What is normal dog poo?

Dr Katie Friel-Russell

BVSc MAPDT PGDip CCAB MRCVS Veterinary Behaviourist

What is normal dog poo?

It might not be a questions you’ve asked yourself before, but maybe you should! Especially if you think there might be something wrong, or your pet’s poo has recently changed.

When telling your vet about your pets poo they will want to know;

  • Colour

  • Consistency

  • Size

  • Frequency

They would also want to be told if there is any blood or mucus (jelly-like) in it, or if your pet is straining to go but not passing anything.

Most people just want to clear up the poop and forget about it so it’s important to try to remember these facts, or even better keep a sample for your vet or at least take a photo of it.

Normal poo should be darkish brown, come out in a few long pieces and be easy to pick up in a bag. There shouldn’t be any coating on top or any slimey mucus or blood. Most dogs and cats will go a couple of times a day but shouldn’t have to really strain to pass it.

Black poo can be an indicator that there is blood which has been digested. This happens if there is bleeding from high up in the guts. Bright red blood means bleeding further down. Yellow poo can be an indicator of infection or issues with the pancreas. 

Dog poo actually has a scale for consistency! So it can make it easier to discuss with your vet if you’d prefer to not go into too much detail. The chart below shows a range of poop consistency. Ideally your dog should be passing type three most of the time. Type two or four every now and then isn’t something to be too concerned with but if they are regularly passing any other type it is worth having a chat with your vet about it.

Abnormal poos can be an indicator of poor gut health, some enzyme abnormality disorders, food intolerances or allergies. Sometimes it is the first stage of a more serious illness and so you should always make your vet aware.

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Dr Katie Friel-Russell

BVSc MAPDT PGDip CCAB MRCVS Veterinary Behaviourist


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