What Should Dog Poop Look Like?

When your dog is healthy, his poop shows it. It can be large, firm and range in shades of brown. A sudden change, like blood in your dog’s stool, tells you something is wrong. Keep reading to learn how you can spot health problems simply by looking at your dog’s poop.

“The proof of a pet’s digestive health is in the poop,” says Purina Senior Research Nutritionist Gail Czarnecki-Maulden. There are several ways to evaluate your dog’s digestive health:

  • Frequency: your dog should poop at least one time a day.
  • Color: may depend on the food you feed your dog
  • Consistency: firm stools are ideal