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Poop Explained
COLOR

  1. Brown
    – chocolate brown is ideal
  2. Red
    – bright red or dark red poop is a sign of bleeding in the GI tract
  3. White
    – may indicate pancreas or liver problems
  4. Black
    – tarry black poop may indicate tumor, ulcer, bleeding or an infection
  5. Yellow
    – if there is no change in diet, yellow poop may indicate pancreas, gallbladder or liver problem
  6. White Dots
    – “rice” or “spaghetti” in the poop indicate worms!

SHAPE

  1. Logs
    – consistent, log-shaped and doesn’t leave a trace when picked up is the perfect consistency
  2. Pebbles
    – may indicate dehydration
    – common in elder dogs or pets with kidney problems
  3. Blobs
    – liquid or no shape (diarrhea) indicates an intestinal problem
    – if it doesn’t resolve in 2 stools, contact a veterinarian

POOP FACTS:

– most dogs poop 1-2 times a day

– each gram of dog poop has 23 million fecal coliform bacteria

– dog poop is too acidic to act as fertilizer

– it takes over a year for pet waste to decompose

– about 10 million tons of dog waste ends up in landfills. Use compostable waste baggies.

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