Fecal Score Dogs

Highest or lowest scores are probably not what you want to see your dog get with these scores.

Ever wonder if your dogs poop is normal? Is there a change is their poop? By looking at this chart, you can come up with a score and let your veterinarian know that score. Picking up feces and watching animals poop is something many pet owners do often, as you should! It is very important to monitor your pet’s bowel movements and habits when they go to the bathroom, both for those who go outside and those who go inside.

The most important thing to know is what’s normal for your particular pet. All pets are different, even within the same species, breed, and household. You should know the normal color, texture, consistency, and size of your pet’s poop, as well as how often he or she goes.

Red – Bright red stool, or streaks of red in the stool, can indicate bleeding in the lower digestive tract, like the large intestine or the rectum. Pets with red feces should be taken to the veterinarian right away.

Black – Black feces can indicate bleeding in the upper digestive tract, such as the stomach or small intestine. Black stool can also be caused by some medications. Pets with black feces should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Tan – Tan or sandy-colored feces do not fall under “shades of brown” normal. Tan feces can indicate problems with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. Pets with sand-colored stool should be seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Grey – Grey or whitish-colored stool can also indicate problems with the pancreas, liver, or gallbladder. It can also be a sign of infection or disease. Pets who have grey feces should see a veterinarian right away.

The normal texture and consistency of your dog’s poop should be compact, moist and easy to pick up yet feel like Play-Doh when squished. Typically, the shape of your pup’s poop should be like a log and maintain its shape when picked up or moved.

3-5 are usually normal scores for dogs shape, color and consistency.

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