let’s have a deep look into them.


The colour is the most apparent sign of anything amiss in your dog’s digestion. It doesn’t require any dirty job, simply you can have a look over it, that’s all it requires. If it is not light or dark brown, especially if it is pale in colour you should be more attentive over what your dog eats. 

 Chalky white: It is a sign of excess calcium and other minerals in what your dog eats. It is mostly reported with the dog which eats mostly raw foods. 

White spots: These white spots which will look like grains may be the sign of tapeworms. This should be treated at this first stage itself. 

 Grey or greasy: It may be due to a problem in the pancreas or bile duct. It should get a veterinarian’s attention.

Dark black or tarry: It could be the cause of internal bleeding, may it be stomach or small intestine. It should be treated very immediately. 

Orange or yellow: It could be a liver or pancreas issue. Your pet is on the stack, get a veterinarian before it is too late. 

Green: It may be the cause of overgrazing of grass due to stress or trouble found in the intestine, or it might be a gall bladder issue.

Red: you can guess what it can be, obviously it is blood. It could be a wound nearby its anal canal. It should get into a veterinarian’s attention.


Don’t be afraid, you aren’t supposed to measure the actual poop to know their size. Your dog’s poop will be dependent on its total body size and the amount of food it takes. Just consider how much inside will come outside.  

The larger size than usual means ingestion. Your pet’s body has some trouble digesting the food it eats and so it is not getting the nutrients it requires from the food it takes. 

The smaller size means loss of appetite. It may be due to illness or blockage in the digestive tract.


The ideal shape for poop is a log-like shape and shouldn’t break apart while moving or collecting. If it is irregular ball shape or stone-like it may be due to stiff joints or dehydration.

Every dog has to be in the right position while pooping but, if your dog is aged it can’t stand still for a long time. You should ask your vet to prescribe some product to smoothen your pet’s excretion. So this will make it easier for them to excrete without pain.


It is very disgusting even to think but, to maintain your pet’s good shape you need to do some nasty work like finding it’s the consistency of poop. Knowing them will help you to detect if anything abnormal happens within your pet’s body.

Normal dog poop will look compact, sturdy, moist, and stiff while clearing it off. Whether it is over-fluid or off its shape, it may be the cause of intestinal problems like indigestion.

If your pet is suffering from dehydration and constipation, its poop will be hard and solid. Does your pet show these signs? Get it to your vet’s attention. 

Apart from these major signs, you should be aware of a few more common things. They are,

Check how often your dog poops?

Knowing the frequency of pooping will help you to early detect the problem before it takes up an incredible form. Some will go one to four times per day, which is normal but if your dog goes more often than usual it might be having indigestion, and the vet’s attention is required. Also if it lacks its routine it might be due to constipation problems. Either way, you should seek your vet’s attention.

Food habit

Have you found something amiss with your pet’s excretion system? good digestion will resemble through the poop. If you are giving digestible organic food to your dog, then you can be free from any doubt about indigestion. Make sure your dog feed is complete food with properly digestible ingredients. But don’t forget the daily feast also messes with your dog’s digestive system.


Do you hear tummy growls very often? Chills are common. But if it is continuously releasing gas with an odd louder sound it has to be taken to your vet.

Are there any signs of odour to identify abnormalities?

No, you can hardly find any abnormality through smell. The smell may vary with many causes but they can’t be a sign of indication about any abnormal things.


  • How to tell your pet’s poop is ill-free?
  • Poop will be light or dark chocolate brown.
  • The shape will be retained even while moving it.
  • The amount of intake has to come out exactly.
  • It will be moist, rod or log shape, and compact.
  • Poop-cycle will be maintained at the right time daily. 

Scanning your dog’s poop will not give you every detail but some will show the sign. If you found something weird out of your dog’s poop habit, take it to your vet’s attention from the first sight itself without delay.

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